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Criminology

Developing a criminological imagination will help you to see the world in a completely different way.

Criminology
You find the criminal mind captivating. 

You endeavour to have a meaningful impact on society. You’re prepared to challenge the accepted concepts of justice, punishment and social control. At Essex we encourage you to question the prescribed and critique the accepted norms. Harnessing a criminological imagination will give you fresh eyes to view some of the today’s most pressing issues. But be warned, you will see the world in a completely different way.  

Why study here?
  • You are taught by staff who conduct world-leading research and write the textbooks.
  • We're ranked in the Top 20 universities for criminology in the UK according to the Times Good University Guide 2019.
  • You develop the critical and inventive-thinking skills essential for many graduate jobs.
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What could you do with your degree?

Unsure what your options might be after graduation? Find out what a degree from the Department of Sociology could mean for your career, plus learn about what some of our graduates have done since leaving Essex.

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
There are few things as enlightening as studying crime, criminals and criminal justice.

Although there are many different approaches to the subject, at Essex we take a sociological view. You critique ideas and concepts of justice, punishment and social control. Our courses are contemporary and informed by global theory. You study with other committed, engaged and motivated students, and have the opportunity to attend guest-speaker seminars, events and conferences.

Why study here?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
  • We pioneered sociologically informed approaches to criminology — Essex is where it all started.
  • We’re ranked among the Top 20 universities for criminology in the UK according to the Times Good University Guide 2019.
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Lisa's story

"My Grandad is my inspiration. He passed away when I was 10. He was very East London, very cockney. It sounds bad, but the glamorous side of crime interests me. We’d have story time and I’d be the first to run over and sit down! He’d start telling us about all these criminals, I didn’t know they were real stories and involved him. It sounds bad, but the glamorous side of crime interests me. Rather than get involved in it, I prefer to study it. I think that’s the better option."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
Our Centre for Criminology is a local and international centre of excellence for the study of criminology.

We attract research funding, produce world class research outputs and engage with local schools, colleges and businesses. With our integrated, four-year PhD, you follow our Sociological Research pathway in your first year. This provides Masters-level research training, before undertaking your PhD research. This course is also available for study on a full or part time basis. 

Why study here?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • We pioneered sociologically informed approaches to criminology – Essex is where it all started.
  • You work with world-leading scholars in an exciting and active research environment.
Alexandra's story

"I’ve been at Essex for my undergrad and my masters and now my PhD. I think the thing I’m most proud of is seeing the change in my mentality and my understanding. Not just of criminology and the things we have been studying specifically but how I was able to take that and apply it to different aspects of life and how that has completely changed my mindset and understanding of everything going on around me."

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