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For nearly 30 years, Schumacher College has been at the forefront of engaging ecological, economic, and social challenges at our campus on the Dartington estate in South Devon and around the planet. With our roots in a holistic approach to relationships with one another and with the more-than-human Earth, Schumacher College has developed a portfolio of innovative learning programmes to help students address the ever-changing challenges we face in the world today.

Schumacher College is part of the historic Dartington Trust, a 1,200-acre charitable estate that has been at the forefront of progressive education since 1925. Set in the heart of this vibrant and dynamic landscape, we are a small, focused learning community with a global impact. A student will have access to an international network of more than 45,000 people working in all areas of ecological thinking, design, social justice, systems modelling, new economics, networks and more.

Our Master's programmes are tailored to help students craft their learning experience to meet their individual goals. As a student at Schumacher College, you will experience a learning community like none other - one that provides an active and deeply immersive learning experience; connections to a global network of leading thinkers, teachers, makers, growers, and activists; and a generative catalyst for using your skills to make meaningful change in communities around the world. Join our learning community today to start your own journey of change and transform your ideas into action!

And from September 2020, you can also explore postgraduate learning from our sister organisation, Dartington Arts School.

Ecological Design Thinking

MA, PGDip, PGCert
Full-time or part-time
Starts September 2020

Be active and transformative within organisations, communities, economics and education as we meet the challenge of transitioning to low carbon, high well-being and resilient places and systems. Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to design.

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Regenerative Economics MA

PGDip, PGCert
Full-time or part-time
Starts September 2020

MA Regenerative Economics challenges and offers alternative perspectives to mainstream economics programmes by looking through the lens of ecology as if both people and planet mattered equally.

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Holistic Science MSc

Starts January 2021

This long-running and dynamic course with an emphasis on experiential learning equips students with the knowledge and skills to address our many challenges through an understanding of holism and the emergent properties of whole systems.

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Engaged Ecology MA

PGDip, PGCert
Full-time or part-time
Starts January 2021

Engaged Ecology is at the cutting edge of Environmental Humanities, an interdisciplinary arena that brings together leading progressive thought within science and the humanities to address the great problems of our age. Develop solutions-based practices to discover how best to approach the world’s seemingly intractable ecological and social challenges.

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Closing dates for applications

First round application deadline: 1 June, 2020

Due to staff and faculty working from home, we ask that you email your applications ( and not post. This will help ensure we receive your application in a timely manner.

Click on the application document below. Once completed, email your application to

Click here to download a checklist to help you with your application (pdf).

Application Forms for September 2020 programmes

Ecological Design Thinking application form - (download)
Regenerative Economics application form - (download)

Application Form for January 2021 programme

Engaged Ecology application form - (download)
Holistic Science application form - (download)

Additional Documentation in Support of your Application

After you have submitted your application, please send all necessary supporting information listed below as soon as possible to allow us to process your application.

Documents should be sent by post to: 
Postgraduate Admissions
Schumacher College
The Old Postern

Please provide the following supporting documentation after your application

1) Certificate(s) or transcript(s) of first degree or equivalent qualifications: these can be Original or certified copies:

Photocopies MUST be certified by a public notary or solicitor (with contact details provided for them).

Any documents that are not in English MUST be accompanied by a full translation then certified by a public notary or solicitor. All translations must be accompanied by the certificate or transcript in the original language.

Important notes for Tier 4 students

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will only accept original copies of your documents during the visa application process. We are happy to accept originals, but it is safer to post certified photocopies which meet the above guidelines. Please bring the originals with you to enrolment if offered a place.

UKVI also require a full translation of any documents that are not in English.

Schumacher College is licensed under Dartington Hall Trust as a Tier 4 Sponsor. To comply with our sponsorship duties, we are required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. We will look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UKVI guidance for sponsors. Information you provide on your application form will be passed on to the UKVI once you have been offered a place and Schumacher College agrees to sponsor you. 

2) A recent passport-size photograph

3) A copy of the front cover and information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport before you come to the UK to study).

4) A copy of any previous or current UK visa.

5) Two references:

One academic/employer reference to comment on your academic ability and suitability to undertake postgraduate study. We will accept an employer’s reference where you have not been recently engaged in academic study.

One personal reference to comment on your ability to contribute to shared research and/or your experience of living or working in a community setting.

Please submit your references by email attachment.  The letter should be written on headed paper and sent directly to the College by your referee, from their work email address. The e-mail should be sent to with Subject line: Reference for [applicant's name]

6) If English is not your first language

you must take the IELTS test - International Tier 4 applicants - you must take the UKVI IELTS test.

EU applicants - you must take the IELTS Academic test

Please post an original or clear copy of your IELTS certificate, or send a scanned copy to  All copies are verified online using the IELTS verification service.                      

Translations of documents which are not in English

The original translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of the translation
  • the translator/an authorised official of the translation company’s full name and signature, and
  • the translator/translation company’s contact details.

