Department of Government

Undergraduate study

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Question everything

We want you to challenge us and continue the debate outside your class, whether that's in the common room, the café or the bar.

You'll learn to always ask, and answer, the "how do you know?" question, moving from opinions to evidence and explore the behaviour of all key political players - states, presidents, cabinets, parties and citizens, and the big ideas that underlie behaviour across the world.

Your lecturers are some of the biggest names in the field. They're using research to answer important questions, such as how governments and citizens can be persuaded to tackle climate change, and the consequences of the end of the world.

We've taught some of the best minds in the country and you'll be part of this Essex tradition of producing the brightest political minds in the UK.

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Why choose us?
  • We are ranked 2nd in UK for research outputs in Politics and International Studies (REF 2021)
  • 27th in the UK for Politics in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023)
"Going to Essex was life changing. My career since leaving Essex has all been a result of the experiences and skills I had whilst at university."
Ben Wright BA Politics graduate

Your skills

You learn skills that make you highly employable:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • gathering and analysing evidence
  • questioning established ideas
  • expressing ideas clearly and logically
  • writing to the point.
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