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). You combine sociological and psychoanalytical approaches to the study of society, and the different kinds of social tensions, interactions, networks and emotions that make up everyday life. We bring together expertise from our top-ranking Department of Sociology and Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. You learn about the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Jung and about the social, cultural and clinical applications of their ideas. You develop a range of research design techniques to explore why individuals, groups, cultures and people are the way they are, and the unconscious as well as conscious factors that shape human behaviour. On your placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business, 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.