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Politics and international relations

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Politics and international relations
Your finger is on the pulse of current affairs. 

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 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. 

Why study here?
  • We are 6th in UK for research power in politics and international studies (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022)
  • 13th for Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
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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.

Why study here?
  • 13th for Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022)
  • 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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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 are 6th in UK for research power in politics and international studies (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022)
  • Her Majesty The Queen in 2013 conferred the only Regius Professorship in Political Science on our Department of Government.
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