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Postgraduate Programmes

Postgraduate studies at Schumacher College are truly unique and transformative journeys of learning for both inner and outer transition.

We believe in a radical and rigorous approach that develops the whole person through intellect, intuition, emotion, ethics and practice. We value trans-disciplinary approaches, different ways of knowing and creative forms of expression.

Our approach to postgraduate learning

Schumacher College has a community-based approach to learning drawing on 90 years of progressive education at Dartington where the emphasis is on ‘whole person learning’ and ‘learning by doing’. Community living supports the opportunity to find ourselves more fully as whole persons as we are asked to relate daily to the local world we are creating together. This inner work colours our worldview and shapes how we, as humans, ‘be’ and ‘do’ in the larger world. In terms of learning by doing, community living explicitly places experience first, reversing the traditional model of education of learn-look-do. Caring for each other, for the place, and for our own personal growth, as we inquire together, are the foundations shared by all our learning programmes. We follow no specific religious or spiritual practice.

Our learning methods are varied and are based on small-group learning; in addition to more conventional methods of learning we include reflective enquiry, participatory, and experiential learning.

If still more education is to save us, it would have to be education of a different kind: an education that takes us into the depth of things.. E.F. Schumacher

Holistic Science

Holistic Science

Nature is our teacher in this transformational degree from the pioneers of holistic science. Immerse yourself in systems, complexity and chaos theory, eco-psychology and the science of qualities. Look beyond the limits of traditional science to solve the ecological and social problems of today - starts September 2015.

Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production

Ecological Food Systems

Join the growers, leaders and change agents at the forefront of new thinking for resilient and healthy food systems. This course explores the frontiers of research and practice that will meet the social, ecological and economic challenges our food systems face in the 21st Century - starts January 2016.

Economics for Transition

Economics for Transition

Are you ready for economic change? Help create a system fit for the challenges of the 21st Century and become a leader in our new low-carbon, resilient and equitable economy. Learn from the cutting-edge thinkers, practitioners and activists who are making economic change a global reality - starts September 2015.

Ecological Design Thinking

Ecological Design

Our new ground-breaking programme combines deep ecological understanding, socio-cultural dynamics and the tools and insights of design in studio and practice, to facilitate the transformation of human systems - starts January 2016.