BA (Hons) History/Philosophy

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Overview

This combined honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject.

History:

Historical events have shaped the world we live in today. The past affects every aspect of our lives –from the language we speak, to the politics of race, gender, religion and identity. History will provide you with the skills to explore the social and political landscape of human consciousness throughout time and place. You will discover how people lived, and how they perceived and interacted with the world around them. Investigating past events, you will encounter war, injustice, new frontiers, political upheaval, ancient civilisations, invasions, conspiracies, catastrophes and revolutions. Studying history at Manchester Met will allow you to enjoy a programme of study that offers a wide and fascinating scope of time and place, from the bustling streets of Ancient Athens and Rome to the missile silos of the Cold War.

You will have considerable freedom of choice, allowing you to select from a wide range of modules. Whether analysing the social history of the family or the political structures of mighty empires, our tutors have developed an exciting range of approaches to their subject. You will develop a variety of historical skills, which will allow you to explore specialist topics in detail. There is also the opportunity to spend your second year studying in either the USA or Australia. As we unlock the past, we seek to develop the individual, continuously aspiring to produce confident, intellectually flexible and articulate graduates fully prepared for the world of work or further study.

Philosophy:

Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. It is about making sense of our lives and the world around us. Due to its grounding in fundamental human concerns and activities, through philosophy we are able to understand life and to shape it. In studying philosophy, you will engage with the ideas of the most important thinkers of the past and present, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre. You will learn to think more clearly and independently, to communicate your ideas and arguments with greater clarity and force, and develop skills valued by employers. At the Manchester campus, our close-knit community of academics, researchers and students focus on central philosophical themes, such as aesthetics, ethics and metaphysics, with an emphasis on European philosophy. All our teaching is informed by our current research interests and we run a series of research seminars throughout the year.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability options by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

Opportunities for graduates may exist in the public and private sectors in areas such as management and administration, teaching, journalism, and central and local government.

Other opportunities may exist in international institutions, voluntary organisations, political parties or the media.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent (such as DMM on BTEC Extended Diploma).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

History:

The past holds a strong grip on the present, shaping our lives profoundly. On our programmes you will be introduced to a number of different approaches to the study of the past. This will give you the ability to look behind the headlines, question what you are told, and express your own opinions effectively. You will also be offered the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects with museums, galleries and other external partners, equipping you with practical, 'real world' experience and help you to gain a competitive edge in the graduate jobs market. In the first year you will be introduced to a broad range of historical periods and themes. In the second and third year you can pursue your own areas of interest by choosing from a wide variety of option units. In the third year the most important element is the independent project often based on original source materials.

Philosophy:

Philosophers seek to answer questions of universal importance, about the nature of reality, our knowledge of the world, and the truth of our existence. On this course you will explore the full richness of philosophy, both past and present, with a special focus on European philosophy. Our courses span the range of philosophical questions and different philosophical traditions, ensuring you are able to achieve a balanced understanding of the subject. If your interests are life, the universe and everything in it, and you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills, the power to influence others and initiate change, then Philosophy is for you.

 

 

 

Combined honours programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year, students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for each unit are shown below.

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Core Units

Introduction to the History of Philosophy

This unit introduces some of the major issues in the philosophical tradition via the work of some of its most celebrated authors, such as Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes. The issues covered are: what it is to be human, what is philosophy, what is thought, what is true and what is real, and the nature and extent of the knowledge of reality that the mind can acquire. All these questions will lead to a better understanding of who we are today and how we understand ourselves in our contemporary societies.

The Rise of the Persecuting Society

From the city streets of ancient Greece and the amphitheatres of Rome, via medieval inquisitions, witch-hunts and crusades, to modern conflict driven by religion, race and ideology, this challenging unit charts the dark history of persecution and explores how it has shaped, and continues to shape the human experience.

Death, God and the Meaning of Life

This unit examines some of the central arguments of the philosophical tradition for and against the existence of divinity. From Plato to the 20th Century, we will encounter various arguments for the necessary existence of the immortals, and see how they reconfigure how we understand the meaning of our lives and orient ourselves in the world. 

Combined Honours - Aspects of World History

You will choose one option from the following two units:

1. Introduction to Ancient History

This unit introduces you to the fascinating world of classical antiquity, and will focus particularly on both Classical Greece and Republican and Imperial Rome. The aim of the unit is not only to immerse you in the vibrant world of antiquity, to bring its classical civilisations to life, but also, through the textual, iconographic and material evidence those cultures left behind, to provide you with the skills required for further study of the ancient world.

This unit is split into three distinct blocks, each designed to introduce students to one aspect of ancient history. In the first block, students will be introduced to the fascinating world of ancient Greece. The second block of the unit explores Gaeco-Roman Egypt. In block three we move on to Rome. 

2. Aspects of World History: North America from Columbus to Civil War

In November 2012, the United States decided its first black president deserved a second term of office. This unit will help you to understand the history behind this momentous event. It focuses on the history of North America from the period of the first white contact through to the end of the Civil War in 1865. You will explore why white Europeans wanted to cross the Atlantic initially and look at the factors that determined the nature of colonies such as Virginia, Massachusetts and South Carolina, and their relationship with Britain. The other themes within this unit are American Independence and the creation of the United States, along with Slavery and the coming of the Civil War.

Units of study available across Year 2 and Year 3 on a combined honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. 

For an indication of units currently available, please see both BA (Hons) History and BA (Hons) Philosophy. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Units of study available across Year 2 and Year 3 on a combined honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. 

For an indication of units currently available, please see both BA (Hons) History and BA (Hons) Philosophy. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Optional foundation year

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Our Department of History, Politics and Philosophy offers programmes of study alongside a thriving research culture, emphasising a student-centred approach to learning.

With interdisciplinary strengths in many areas, the department takes pride in its approach to research-led teaching and being able to provide opportunities for students to work with academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3625 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£300

Philosophy is a reading subject and students must have access to a copy of all set texts. Primary texts are held in the University library but students often prefer to possess their own copy. Prices vary but many are cheaply available and set texts are often available online for no cost. Students often buy texts second hand, and there is a book exchange in the Atrium of the Manton building. Students often choose to buy their own laptops but computers are available on campus, and laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow.

Funding

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

H2P5

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
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