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Sociology touches every aspect of your daily life. How you relate to politicians, celebrities, your teachers, your friends. How you define yourself, your family and others. At Essex we investigate what connects people and what divides them. We explore questions of social justice and equality.
We are in the top 25 sociology departments in the world and top-rated in the UK for the quality of our research. We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into our postgraduate courses, linking theory with evidence. Our world-leading academics will teach you to have your finger on the pulse of modern society.
If you want to be stretched and challenged, if you're ready to develop a sociological imagination and take it out into the world, welcome home.
Why we are unique:
• 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2015), ranked in the top 10% in the UK
• Ranked among the top 30 departments on the planet according to the QS World Rankings 2016
• Rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014)
• Dedicated student resource centre offering academic and personal support
• Awarded Q-Step Affiliate status to develop quantitative skills
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We are surrounded by advertising, marketing and media campaigns in a hugely competitive world-wide marketplace. Our societies are constantly influenced by the advertising industry, and businesses need to become increasingly aware of the societies and cultures in which they're operating. Read more
How do we understand crime? How can it be prevented? Why should crime be punished, and how should we go about it? Criminologists engage with some of the most pressing issues, decisions and dilemmas facing societies today. Read more
Discover how to turn raw data into useful information which can tell us about how people work. You learn how to gain an understanding of society through carrying out case studies, surveys, and observational research. Read more
There can be no crime without society. Combining the specialist study of criminology with a broad approach to sociological questions, our course emboldens you to study crime, criminals, and criminal justice within wider social contexts. Read more
Businesses require an understanding of people - both of individuals, and of a potentially large customer-base. As the occupation of management grows and changes, it demands a more specialised understanding of the modern organisation and the world it operates in. Read more
What trends in migration have we seen in recent years? Do some societies facilitate adaptation for migrants better than others? Migration, refugees and forced displacement are some of the most pressing and controversial challenges facing contemporary societies and nation states. Read more
In recent years, issues of terrorism and organised crime have gained an unprecedented profile, provoked significant social concern, and dominated both law-and-order and many wider social policy agendas. Read more