We are the highest rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014) .
You thrive off the unpredictable nature of the political landscape. You want to have a meaningful impact on tomorrow’s world. Top 15 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and the highest rated politics department in the UK*, at Essex we are proud of our longstanding political reputation. Britain leaving the EU, the Climate Emergency, COVID-19 response – there is no better time to study politics than now.
*(REF 2014 mainstream universities, THE 2014)
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.
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.
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.