University of Essex

University of Essex

Sociological Research

This course provides a foundation in empirical research, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer advanced study of research design, specific research techniques, and their evaluation. Students also study a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, and acquire a critical appreciation of empirical research methodology. Graduates understand the connection between theory and empirical methodology, and are able to produce, evaluate and effectively communicate research findings. Throughout the course students gain broad-based research training which is indispensable for those wishing to proceed to a PhD.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject; IELTS 6.5.

Course modules

Modules include: Interviewing and qualitative data analysis; contemporary debates in sociology; dissertation; quantitative analysis from univariate to multivariate methods; sociological research design. options: advertising: commerce and creativity; biography and psychosocial research; capitalism and its critics; citizenship, international migration and human rights; colonialism, culture and human rights; contemporary debates in sociology; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; dynamics of home and work; ethnography; formative debates in criminology; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; media theory; organised crime: global and local; panel data methods; quantitative analysis from univariate to multivariate methods; society and the environment: the global challenge; sociological research design; sociology of human rights 1; sociology of human rights 2: selected special topics; survey methods i: design and measurement; survey methods 2: sampling, inference and management; texts and documents.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available; this course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 for talented postgraduates; the University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,120 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,950 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,120 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,120 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,120 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,475 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (England) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, Department of Sociology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719