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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Philosophy shapes the way we think about ourselves, our relationships with each other and the world. Now, more than ever, reflection on these relationships is so important.

Drawing on a rich and varied tradition of philosophical theory across Anglo-American and the continental European traditions, our MA in Philosophy allows you to engage with those important action-guiding concepts that are at the centre of key debates about the human condition and our relationship with nature. You’ll gain the skills to think critically and deeply about the challenges that confront us across politics, the sciences and the arts as a result of rapid contemporary social, technological and environmental changes.

Taught by a close-knit, dedicated team of internationally acknowledged experts in a range of philosophical disciplines, you will gain first-hand knowledge of the key ideas and arguments of some of the greatest ancient, modern and contemporary philosophers. You will read some of the oldest texts of Western philosophy and some of the most recent, all of which are deeply relevant to our practices and lives today.

This course will tackle some of the most challenging modern and contemporary philosophical texts across a range of areas including philosophy of science and biology, metaphysics, critical social theories, ethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of art. So by the time you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, intellectual confidence and resources to pursue your own exciting research projects.

We have close links with other departments at Manchester Metropolitan, and you will have a distinctive opportunity to develop your philosophical work in a genuinely interdisciplinary environment. You will be able to write a long research-project on a topic of your choice with the expert guidance of one of our philosophy tutors.

The MA is available to complete in one year full-time or two years part-time. This course is available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (full-time or part-time).


This programme provides graduates with the skills to progress to higher research programmes and undertake PhD study to progress to an academic career. Graduates will also gain a skill-set which is applicable to careers across all sectors, including publishing, journalism, recruitment, the civil service, teaching, accountancy and law. Past graduates have gone onto careers including:

  • University management and administration
  • Working for the Information Commissioners Office
  • Working with NGOs

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

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  • Campus address

    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    44th out of 52 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    120 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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