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). At Essex you explore how society is structured and why individuals and groups behave in certain ways. You gain the intellectual tools to analyse and solve complex problems. We teach in interesting and innovative ways with an exciting choice of modules. In your first year you take Sociology and the Modern World which explores how social scientists have theorised major social changes, and Researching Social Life which introduces different research methods. There are a range of optional modules available too. During your second year you take Researching Social Life 2 and Continuity and Controversy in Sociology, which continues on from modules in your first year. In your final year you take Current Disputes in Sociology which broadens and deepens some important themes from your second year. 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.