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Applicant information

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If you’re thinking about applying for one of our postgraduate programmes, or want to learn more about the support on offer, this page is a great place to start.

Please make sure you check the individual course pages for extra information about each course before applying.

If the information below doesn’t provide the answers you’re looking for, we advise you to check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

How To Apply

For all application information, please visit the individual course pages. Each page contains an online application form and supporting documentation relevant to that course.

Term Dates

Please visit the individual course pages. Each page contains term dates and taught dates, which vary from course to course.

International Students and Language Requirements

Do you need a visa to study in the UK?

Visit the website (opens in new tab/window) for up to date information on visa requirements.

Information about Short Term Study Visas (PG Certificate Courses)

If you are studying for a course of 6 months or less, you may be able to apply for a Short Term Study visa. For further information visit the website (opens in new window/tab).

It is important to note that a Short Term Study Visa cannot be extended. UKVI rules mean that it would not be possible to return to the UK to complete a further period of postgraduate study. If you are considering a PG Diploma or our master’s programmes you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

Language requirements

For students who hold a UK passport or are from the UK

All students from the UK should hold at a minimum a GCSE English Language qualification at Grade C or above.

For students who live outside of the UK

To meet requirements for a Student Visa to study at Schumacher College, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre (opens in new window/tab).

You need to achieve a 6.5 overall with a minimum of a 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This is equivalent to a B2 level.

You can find detailed information about Student Visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres, via the website (opens in new window/tab).

Are there any exceptions to this requirement? There are few exceptions. To check if any apply to you, please check the up-to-date information provided by the Home Office (opens in new window/tab). If you believe you are exempt, contact us at

Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test? To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test, visit the official test website (opens in new window/tab).

How long is my test certificate valid for? Test results are valid for 2 years.

When should I book my test? Book a test as soon as you make an application to Dartington Arts School. UKVI IELTS test sites can become very busy and it may be difficult to find a convenient date and location.

Programme Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Our Fees

The College has two tuition fee tariffs that distinguish between students who need a Student Visa and are sponsored by us and students who do not need a visa. The higher fees reflect the additional costs to the College arising from the statutory terms of Student Visa sponsorship, put in place by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

Our postgraduate programmes all have both a basic course fee and a course-specific fee - please refer to the below tables for details.

For information on available scholarships, bursaries and other assistance, please click here.

All fees cover the period June 2021 - May 2022. (Please note that the course deposit will vary depending on your course start date - see below.)

Postgraduate: Basic Course Fees

Qualification type





Full Time: £9,450
Part Time (2 years): £5,670/year

Full Time: £13,500

Full Time: £15,000

PG Diploma

Full Time: £6,899
Part Time (2 years): £4,139/year

Full Time: £9,855

Full Time: £10,950

PG Certificate

Full Time: £3,780/term

Full Time: £5,400/term

Full Time: £6,000/term

Postgraduate: programme-specific fees

The ‘Programme Specific Fee’ covers items such as course-related consumables and material costs, field trips, on-site and off-site workshops, equipment purchase, hire and maintenance, any specialised computing hardware and software and access to community learning resources, opportunities, and events. If you were to study your course part-time this would be a one off payment to cover the above for the two years, you would not get charged the same for the second year of your part-time study.

Fee level


Fee Level 1: £950/year

Ecological Design Thinking
Regenerative Economics

Fee Level 2: £1,200/year

Holistic Science
Engaged Ecology
Movement, Mind and Ecology
Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise


Our current status as an approved higher education provider by the Office for Students allows full time undergraduate students to draw down a loan to support their studies. Please visit the course page for details.

Qualification type





Full Time: £9,250 (tbc)
Part Time (2 years): £5,550/year (tbc)

Full Time: £13,500

Full Time: £15,000


For courses starting 2020 - July 21
Student Visa students - £1,000
UK and EU students - £750

For courses starting August 2021 - 2022
International students - £1,000
UK students - £750

Deposits are payable two weeks after acceptance of offer letters.

Student accommodation and food

Applying for student accommodation

We offer simple private bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities located on the Dartington estate.

