Research course


University of Essex · Department of Sociology
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 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 of Sociology was placed joint first in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world-class scholars, thus graduating 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.

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:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873051