We offer supervision that stretches out across Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asian sub-continent, with particular strengths in: criminology and social justice; culture and media; economic sociology; ethnicity, migration and rights; intimacy and gender; science in society; social theory and methodology; and survey methodology. Reflecting this, we are home to two major research centres: the Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI) and the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC).
Many of our postgraduates go on to successful academic careers, both in the UK and overseas. Others have established careers in non-governmental organisations, local authorities, specialist think tanks, government departments, charities, media production, and market research.
Our Department is top 10 in the UK for research with more than three-quarters of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world-class scholars, thus graduating with an outstanding qualification that will help in all your future endeavours.
We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical spectrum. Many have worked at the local level with local authorities, justice councils, community partnerships and charities. Others have worked at a national and international level with bodies like the United Nations, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Public Understanding of Science, Amnesty International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Home Office and national non-governmental organisations.
At Essex, our library holdings in sociology are strong and there are also relevant archives, including the Peter Townsend archive, as well as an extensive collection of papers relating to the work of Sigmund Freud.
Within our Department of Sociology, we have an ever-increasing range of open-access computing facilities available for your use and, to furtherassist you with your research, we have bibliographic and qualitative analysis packages available on some of these machines.
We have our own Student Resource Centre which provides a range of support for all our sociology students, including help with study skills.
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As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible.
Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance of your experience and training.
You need the following IELTS score:
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For research study within our Department of Sociology, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.
If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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