During your timetabled teaching weeks at Dartington, you can live on the Dartington campus, set in a unique 1,200 acre estate with cafes and restaurants, beautiful Grade II listed gardens, trails and deer park, an independent barn cinema, shops and walking, running and biking trails just minutes from the River Dart. Please see our FAQs for information about on-site accommodation for international students.

If you have a disability or medical condition, let us know and we’ll consider your needs when we look at accommodation applications.

Our student accommodation cost is £299/week and includes:

A private, single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities
Weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner
Bed-linen and towels
Laundry facilities
For students who wish to live off-site, food-only options are £169/week.

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Disability and Learning Support

We value diversity and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity at Schumacher College. We aim to provide student support services which embrace difference and support all students along their learning journey.

Some people may have additional needs or a disability that requires extra support in order to allow them to fully take part in the learning community, for example:

  • dyslexia 
  • specific learning difficulties
  • mental health difficulties
  • a long term health condition
  • hearing or visual impairment

If you're a prospective or current student and you have a disability or learning support need, we're here to help.

What do I do next?

Please download and complete a Disclosure Form and send it to the College as soon as possible.

The purpose of your disclosure is to enable us to understand your disability or learning needs and see how we may be able to meet them if you are offered a place on the course.

The earlier this conversation occurs the better; this allows both you and the College to reflect on what reasonable adjustments are possible and if there are any support requirements you may need to consider organising independently.

Please note: disclosing challenges to your learning will not affect your application and disclosures will be handled independently.

If you have concerns about disclosure

If you have any concerns about disclosure you are encouraged to discuss this with the Postgraduate Admissions team at Schumacher College
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 847212
College administration opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Students on a programme accredited by Plymouth University may also contact Student Support at Plymouth University  (Contact details). Please mention you are applying to Schumacher College so that they can advise you correctly.  
Web: Plymouth University
telephone: +44 1752 587676
University opening times: Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30 to 16:30


This page details policies, procedures and regulations in relation to Postgraduate Programmes at Schumacher College.

We are currently updating all of our Policies for the 2020/2021 programmes.



Student Contract

2020 Student Contract (PDF Document)

Student Contract

2020 Student Contract (PDF Document)

Quality Assurance Agency Report

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is an independent body ​entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards​ and quality in UK higher education. It is dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education ​experience they are entitled to expect.​​​

Schumacher College has undergone a review in December 2018 for educational oversight visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report, which is available in full on their website.

  • The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) is the body of educational oversight for Schumacher College and Dartington Learning Executive. It is an impartial body, the role of which is to assess the quality of higher education provision in UK institutions.
  • QAA carried out a full review of Schumacher College's provision in 2017, with an Action Plan being compiled on the basis of this. An Annual Monitoring Report on progress with the Action Plan is prepared by the College and this is followed up by QAA making an Annual Monitoring visit.
  • The QAA issues a brief Annual Monitoring Report, accompanied with a letter confirming it's assessment of progress with the Action Plan. The outcome of the 2018 visit, as noted in the letter, is that the College is making acceptable progress with its Action Plan. verdict represents a good outcome for the College.  
  • QAA may carry out another annual monitoring visit in late 2019.

Click here to read the College's 2017 review report in full.

Report published March 2017

The following Action Plan was published in response to the above report.

Quality Assurance Agency Action Plan 

College’s 2017 Action Plan (Download PDF)

16th November 2017:  QAA educational oversight visit 
Schumacher College has undergone a review for educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

Monitoring visit report published: 5th January 2018.


We are currently updating all of our Programme Handbooks for Ecological Design Thinking, Regenerative Economics and Holistic Science for 2020-2021. There will be changes in the handbooks for the 2020/21 courses from the handbooks in this archive.

Handbooks For MA Ecological Design Thinking

Programme Module Guides Programme Quality Handbook General Student Handbook



2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived hanbook

Handbooks For MA Economics For Transition

Programme Module Guides Programme Quality Handbook General Student Handbook



2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

Handbooks For MSc Holistic Science

Programme Quality Handbook Teaching, Learning and Assessment Handbook General Student Handbook


2018 - 2019 archived handbook


2018 - 2019 archived handbook


2018 - 2019 archived handbook