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Politics and international relations

We are the highest rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014) .

Politics and international relations

Britain leaving the EU, Trump as President, Mugabe forced to resign. At such an unpredictable time in history, there has never been a more exciting time to study Politics and International Relations. 

At Essex our research explores everything from UK politics and African politics to the role of NGOs. We cast light on aspects of life you might never ordinarily connect to politics and government. Want to know why earthquakes are deadlier where the Mafia is stronger? How cellphone activity predicts riots? Or why people who are scared of spiders are more conservative? Ask an Essex political scientist.

We’ve long been known as a leader in political science, consistently ranking top for our research excellence, and recently earning a place in the Top 10 in the Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Why study here?
  • We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019)
  • A number of our degrees are awarded with Applied Quantitive Methods, meaning our graduates have the enhanced quantitive skills employers are searching for.
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Dupinder's story

"I would like to do a bit of work in development especially on women’s right in India; it’s one thing that I am passionate about. But owning a business is what I want. I couldn’t work for someone else for too long!"

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Explore the study of power and understand decisions that shape the world we live in. 

Our politics department is rated top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and our world leading staff can help you to research the answers to the questions that really matter. We teach you how to explain vital political outcomes and analyse political decisions. We break away from the norm and explore unexpected areas of politics. Want to know why earthquakes are deadlier where the Mafia is stronger? How cellphone activity predicts riots? Or why people who are more scared of spiders are more conservative? Ask an Essex political scientist.

Why study here?
  • We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019) and in the top 10 in The Times Good University Guide 2019.
  • Her Majesty The Queen in 2013 conferred the only Regius Professorship in Political Science on our Department of Government.
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Gabija's story

"I think my decision to study Conflict Resolution comes from my interests in security, negotiations and mediations. I started doing International Relations, that was my Bachelors, but I really liked security studies and security related stuff the most. Topics such as violence, how to stop insurgences, terrorism and stuff like that – it’s very current."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
Our PhD programme provides you with advanced research training and supervision by leading global scholars. 

Our students have published in acclaimed political science journals such as Electoral Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Education Policy and Journal of Peace Research.

Our Department of Government offers two routes to a research degree:  

Both are three-year programmes. A PhP is normally for students without a prior Masters degree and you normally take a number of taught modules in your first year.

Why study here?
  • We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019)
  • Her Majesty The Queen in 2013 conferred the only Regius Professorship in Political Science on our Department of Government.
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