BA (Hons) International Relations / Philosophy

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Overview

You can develop an understanding of global politics, international institutions, and how decisions are made in the international arena and combine this with a study of philosophy, developing an understanding of issues relating to knowledge, morality and the nature of the world we live in.

International relations is concerned with the study of power in the international arena: who has it, how they get it and what they do with it. Philosophers ask questions and try to understand the truth of our existence, taking notice of what's going on in the world to get to the reality behind the appearance.

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.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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

This course will help you to develop the ability to think critically, analyse ideas and articulate the conclusions reached. These skills are transferable to a wide range of careers including roles in business and management, public administration, community and social work, publishing, research and teaching. Other opportunities may exist in international institutions, political parties, voluntary organisations or the media.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as DMM in 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 a minimum of 5.5 in each element

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

Course details

In Year 1 you will study both subjects equally. In international relations you will be introduced to world politics, institutions and processes. You will also study European politics post World War 2. The core units in philosophy introduce you to significant theories in the history of moral philosophy and include the detailed study of original philosophical texts.

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Core Units

Introduction to World Politics

The unit offers an introduction to the study of world politics, institutions and processes. It is divided into two sections. Section one considers the evolution of the state system and issues of global governance. Section two discusses issues of contemporary relevance such as poverty, gender, the environment and citizenship.

Ethics and Social Philosophy

This unit will introduce you to some significant theories in the history of moral philosophy and examples of their application in practical situations. You will study the origins of moral philosophy in classical Greece and go on to look at the scope of the moral presuppositions of morality, the nature of the good, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who had a defining influence on our moral ideas over the last 230 years, the possibility of perfection, ethical issues in equality, practical ethics, and individual liberty and social obligation.

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.

Developments in Politics (Europe)

This unit examines the organisation and development of European Union institutions and evaluates how these institutions have handled a range of issues, among them: problems in the Eurozone, the rise of euro-scepticism, Turkeys EU membership bid and the Syrian refugee crisis. The spread of democratic rule in Europe is also explored, focusing on transitions to democracy in southern and eastern Europe and the challenges to reform there, including threats posed by far right extremism, and the persistence of corruption. It also investigates the government and politics of European states and compares the impact and significance therein of factors such as: minority nationalism; the environment; religion; the politics of austerity and globalisation.

Units of study available across Year Two 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 International Relations and 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 Three 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 International Relations and 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.

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).

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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Students normally do not incur additional core costs for field or Erasmus trips. These are optional depending on unit choice. Students on placement may need to provide travel costs dependent on choice of placement.

Funding

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

LV2M

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

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Programme Review
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