Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in sociology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Our flagship course offers you an intensive grounding in contemporary sociological theory and analysis. You have the option of following one of our designated thematic streams or one of your own choosing, taking available modules that reflect your own interests.

The streams we offer reflect our areas of expertise and provide you with the opportunity to study issues of contemporary concern. You will be taught by leading figures in these fields, who will bring their own experiences and knowledge to your course. The following streams are available:
 Citizenship and Rights
 Criminology
 Culture, Media and Identities
 Global Challenges
 Open Stream

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.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum component score of 6.0

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, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719