Sociology touches every aspect of our daily lives.

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?
  • Rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014)
  • Ranked among the top 50 departments in the world according to the QS World University Rankings (2017)
  • Dedicated student resource centre offering academic and personal support

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?
  • We are Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) – join our thriving research culture.
  • Get to grips with big data through the UK Data Archive and our renowned Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).
  • We are ranked among the Top 50 institutions in the world for sociology (QS 2017).
We're ranked Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014), with 78% of our research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

We're also ranked among the Top 50 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017).

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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