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Our Department is in the top 50 in the world and one of the best in Europe, providing our students with an outstanding Essex education through research-led teaching by world-leaders in their field.

Rated 91% overall satisfaction (NSS 2014), our intellectual breadth and diversity of our teaching is informed by our consistent ranking as first in the UK for sociology research.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses provide students with the opportunity to develop new approaches to sociology, with a range of support available to help them excel at Essex, and equip them with the skills and knowledge to succeed thereafter.

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Sociology at Essex

Fifty contributions from past and present staff and students tell the story of Essex sociology in a new 50th anniversary book edited by Ken Plummer. Find out more about one of our University's founding departments.