Know. Challenge. Change.

New experimental lab

ESSEXLab, the new state-of-the-art facility for academic researchers to run interactive social science experiments, is now available. Registration is also open to take part in experiments.

Social science at Essex builds knowledge about the world, challenges conventional wisdom about that world, and creates innovative ways to change the world.

We have a powerful group of scholars, asking critical questions and challenging convention through their world-leading social science research (REF 2014). From how best to govern ourselves, to understanding society and how we acquire language, to how we conduct business and interact with each other, we answer profound questions.

Our Faculty is home to some of the most highly-rated social science departments and research centres in the country. We are training social scientists of the future through our research-led teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Our students learn how substantive knowledge about the world is created from a hunch and developed into credible research with well-supported findings.

To know, we must understand how society works, challenge it, and therefore understand how to make it better. Welcome to social science at Essex.

Our strengths

Q-Step Affiliate status

Table of data on a computer screen

We are one of three universities in the UK to receive Q-Step Affiliate status, meaning you can take a specialised degree pathway, receive student bursaries or go on work placement to develop your quantitative skills.

Your employability

Interview training

Our employability team are here to support you. We provide many services including training on job applications and CVs as well as work placements.

Dean's list photos

Group of students at our Dean's list event

High achieving students from departments across our Faculty came together to celebrate their successes with staff. See photos from the event on Flickr.