Research course

Criminology and Socio-Legal Research

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Sociology
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For MA by dissertation: upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any discipline. For MPhil and PhD: Masters in Sociology.

PhD, MPhil, MA by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, July, October

Course content

We were ranked the top department in the UK in the last RAE (December 2008). Our research students are supervised and supported by world leaders in their fields, so you graduate with an outstanding qualification that will help in all your future endeavours.

Our research strength lies in our size, in the range and diversity of our research interests and our staff members who are committed to research and publication. Our research 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 these strengths, 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).

Our research supervision is extremely wide ranging so, whether you are looking to carry out research in survey methodology, criminology or cultural history, we can offer appropriate expertise and support.

Research supervision is available in the following fields: criminology and social justice; culture and media; economic sociology; ethnicity, migration and rights; intimacy and gender; science in society; social theory and methodology; survey methodology.

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 University is strong across the social sciences so, by studying with us, you gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by world-class scholars. We have strong interdisciplinary links which mean your studies can be informed by a variety of perspectives.

Department specialisms

Supervision is offered in all areas of staff expertise, including: class; crime; culture; family; gender; media; race; sociological theory.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-soc@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 873051