Know. Challenge. Change.
New experimental lab
ESSEXLab, the new state-of-the-art facility for academic researchers to run interactive social science experiments, is now available. Registration is also open
to take part in experiments.
Social science at Essex builds knowledge about the world, challenges
conventional wisdom about that world, and creates innovative ways to change the
We have a powerful group of scholars, asking critical questions and
challenging convention through their
world-leading social science research (REF 2014). From how best to govern ourselves, to understanding society and
how we acquire language, to how we conduct business and interact with each
other, we answer profound questions.
Our Faculty is home to some of the most highly-rated
social science departments and research centres in the country. We are
training social scientists of the future through our
at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Our students learn how
substantive knowledge about the world is created from a hunch and developed into
credible research with well-supported findings.
To know, we must understand how society works, challenge it, and therefore
understand how to make it better. Welcome to social science at Essex.
Q-Step Affiliate status
We are one of three universities in the UK to receive Q-Step Affiliate status,
meaning you can take a specialised degree pathway, receive student bursaries or go on work placement to develop your quantitative skills.
Our employability team are here to support you. We provide many services including training on job applications and CVs as well as work placements.
Dean's list photos
High achieving students from departments across our Faculty came together to celebrate their successes with staff.
See photos from the event on Flickr.