Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Philosophy is about making sense of ourselves and the world around us. It’s about asking and trying to answer the most fundamental theoretical and practical questions - from trying to understand the nature of consciousness, to whether current political institutions enable political freedom. On BA (Hons) Philosophy you’ll consider ground-breaking philosophical theories from figures like Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche, to more contemporary thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt and Judith Butler. You’ll explore theories about the meaning of life, the nature of reality, who we are as individuals and society, and how these theories have shaped our ideas about humankind. And along the way, you’ll find your philosophical voice and develop a rich set of analytical and critical skills invaluable for your future – with the power to influence others and drive change. As a philosophy student you will be joining a hub of research active philosophers with local, national and international impact, with many of them being invited to present at major international conferences and workshops. Our staff work across key areas including History of Philosophy, critical social theories, Philosophy of Art, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Education, History and Philosophy of Science and much more – with this expertise behind us, we can give you a rounded, balanced understanding of the subject. You may also have the opportunity to spend your third year studying overseas, including in the US, or on placement, with opportunities available in Britain or abroad. This course has a foundation year available. Features and Benefits

  • Student Satisfaction - 100% of BA (Hons) Philosophy students are 'overall satisfied' with their course (from 20 [65%] of students who responded to the 2020 National Student Survey).
  • Learn from experts - our academics are specialists in their fields, producing cutting-edge research across Anglo-American and Continental European philosophical traditions. And because we bring our expertise into the classroom, you can be confident you’re learning at the forefront of your discipline.
  • Wide range of units - from your second year you’ll choose from a diverse range of option units, allowing you to pursue your own interests.
  • Outside the mainstream - we offer an inclusive curriculum that engages with philosophical thought outside of mainstream philosophy and explores the principles of equity, diversity and inclusivity - allowing you to successfully challenge established modes of thought.
  • Assessments - we’ll encourage you to think deeply, critically and creatively through a variety of assessment methods including learning diaries, portfolios, presentations and short essays.
  • Employability - we place a strong emphasis on key employability skills, ensuring you have the IT, communication and team-working abilities that employers value. We also offer a distinct link to the PGCE provision at Manchester Met in your third year.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility - you will have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad or boost your career prospects with a placement in industry.

Course details

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English pass

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