University of Essex

University of Essex


Building on knowledge gained in your 1st degree, you explore some of the most important and significant debates in contemporary social theory, learning to think analytically about theoretical questions. You discover the importance of social theory in developing a politically engaged understanding of concepts such as post-structuralism, feminism and actor-network theory. You also develop the skills needed to make your own contribution to the field, gaining a critical and coherent perspective on empirical research and examining the key assumptions and ideological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in sociology or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Contemporary debates in sociology; sociological research design; dissertation. Optional modules include: Advertising (commerce and creativity); applied sampling; colonialism, culture and human rights; contemporary debates in sociology; coverage and non-response in surveys; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; digital economy; dynamics of home and work; ethnography; formative debates in criminology; gender, sexuality and feminist theory; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; introduction to quantitative analysis; introduction to survey design and management; media theory; organised crime (global and local); panel data methods; sociological research design; sociology of human rights; survey measurement and question design; texts and documents; work-based project.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by coursework and by your 20,000-word dissertation, produced during the summer.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01206 872719