Welcome

We are world leaders in political science, asking difficult questions to find important answers. Where will the next civil war start? Can we predict social unrest from tweeting patterns? We'll help you understand how the forces that shape our world really work.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses train you to be fearless and independent, to question everything and to draw on the broadest possible range of facts and ideas. Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unrivalled access to the best minds in politics. As well as conducting ground-breaking research, your lecturers advise political parties, governments and international NGOs.

If you want to study with the best and are prepared to challenge your own opinions to uncover the truth, welcome home.

Our strengths

First Chief Scientific Adviser

Tom Scotto

Leading political scientist Professor Tom Scotto has been appointed as Essex's first Chief Scientific Adviser in an innovative collaboration between the University and Essex County Council.

Best in Britain

Downing Street

Results from the Research Excellence Framework 2014 have ranked our politics research as the best in Britain, with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

As one of the larger political science departments in Europe, we offer undergraduate courses that give you a sound understanding of political systems, political behaviour and political ideas.