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BA Philosophy / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer
ABB. (please see entry requirements for full details)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 points overall. 6,5,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2015 there were approximately 365 applications for 41 places for this degree.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

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Course description

  • 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.

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Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email )


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £17,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 4470
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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