Department of Sociology

Masters study

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Shaping sociology and society

At Essex, you'll think differently, embrace conflicting viewpoints and be creative in your research.

We'll teach you to question everything and assume nothing and always link theory with evidence to investigate, present and debate topics that fascinate you. Whatever your idea, we'll find a way to make it work.

Our interdisciplinary approach means our curriculum is broad and often unorthodox, our outlook is international and far-reaching, and our staff are not always sociologists. We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into your course. You'll work closely with our academics, whose books are used by universities around the world.

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Why choose us?
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for Sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)
  • Ranked 23rd in the UK for sociology (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • We are 16th for criminology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
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We'll give you a loyalty discount of up to 33% on the tuition fee for your first year of postgraduate study at Essex, if you're one of our graduates, studied abroad with us, or have a spouse or partner studying here as a full-time international student paying overseas fees.

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Covid-19 and Teaching

Information for applicants and returning students

Are you joining us in 2021 or returning to Campus? Read our COVID-19 guidance for applicants and returning students.

Great resources and facilities

Our courses give you research method skills and with rare first-hand access to national research data and resources in our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and UK Data Archive, you can analyse real data for your work.

You have access to our dedicated Student Resource Centre, giving you both academic and personal support and you'll be part of a community of students from all over the world.


"I chose to study at Essex because of its international reputation. I found the teaching to be excellent and stimulating, and my lecturers took a personal interest in my development. I liked it so much that I have decided to stay at Essex for my PhD."
Jayne Cottee MA sociology and management