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BASS Social Anthropology & Philosophy / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

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

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
In 2015 there were approximately 880 applications for 131 places on the BA Social Sciences course.
How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

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Course description

  • Are you interested in human societies, culture and the fundamental questions about our existence?
  • 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 a 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 .

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

If you know that you are interested in the social sciences, but fancy a 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 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:

  • Social Anthropology:  The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Politics:  The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.
  • Criminology: The study of the causes and consequences of crime.

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. The Study Abroad   website contains further information.

Open days

  • Find out more and register for an Open Day

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 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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