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Manchester Metropolitan University: Philosophy

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Politics, Philosophy and Public Services
Telephone 0161 247 6969
Study type Taught


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.

Features and Benefits - Study at the intersection of critical social theory, ethics and philosophy of science, and combine these core philosophical elements with other disciplines.

  • The MA provides a well-established route onto PhDs across a range of philosophical disciplines with experienced supervisors.

  • Opportunity to specialise in European Philosophy.

  • Develop your philosophical work in an interdisciplinary and supportive environment.

  • Enjoy individual support throughout your studies.

  • Providing a high-level of staff-student contact, together with a strong track-record in teaching excellence.

  • Students have the opportunity to study either on campus or by distance learning. On the Distance Learning route, you can participate in the programme through an international forum following the same units as you would if attending in person. Teaching and learning is specially tailored for distance-learning students and includes online discussion groups and tutorials.


Manchester Metropolitan University


A modern university in a great global city 
Manchester Metropolitan University  has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. It is one of the largest universities in the UK, with over 34,000 students, and is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. 

The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old*, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. 

Manchester Metropolitan’s campus is located in the centre of Manchester, amongst world-renowned music, arts, shopping and sports venues …

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