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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

Centre for Criminology

Our Centre is a local and international centre of excellence for the study of criminology. We attract the very best quality undergraduate and postgraduate research students and use our criminological research activities as a base for our teaching.

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.

Anniversary conference

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Our Department has shaped sociological thought and practice across Britain and the world for the last 50 years. Join us to celebrate this anniversary at our summer conference on 24 June 2015.