Study with us
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.
We offer a range of undergraduate
courses in sociology, criminology, anthropology, media and psychosocial
studies which will inspire you.
The fascinating topics you can study range from culture, citizenship, crime
and deviance, and the environment, to globalisation, health, the media, work,
sexualities and intimacies.
We love inquisitive students who ask bold questions, challenge beliefs and
contribute to stimulating discussions.
Sociology at Essex
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. You'll investigate what connects people and what divides
them, and explore questions of social justice and equality.
You'll look at broad questions about the world. Why are societies unequal?
What is equality? What does it mean to hold power over others? Why are some
societies violent? You'll research and answer questions using a variety of
techniques, including interviews, surveys and observations.
We are ranked among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the
QS World University Rankings (2017) and top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF
2014) with more than three-quarters of
our research rated 'world leading'
internationally excellent'. We achieved 98% student satisfaction
(NSS 2016), ranking in the top 10 in the UK.
Develop your sociological imagination
You can expect to be stretched and pushed outside your comfort zone as our
courses are intellectually demanding, but in return our supportive community of
staff and students, and our
Student Resource Centre,
provide all the back-up and inspiration you need to enjoy an
enriching and transformative experience.
With our encouragement and your motivation, you develop a sociological
imagination to take out into the world and change it for the better.
You may already be familiar with
our academics before you meet them in lectures - core A-level texts are
written by us. Our lecturers look at subjects from many different viewpoints,
challenging and pushing themselves as much as they will you, ensuring
our research and teaching is
Whether it's the battle between Apple and Spotify or the exploitation of
female bodybuilders, our world-leading academics have their fingers on the pulse
of modern society and ensure you do too.
Training social scientists for the future
Essex is one of just three universities in the country to have received
Q-Step Affiliate status
for our social science courses.
The UK has a shortage of social scientists with advanced maths and
statistical skills. As part of Q-Step, you can opt to take a specialised degree
pathway in applied quantitative methods, take paid work placements and receive
bursaries, giving you the skills that employers are looking for.
Life after Essex
When you graduate, you'll have the skills and expert training that employers
are looking for, helping you to stand out from the crowd.
Our graduates are successful
and go on to have careers in a variety
of fields, such as the police, government, youth work and care.
UG Open Days
Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff
can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply for our courses. We can provide help and advice,
and guide you through the application process. We're always happy to answer any questions you have both before and during your application.
Meet our academics
Our world-leading academics have their fingers on the pulse of
modern society, researching and teaching a range of fascinating topics in a department ranked top 50 in the world. Their books
are used by universities around the world.
Q-Step Affiliate status
We are one of three universities in the UK to receive Q-Step Affiliate status,
meaning you can develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement.