World leaders in political science

We ask difficult questions to find important answers - where will the next civil war start? Can we predict social unrest from tweeting patterns? Why should we obey the law? We'll help you understand how the forces that shape our world really work.

We train you to be fearless and independent, to question everything and draw on the broadest possible range of facts and ideas to get both sides of the story.

Our academics are some of the biggest names in the field, giving you unrivalled access to the best minds in politics. As well as conducting ground-breaking research (REF 2014), your lecturers advise political parties, governments and international NGOs.

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


Our courses

choose us?

Top 10 in the world for political science and international relations (Centre for World University Rankings 2017)
92% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
Top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014)
Ranked 5th for politics in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018)
Awarded Q-Step Affiliate status to develop your quantitative skills
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"Join our community of students, staff and alumni who pursue a deeper understanding of the political world, to make it better."
Professor Lawrence Ezrow Head, Department of Government
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Our research

Over the past 45 years, we've built a solid reputation as the best political science department in the UK and rest of Europe, achieving the top rating in all six Research Excellence Frameworks (REF). Our researchers focus on many different areas of politics and regularly publish in leading journals.

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Department of Government University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872759