Philosophy bachelor

University of Manchester
En Manchester (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Manchester (Inglaterra)
  • Duración:
    3 Years

As a student on the bachelor (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...

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10 octubre 2016
Oxford Road, M13 9PL, Greater Manchester, Inglaterra
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

English Language
Political Theory

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.


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.
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 (2014):
Students on the course came from 6 countries
Their ages ranged from 17 - 32
The male / female ratio was 55 : 45

Meet our students
Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth. Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.
Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.
In Years 1 and 2, course units are normally examined by a two-hour unseen exam (counting for two-thirds of the final mark) and approximately 3,000 words of essay work (counting for one-third of the final mark).
For course units in logic there are weekly worksheets, which form part of the assessment.
In Year 3 we deploy a broader range of assessment methods, including a second essay instead of an exam and oral presentations in tutorials. You also complete a dissertation in your final year.
The emphasis is on giving you a proper grounding in philosophy. You will take a course on Critical Thinking together with your choice of four of the following five courses:
Values We Live By
Discovering Reality
History of Philosophy
Mind and World
Philosophy and Social Science
In addition you will take a `free choice' course unit from courses across the University. Examples include political theory, art history, languages, and theology - or you can take the remaining philosophy course unit.
Course units for year 1
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optionalCritical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
History of Philosophy
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy & Social Science
In your second year you will go into the study of Philosophy in much greater depth. The bachelor Philosophy course at Manchester is a modular course and you take 120 credits of courses over the year (around 6/8 individual course units).
You will choose at least one of the following (20 credits each): 

20 th
Century Analytical Philosophy
Philosophical Methods
Formal Logic
Plus at least one of these (20 credits each):
Plus 60 credits from philosophy and political theory course units, with a choice that typically includes the courses above as well as:
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Freedom and Equality
Philosophy of Science
For your final 20 credits, you can take an additional philosophy or political theory course unit or 20 credits of free choice units.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 units from across the University.

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Course units for year 2
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optionalJurisprudence
Philosophy of Religion
Formal Logic
Locke, Berkeley, Hume
20th Century Analytical Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Philosophical Methods
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World
Ideals of Social Justice
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In your final year you take 120 credits overall which includes a substantial, independent piece of research on a topic of your choosing. This leads to a dissertation of either 7,500 words (20 credits) or 15,000 words (40 credits).
Your remaining 100/80 credits come as four or five course units in philosophy (or an approved course unit in Politics or Law).
Course units for year 3
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optionalDissertation (20 credit)
Dissertation (20 credit)
Dissertation (40 credit)
Philosophical Logic
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Action
Personhood and Freedom of the Will
Pluralism, Democracy and Citizenship
Theories of Rights
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`Though Philosophy mostly involves quiet independent study, the course at Manchester is taught by extremely competent staff who encourage intelligent debachelorte in tutorials. The topics are thorough and well organised, not only providing me with a broad understanding of what Philosophy is and why it is important, but also with general transferable skills of analysis. I am going on to try my luck at journalism and truly believe that had I not done the degree I did, where I did it, I would be much less likely to succeed.'

Robert Knowles
, Philosophy student.
`Manchester is a fantastic and diverse city that, clichéd though it may be has something to offer everyone, a characteristic that is reflected in the University. The Philosophy department in particular is highly supportive and happy to offer advice in all aspects of university life and study. The structure of the course gives you a taster of most of what Philosophy has to offer and then encourages you to explore those areas that are of greatest interest to you. I found this to be an invaluable opportunity, absent from many other disciplines; I am confident that after graduating I will be among the most employable candidates leaving the University.'

Kristina Boneva
, Philosophy student.
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Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:
Our recent graduates from Philosophy, and related graduates from the School of Social Sciences, have gone to:
Manchester City Council, Royal bachelornk of Scotland, Palgrave MacMillan, Lloyds TSB, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, TeachFirst, Siemens, The University of Manchester. (Source: DLHE)
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Philosophy careers

Our philosophy alumni

Throughout your studies and after you graduate you will have to access our Careers Service
, which can help you:
find summer internships or work experience;
apply for jobs and provide practice interviews;
access online and interactive services such as practice psychometric tests.
A favourite with employers, the University also organises careers fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters.
You can improve your employability by choosing course units in Year 2 from:

the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

the Manchester Leadership Programme
or Manchester Enterprise Centre
an extensive list of optional language modules
`Their specialised Philosophy Careers Workshop has helped highlight the many desirable and transferable skills that I have picked up throughout the course of my degree. While Philosophy is a challenging degree, the support and guidance that lecturers and tutors readily offer has definitely made it one of the most rewarding!' Kristina Boneva, Philosophy student.

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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.

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We would expect applicants to achieve three subjects at A2 and two subjects at B2 in the Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level qualification.
Grades AABBB.
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A pass in the Welsh bachelorccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to a grade B in an A-level subject.
Applicants studying the European bachelorccalaureate are expected to achieve 77% overall and no lower than 80% in English.
The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world.

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UCAS provides guidance on how to get a reference
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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.
All applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent.
For international students equivalent qualifications would be:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
iGCSE English (First Language) grade C
iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B

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