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Welcome

Sociology can encompass every aspect of your daily life. How you relate to politicians, celebrities, your teachers, your friends. How you define yourself, your family and others. At Essex we investigate what connects people with each other and what divides them. We explore questions of social justice and equality.

We are in the top 25 sociology departments in the world and top-rated in the UK for the quality of our research. We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into our courses, linking theory with evidence. Our world-leading academics will teach you to have your finger on the pulse of modern society.

If you want to be stretched and challenged, if you're ready to develop a sociological imagination and take it out into the world, welcome home.

Why we are unique

50 people, 1 question

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We’re celebrating 50 years of confronting challenging questions and the way society works. In this video we asked students, staff and the community to consider one of society’s challenging questions...

Study with us

Find out about our courses and research study opportunities. Ranked first in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, we offer an outstanding environment for your studies.

Sociology at Essex

Fifty contributions from past and present staff and students tell the story of Essex sociology in a new 50th anniversary book edited by Ken Plummer. Find out more about one of our University's founding departments.