Department of Sociology and Criminology

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?
  • We’re 10th in the UK for sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • We’re ranked 17th for promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023)
  • 1st in UK for research environment in Sociology (Grade Point Average, REF 2021)
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Save 33% on your postgraduate tuition fees

If you're currently studying at Essex or have completed a degree with us before, you could save 33% on the first year of both a postgraduate taught course and a research degree.

Alumni Loyalty Discount

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