Sociology can encompass 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 with each other 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
We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into
our courses, linking theory with evidence. Our
world-leading academics will teach you to have your finger on the pulse of
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
Centre for Criminology
Our Centre is a local and international centre of excellence for the study of criminology.
We attract the very best quality undergraduate and postgraduate research students and use our
criminological research activities as a base for our teaching.
Study with us
Find out about our courses and research study opportunities. Ranked first in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, we offer an outstanding environment for your studies.
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.