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 96% overall satisfaction (NSS 2013), 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.
Why we are unique
- 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2013), ranked in the top three for UK
- One of the top 50 sociology departments in the world
- Rated top in all six Research Assessment Exercises (RAE)
- Dedicated student resource centre
offering academic and personal support
- Comprehensive short course programme
in social research methods
Our academics have a wide range of
research interests and areas of specialism. They also operate within five research groups
which reflect our strengths in subject areas like social division and culture to sociological theory and method.
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.
News and events
Check out our news and events section for the latest information about publications, research excellence, awards and achievements by our staff and students.