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Sociology

Sociology touches every aspect of our daily lives.

Sociology
How do you define yourself, your family and others?

We investigate what connects people with each other and what divides us, as well as exploring questions of social justice and equality. At Essex you develop a sociological imagination to take out into the world and change it for the better.

Why study here?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019)
  • Dedicated student resource centre offering academic and personal support
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Alice's story

"I led on a project in Bhutan which was about the transition of power from a main state to the different regions, and it was also about climate change. I was trying to win the projects and the other part of the office was trying to implement them. I liked it because it brought out a very competitive side of me. I knew already that I was competitive but it came out so much on my placement."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Develop imaginative new approaches to sociology.

Work alongside our world-class academics who spearhead the pursuit for a new understanding of the social world – exploring questions of social justice and equality. Our spirit of critical enquiry drives us in the quest for academic excellence.

We build on the traditions of sociological analysis, with a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. We explore the contributions of cultural history, criminology, social anthropology, social psychology, social philosophy, feminism, and global sociology.

Why study here?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
  • Get to grips with big data through the UK Data Archive and our renowned Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019)
Fernanda's story

"I love research and I love studying governments and why they don’t work sometimes. I think it’s worth recognising when they do work and when they do things for the people. My main aspirations are to develop policies so I can help local governments in Mexico which tend to be the most inefficient and corrupt sometimes."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
We're Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014), with 78% of our research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

We're also ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019)

Why study here?
  • You work with world-leading scholars who have their finger on the pulse of modern society, in an exciting and active research environment.
  • We offer supervision that stretches out across Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asian sub-continent.
  • We're home to a number of doctoral training centres; research-council-funded programmes that offer funding and training via studentships.
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