Humanities, Languages & Social Science are privileged to work with international students from a diverse range of countries.

Our staff have experience working with students from around the world and are fully committed to providing excellent and supportive teaching and learning experiences for all our international students.

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Humanities, Languages & Social Science is home to five subject areas;


The Department of English delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses, and is staffed by one of the strongest and most diverse new-university research groups in the UK. The department is home to the international Manchester Writing School, run under the creative direction of UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

  • MA Creative Writing is the most successful programme of its kind in the UK today with more than 65 students and graduates publishing their first books in the past seven years.
  • 75% of our graduates in 2015 achieved the top two bands of degrees for undergraduate English.
  • 100% of English and Creative Writing graduates go straight into employment and/ or further study.*
  • 80% of the research environment in English Language and Literature research is rated world leading and internationally excellent.**
  • The department is home to award-winning poets in English including Carol Ann Duffy, Jean Sprackland, Adam O’Riordan and Michael Symmons Roberts.
  • The department is home to the annual Manchester Writing Competition with a prize to win £10,000 and is involved in the organisation of the Portico Prize for Young Writers.
  • The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies is run by some of the most respected Gothic Studies specialists in the world.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Degrees

* DLHE survey 2014 for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
**Research Excellence Framework 2014

History, Politics and Philosophy

The Department of History, Politics and Philosophy encompasses multi-disciplinary strengths in both teaching and research. Specialisms include: ancient, medieval and modern History; international Politics; European Philosophy; Public Administration and global governance; American studies; Archaeology; and, local and regional heritage studies. Offering varied and challenging programmes of study in a thriving, research-led teaching culture, the department places great emphasis on providing students the supportive learning environment and key skills they need to succeed in both their studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and in their future careers.

  • 93% of History, Politics and Public Services graduates go straight into employment and/ or further study.*
  • The department is home to the Manchester Centre for Regional History: the leading centre for the study of regional and local history in North-West England. This enables students to work in partnership with an array of public cultural institutions.
  • There is a wide range of options available for studying undergraduate History including American History, Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History and War and Society.
  • The History programme includes an opportunity to gain practical work experience and placement opportunities with libraries, museums and the heritage sector generally.
  • The department is one of the only Philosophy institutes in the UK that specialises in European Philosophy.


Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Degrees

*DLHE survey 2014 for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

The Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section teaches a widening range of Modern Foreign Languages as well as offering undergraduate, postgraduate and commercial courses in Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It has a strong international, multicultural, inclusive and supportive atmosphere with many native language-speaking staff, foreign language assistants and international students. Extensive international connections give students a wide range of opportunities to spend up to a full academic year abroad.

The section incorporates the university’s Language Centre, providing a range of British Council-accredited English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Modern Foreign Language courses to students from all over the world, to better prepare them for the international opportunities of tomorrow.

  • 96% of languages graduates go straight into employment and/ or further study.*
  • The majority of our 30+ academic, research and support staff are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Urdu.
  • The Language Centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English and is a ‘hub’ for language, communication and culture activities in the form of language and professional training courses.
  • We are the lead organisation in the North West Consortium of Routes into Languages, a nationwide programme that encourages the study of foreign languages.
  • Our language courses are available to study in combination with others, meaning you can study a language with other subjects such as Business and International Politics.  
  • There is an option to study abroad as part of French and Spanish courses for major or equal honours.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Degrees

* DLHE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Journalism, Information and Communications

The Journalism, Information and Communications section is home to expert academics and highly experienced professionals. Our courses give students experience of media production, dissemination and related technologies used in creative media jobs and the information communication professions. It is at the heart of one of the largest digital industry clusters in Europe, creating excellent opportunities for students to get first-hand working experience with locally based, internationally operating operations. Regular opportunities to network with the employers and clients of tomorrow are offered throughout students' time with us.

  • Information and Communications has been nominated for the best department in the teaching awards five times, winning twice.  
  • The section is home to the Centre of Research in Libraries, Information and Media (CERLIM) which was established in 1998.
  • Multimedia Journalism is taught by accomplished journalists including current and former editors and reporters.
  • The web design programme has been taught for over 15 years.
  • MA Library and Information Management and MSc Information Management are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Degrees

Sociology and Criminology

The Department of Sociology offers courses in Sociology and Criminology that provide an excellent understanding of key issues confronting Britain and the world. Expert teaching and research staff lead on several international research and policy projects and work with key agencies such as European, national and local governments, police forces and other public sector organisations.

  • The department has recently increased the flexibility of undergraduate Sociology and Criminology courses to allow the pursuit of specialist interests.
  • Students can now study a work-based dissertation for Sociology and Criminology with Quantitative Methods.
  • The Department of Sociology was voted best overall department in 2015 Students’ Union awards.
  • The department has achived outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for their work on research projects.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Research Degrees

International Summer School

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the vibrant life of Manchester, discover British history and culture, develop your academic skills, and meet new friends from around the world.

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The faculty enjoyed successful results as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK. Particular highlights included:

  • English and Creative Writing were ranked 8th out of 89 subject groupings in the UK for their impact on society – ahead of both Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Sociology came 10th in the UK for impact - ahead of Cambridge and Kings College.
  • History at Manchester Metropolitan University was ranked in the top 20 of 82 subject groupings in the UK for its impact on society - ahead of Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool and Manchester.
  • Three subject areas from our faculty - Sociology, English and History - are in the University’s top five for REF 2014.

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Student Experience

Student satisfaction is a high priority in the faculty, in the latest National Student Survey we achieved an overall score of 90%. To find out about student experience in the faculty, read our student testimonials:

English and Creative Writing students

History, Politics & Philosophy students

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL students

Journalism, Information and Communications students

Sociology and Criminology students

International Collaborations

We are committed to knowledge exchange and encouraging collaboration between researchers, educators and businesses. We also have a wealth of experience working with international partner institutions to develop courses to meet the needs of students in an ever changing world. If you are an overseas institution interested in developing collaborations, please contact Dr Andy Harris, Academic Lead for International Projects.

If you are an international student wishing to study at Manchester Metropolitan University and have any queries or questions relating to the application process, please visit the International Office.

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