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Social science at Essex

We build knowledge about the world, challenge conventional wisdom about that world, and create 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

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

Social science festival

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We’re celebrating our social science research with events for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science. Find out more.

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.