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Ask a postgraduate
Ask an experienced postgraduate student about living and studying at Essex
through our online mentoring scheme. Our mentors will be happy to answer your questions at any stage during your postgraduate degree.
We offer a range of Masters and
in sociology, criminology and psychosocial studies.
We encourage you to be creative in your research, to question everything
and to assume nothing. Whatever your idea, we'll find a way to make it work.
Sociology at Essex
You'll work closely with
our world-leading academics and receive unique training from a
department ranked in the top 30 in the world.
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.
Our campus is internationally diverse. You'll be part of a community of
research students from all over the world. Our
resource centre supports you in your studies
We are ranked among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the
QS World University Rankings (2017), and top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF
2014) with more than three-quarters of
our research rated 'world leading'
internationally excellent'. We achieved 98% student satisfaction
ranking in the top 10 in the UK.
Over the years our research has informed an array of issues that impact our
society. From studying fatherless families in the 1970s (a report the
authorities wanted to block) to considering 21st century issues around lesbian
motherhood, our research has never shied away from controversy.
Hear from our students
"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
Find out what other students
enjoy about Essex.
Life after Essex
When you graduate, you'll have the skills and expert training that employers
are looking for, helping you to stand out from the crowd.
are successful and go on to have
careers in a variety of fields, such as the police, government, youth work
Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be
available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.
We're one of just 21 ESRC Doctoral Training Centres in the UK, reflecting our outstanding reputation for social science. We offer
a number of PhD studentships and outstanding training opportunities.
Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.