All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.
Why we're great
Our rankings speak for themselves. We are one of the top departments in the
UK for research quality (REF 2014) and ranked
among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the
QS World University Rankings (2017).
We were one of Essex's founding departments and from the very start focused
on how people thought about major social issues such as poverty, inequality,
class, welfare and the 'third world'. Many prestigious researchers have worked
in or been associated with our Department, leading the way for a new
understanding of the social world.
What needs to change in society?
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 most challenging questions.
Committed to you
Our students are at the heart of what we do. We have set up a number of
initiatives to support you throughout your studies, from personal tutors and
academic skills workshops to journals publishing your work. Our latest
National Student Survey 2016 score of
98% is testimony to the dedication we have to you.
is unique to Essex and can help with any issues you may be having, both personal
and academic, throughout your time at Essex.
Working with world leaders
We are at the cutting edge of knowledge about social change in the 21st
century. Our researchers study a range of topics from equality, stratification,
work and gender to newer concerns with globalisation, economic sociology,
citizenship and human rights, the environment, culture, crime and sexuality. You
develop new, imaginative approaches to sociology alongside world-leading
A national focus for social and economic research
Essex is the leading university in the UK for social science and the focal
point for national funding for social and economic research. We have close links
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and
UK Data Archive, giving you access to the latest research materials,
datasets, archives and resources.