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Criminology

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

Criminology

Criminology demands critical engagement with some of the most pressing issues, decisions and dilemmas facing societies today. 

You're encouraged to critique ideas and concepts of justice, punishment and social control. But be warned – adopting a criminological imagination will inspire you to 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 10 universities for criminology in the UK according to the Times Good University Guide 2018.
  • You develop the critical and inventive-thinking skills essential for many graduate jobs.
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 10 universities for criminology in the UK according to the Times Good University Guide 2018.
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.
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