Faculty of Social Sciences

We are training social scientists of the future.

Through our research-led teaching 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.

Our Faculty is home to some of the most highly-rated social science departments and research centres in the country. 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.

Social Science at Essex
  • The Faculty boasts an outstanding international research reputation that has a direct impact and influence on social and economic issues facing the world
  • The Faculty houses eight departments, working collaboratively to produce world-leading research, delivering an exceptional standard of teaching and student experience
  • Three of our departments were ranked within the top ten in the UK for research excellence in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
Trusted leaders in quantitative research

Data-driven social science research is addressing the greatest global challenges of our time. The Faculty of Social Sciences leads the way in cutting-edge methodologies and draws on their extensive global research networks to uncover inconvenient truths, test and refine dominant theories and develop new areas of knowledge. Download our booklet to learn more about how quantitative research informs social science at Essex.

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Faculty of Social Sciences University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872690
University of Essex University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873333