Taught course

Sociology and Management

University of Essex · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative course provides you with a unique opportunity to gain a critical appreciation of the social dynamics of work in the twenty-first century. As the occupation of management grows and changes, to demand a more specialised understanding of the modern organisation and the world it operates in, potential managers need an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of their occupation and its context.

Combining theoretical perspectives from the disciplines of sociology and management, you explore the importance of debates surrounding power, culture, class, gender, sexuality and new forms of labour as a means of understanding the complexities of today's contemporary workplace. MA Sociology and Management will particularly interest you if you wish to advance your knowledge of the social sciences in general, and will provide a platform if you wish to work in management roles or carry out further social 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.

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


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