Essex is a world leader in social science, with Sociology ranked among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017). Be prepared – adopting a criminological imagination will inspire you to see the world in a completely different way. There can be no crime without society. You combine the specialist study of criminology with sociological questions around power, nation-states, identity and social change as well as study crime, criminals and criminal justice within wider social contexts. We teach in interesting and innovative ways with an exciting choice of modules. In your first year you take Introduction to Crime, Law and Society, Sociology and the Modern World and Researching Social Life. During your second year you take Sociology of Crime and Control, Researching Social Life 2, Punishment Justice and Modernity and Crime, Media and Culture. In your final year you will take Globalisation and Crime, and Current Disputes in Social Justice. On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we offer you the opportunity to develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement. Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.