Philosophy and Politics University of Manchester

Undergraduate

  • Are you interested in researching answers to the fundamental questions in life?

  • Are you looking for a flexible degree to keep your options open?

  • Do you want to develop strong transferable skills of independent thinking, research and analysis?

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

  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme.

Philosophy and Politics is a pathway within the BA (Social Sciences) degree or BASS for short. BASS at Manchester is designed to give you maximum flexibility and choice.

If you feel that you are interested in the social sciences but fancy the chance to try out a range of different topics, this could be the degree for you.

When you apply, you select one of the ten joint pathways of the BA (Social Sciences), each of which has its own unique course code.

Although you'll start off on your chosen two-subject pathway, by Year 2 you can take a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of five and you can then specialise in any one or two subjects in your final year.

In every subject you are given a wide range of course units to choose from, and a high degree of flexibility in the way in which you combine them as your academic interests develop.

The six main subject areas are:

  • Philosophy : The study of fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values. Philosophy also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.

  • Politics : The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.

  • Social Anthropology : The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.

  • Criminology : The study of the causes and consequences of crime.

  • Sociology : The study of society and examines such issues as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.

  • Quantitative Methods : The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.

Special Features

  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences contains a broad-based first year which is particularly valuable if you have not taken any social science subjects before entering university.

  • There are a vast range of optional course units available to you in the second and third years. Despite the variety of these courses, all are taught by the experts in their fields - a benefit of a faculty degree.

  • Excellence in teaching: Politics Staff have won University teaching excellence awards (2010-11, 2011-12) and achieved national recognition, twice winning the Political Studies Association, Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007, 2012).

  • Philosophy at Manchester has a long and distinguished history. Past professors of the University have included Samuel Alexander, Dorothy Emmet, Michael Polanyi and Arthur Prior.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours) - BSocSci H

  • 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 VL52
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 Grades 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). `Pass' in Level 2 English and Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.u.
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 C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 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.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM 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.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no lower than 6.0 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 find out if they would be acceptable, please e-mail 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/