Philosophy University of Manchester

Undergraduate

  • 97% of students on our BA Philosophy are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2016)

  • Are you interested in questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, morality and religion?

  • Would you like to develop your skills related to analytical thinking, reasoned argument and systematic expression of ideas?

  • Are you looking for a flexible course that equips you for further study or the job market?

  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

As a student on the BA (Hons) Philosophy degree, you'll learn how to develop and justify your own answers to some of the most fundamental and important questions that human beings can ask. Can I know that I'm not trapped inside The Matrix? What makes something the morally right thing to do? Do we have free will? Does God exist? Is the human mind just a lump of grey matter?

While we'll explain to you some of the existing answers to these questions, and the reasons why one might think those answers are correct, our focus is on learning how to critically assess these arguments and to develop and argue for your own answers.

You will develop extremely useful skills during your study: how to present an effective and rigorous argument, how to develop criticisms of other people's arguments and views, how to explain difficult material clearly and concisely, and how to deal with the fact that on most of the important questions in life (and indeed some of the less important ones), reasonable people can believe radically different things.

These skills are hugely valuable in any career as well as in everyday life, whether you're trying to decide what you should do, having an argument with a friend, or simply reading a newspaper.

Aims

  • To deliver structured yet flexible programmes of study, informed by current research, in which students critically evaluate, and think through for themselves, philosophical arguments and problems.

  • To provide students with a curriculum within which they study texts and questions central to the analytical tradition in philosophy, and, if students wish, texts and questions from outside that tradition; to develop, in partnership with students, students' subject-specific knowledge, cognitive, intellectual and transferable skills, and thereby prepare students for further academic study and employment.

  • To employ an appropriate variety of teaching and assessment methods to meet Philosophy's aims and the programmes' respective learning outcomes.

  • To use learning resources effectively and efficiently to meet Philosophy's aims and the programmes' respective learning outcomes.

  • To provide students with an effective induction programme, and academic and pastoral support, in order to enhance their progress and academic development.

Special Features

There are 14 permanent members of the academic teaching staff and around 100 single honours philosophy student across all three years.
All permanent members of philosophy teaching staff are internationally recognised researchers publishing their work in journals and books and giving talks around the world.

Our Students

Philosophy students in figures (2018):

  • Students on the course came from 8 countries.

  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 32.

  • The male / female ratio was 50 : 50.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code V500
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB 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.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Typical contextual offer: Grades BBB.

For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Accepted with Grades MMM, alongside an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Access to HE Diploma D: 36 credits
M: 9 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions/9 Merits).

Minimum Grade B in English Language and Grade B in Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie AT tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk
Scottish Higher AAABB AAABB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. 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 Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M1, M1 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.
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.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 4 in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 points overall with 6,5,5 at Higher level. 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.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MM Accepted with Grades DM, alongside an A level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Accepted with Grades D, alongside two A levels at Grades AB in different subject areas.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Accepted with Grades MMM, alongside an A level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP Accepted with Grades MP, alongside two A-levels at Grades AB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Accepted with Grade D, alongside two A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M Accepted with Grade M, alongside two A-levels at Grades AB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAABB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. 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.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no less than 6 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92.0 With a minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, 22 in Reading and 23 in Speaking.

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. iGCSE English (First Language) - Grade C iGCSE English (Second Language) - Grade B If you have other English language qualifications and want to enquire about whether you meet our English language requirements then please contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/