Impatient to create a fairer future?
You thrive off the unpredictable nature of the political landscape. You want to have a meaningful impact on tomorrow’s world. We’re 16th in the UK for International Relations and 27th in the UK for Politics (Guardian University Guide 2024), and we are 6th in UK for research power in politics and international studies (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
Britain leaving the EU, the Climate Emergency, COVID-19 response – there is no better time to study politics than now.
Explore the study of power and understand decisions that shape the world we live in.
We are 6th in UK for research power in politics and international studies (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021) 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.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.