University of Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy and Politics

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Course summary

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Our BA in Philosophy and Politics course is one of the pathways within the BA Social Sciences degree. It is ideal if you want to keep your options open or study specific topics, such as race, class, crime or religion, from a variety of different perspectives. This flexible degree lets you study at least three subjects in the first year, and in the second and third year deepen your understanding of the subjects you feel passionate about. The six main subject areas are:

  • Criminology - The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Philosophy - The study of the nature of knowledge, truth and values. It encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Politics - The study of human organisation, government and power, political systems and institutions.
  • Quantitative Methods - The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Social Anthropology - The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Sociology - The study of society and examines issues such as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.
You are not tied to the course code you apply to on UCAS, and have the option to change after Year 1.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeVL52
Institution code M20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB Typical Contextual Offer: BBB We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-Level. Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages. accept native language A Levels providing they are taken in the same sitting as your other subjects. We will not accept the combination of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a native language. We accept the Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) as equivalent to an A-level if taken alongside two full A-levels from the list of acceptable subjects above.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Accepted with grades MMM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Access to HE Diploma We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years. Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions / 9 Merits). 'Pass' in Level 2 English and Mathematics. Contact: Tom McCunnie, [email protected]
Scottish Higher We typically ask for grades of ABBBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at grades BBB. or Two Advanced Highers at grades BB, plus two additional Highers at grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact [email protected] further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Accepted with grades DM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M Accepted with grade M in combination with two A-levels at grade BB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grade BB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Scottish Advanced Higher We typically ask for grades of ABBBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at grades BBB. or Two Advanced Highers at grades BB, plus two additional Highers at grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact [email protected] further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 6,5,5 at Higher level, 34 points overall. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level. Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019. For this programme of study we will accept: Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels to be included within this. We consider the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Applicants are expected to achieve D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A-level subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Accepted with grades MMM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Accepted with grades DM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM Accepted with grades MM in combination with two A-levels at grade BB in different subject areas to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grade BB in different subject areas to the diploma.

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme: Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C. Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C. For all other foundation programmes please see our full list of approved UK foundation programmes.

Additional entry requirements

Interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each subtest.

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is: GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C. IELTS 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component. TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking. iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B An acceptable equivalent qualification The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.

Acceptable English Language Qualifications

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2021 have not yet been set. For entry in 2020 the tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2021 entry.
Philosophy and Politics at University of Manchester - UCAS