Faculty of Social Sciences

Our Faculty of Social Sciences is home to some of the most highly-rated social science departments and research centres in the country. We are rated 4th in the UK for our research excellence in social sciences with our politics research confirmed as best in the UK (REF).



Social scientists at Essex are seeking to change the world by asking critical questions and challenging convention. Our trusted academics use pioneering methodologies; they draw on their extensive global research networks to uncover inconvenient truths, test and refine dominant theories, develop new areas of knowledge, and produce robust evidence to support their work.


With over 20 active research centres, countless research projects, multiple impact case studies and many awards for teaching excellence, our Faculty is proud to embody the very best social science teaching and research practices.

  • The UK Data Archive (UKDA) is a global centre of excellence in acquiring, curating and providing access to social science and humanities data. 
  • ESSEXLab is a dedicated social science research laboratory, leading the way for experimental social science research.
  • The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) is a leading centre for the production and analysis of longitudinal studies.

Colchester, England, United Kingdom


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