2020 applicants
Department

Government

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.

We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities). 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, 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.

 

 

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Why
choose us?

University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
You have access to some of the best minds in politics and the biggest names in the field
We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities)
5th for politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
Awarded Q-Step Affiliate status to develop your quantitative skills
UoTY winners 2018
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Department of Government University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872759