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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' or ' internationally excellent'.

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.

Innovative teaching

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 evolving.

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

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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

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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

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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.