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University of Manchester

Philosophy

UCAS Code: V500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

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.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A-B

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

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.

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 Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

6,5,5 at Higher level, 33 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English Language.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. Accepted with grades MM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

M

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. Accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AB in different subject areas.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. Accepted with grades MMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. Accepted with grades MM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM

Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

M

Alongside two A levels at grades AB in different subject areas.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMM

Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

M,M

Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject

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.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

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.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

84%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Philosophy

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A
415

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Historical, philosophical and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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