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Masters courses

All MA courses are available on a full or part-time basis.

  • MA Sociology

    You look at the tensions, interactions and networks that dictate how societies are organised. Focusing on topics such as citizenship, gender, media and criminology, you contribute to the thinking that guides organisations such as the Home Office, Amnesty International and the United Nations.


  • MA Sociology by Dissertation

    This course is for you if you want to carry out a relatively small piece of original research under the supervision of an academic member of staff. The minimum period is one year full-time (two years part-time) with a maximum of two years full-time (three years part-time), and the length of the completed research dissertation should be no more than 30,000 words.

    You should submit a dissertation for a Mastership to present the results of original research carried out during the approved period and should demonstrate advanced understanding of the area of study. The dissertation should set out the relationship between your work and the wider field of knowledge, and should be expressed clearly and concisely. Arrangements can be made for you to attend appropriate sociological modules to ensure relevant theoretical and research methods training. This should be discussed at an early stage with the dissertation supervisor.

    How to apply

    If you are interested in applying, please submit a short research proposal outlining the aims, objectives and expected methodology of your project for consideration by the Graduate Director. Proposals should be sent to: socpgadm@essex.ac.uk.

  • MA Advertising, Marketing and the Media

    We are surrounded by advertising, marketing and media campaigns in a hugely competitive world-wide marketplace and these areas form an important commercial function within businesses and organisations. The study of advertising and marketing is an established and important area within business and management studies and the sociology of consumption and consumer culture.


  • MA Criminology

    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. On our course you explore the nature of crime, criminal justice and punishment within wider social contexts.


  • MSc Criminology and Socio-Legal Research

    This course forms part of our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation and combines training in current debates in criminology with a foundation in sociological research design, plus an introduction to legal theory and legal methods. It provides a good basis if you wish to conduct criminological research with a socio-legal dimension.


  • MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security

    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.

    We draw on state-of-the-art research to address key critical issues surrounding organised criminality and terrorism in contemporary society. We involve multi-level analyses of organised crime as a concept, alongside the impacts of urbanisation, migration and globalisation upon both the practice of crime and the ways in which we understand them. In addition, the course addresses cutting-edge critical, conceptual and theoretical analyses of terrorism and counter-terrorism.


  • MA Sociological Research Methods

    This course provides a strong foundation in carrying out empirical research, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer you advanced study of research design and of specific research techniques and their evaluation. In the process you also acquire a critical appreciation of empirical research methodology.


  • MSc Survey Methods for Social Research

    What methods are used to discover how people behave, what they believe and what opinions they hold? What sort of sampling techniques are needed to access different types of population? What is the best way to design a questionnaire?


  • MA Sociology and Management

    You gain a critical appreciation of the social dynamics of work in the twenty-first century. As the occupation of management grows and changes, to demand a more specialised understanding of the modern organisation and the world it operates in, potential managers need an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of their occupation and its context.