Documentary requirements for Tier 4 applicants can be found here: Please read the Guidance and Appendix at the bottom of the page.  

Term Dates

Autumn Term: 15 September 2020 – 11 December 2020
(7 October - Final Project/Dissertation Deadline for MA Engaged Ecology, MSc Holistic Science)

Winter Term: 11 January – 1 April 2021

Spring Term: 19 April – 18 June

Summer Term: 21 June – 10 September
(13 August – Deadline for Final Project/Dissertation for MA Ecological Design Thinking, MA Regenerative Economics)

Taught Dates

15–18 September 2020  Welcome Week
21 September–2 October 2020  Module 1 Teaching Weeks at Schumacher College
2–13 November 2020  Module 2 Teaching Weeks at Schumacher College
18–29 January 2021  Module 3 Teaching Weeks at Schumacher College
1–12 March 2021  Module 4 Teaching Weeks at Schumacher College

Outside of the two-week periods, international students (only) may request accommodation and full board onsite at Dartington for terms 1 and 2: this would require you to participate in the learning community activities. Alternatively you can opt to live nearby or anywhere in the UK and travel to and from Dartington when required. We have a limited number of residential places available for international students. Apply as early as possible.

Contact us for details of part-time programme patterns and deadlines.

Information for international students applying for a low-residency master's programme

Do you need a visa to study in the UK?

If you are an applicant from the EU

EU applicants should check government guidance:

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 see -

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 with Schumacher College.  If you are considering a PG Diploma or our Masters programmes you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa

If you are an international applicant needing a General student visa (Tier 4)

If you are an international applicant needing a Tier 4 visa, you must enroll as a full-time student. UK government regulations mean that we are currently unable to enroll part-time international students.

If you are unsure whether you will need a Tier 4 visa, you can check here:

Language Requirements

Schumacher College requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language before they begin their proposed course of study. Students must be able to converse and write fluently in English. Below you can find what your language requirements are.

Do you have 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.

Do you hold an EU Passport?

EU. students who do not require a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK should have the following:

IELTS Academic (B2 level) achieving 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) achieving 62, with no less than 46 in each section.

Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
Students who do not require a visa to study in the UK and are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification. Please email to confirm if this exception relates to you.

Do you live outside of the EU?

To meet requirements for a Tier 4 visa to study at Schumacher College, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre .

The entry standards are as follows:
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 Tier 4 visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres here:

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 here: . If you believe you are exempt, contact us at

Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test?
To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test:

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 Schumacher College. UKVI IELTS test sites can become very busy and it may be difficult to find a convenient date and location.

See our frequently asked questions for more information

Our Fees

The College has two tuition fee tariffs that distinguish between students who need a student visa and are sponsored by us under Tier 4 and students who do not need a visa. Students requiring Tier 4 visas are generally from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) area. The higher fees reflect the additional costs to the College arising from the statutory terms of Tier 4 sponsorship, put in place by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).




MA/MSc Full Time

MA/MSc Part Time (2 years)

MA/MSc Full Time


Top up to MA with PG Cert entry
£5,800 full-time and part-time prorata p.a.

Top up to MA with PG Dip entry
£3,200 available full-time only

PG Diploma Full Time

PG Diploma Part Time

PG Diploma International Full Time



PG Certificate Full Time


PG Certificate Full Time


Some programmes have additional programme-specific fees and costs. See programme details.




Tier 4 students - £1,000
UK and EU students - £750

Deposits are payable two weeks after acceptance of offer letters.

The Schumacher College Postgraduate Bursary Fund

The Schumacher College Postgraduate Bursary Fund exists to enable students in financial need to participate in our postgraduate programmes. All students are eligible to apply for the Tuition Fees Bursary. The bursary fund is dependent on fundraising and varies each year.

You may submit a bursary application with your postgraduate application. It will not considered until you have been offered and accepted a place.

Download the Postgraduate Bursary Application Form

Dartington Scholarships

Scholarship application deadlines:
September 2020 programmes: 30 May, 2020
January 2021 programme: 31 August, 2020

Dartington Learning awards one scholarship for each full-time master's programme to cover a percentage of tuition fees. To apply for a Dartington Scholarship, applicants must apply as a full-time MA or MSc student. Scholarship applicants are also able to apply for a bursary at the same time.

The decision will be based upon a combination of:

  • what is deemed by the programme coordinator as the highest scoring response against the marking critera
  • the course application form
  • a successful interview
  • evidence the individual can cover the remaining costs

Send your scholarship statements to :

To apply for a scholarship please complete a written statement to the questions below for the programme of your choice. 

Ecological Design Thinking: The David Orr Scholarship

Please answer the following question. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words and submitted alongside or preceding your application to study at Schumacher College.

It is now more than 25 years since the principles of ecological design were enunciated yet the practice of ecological design thinking has been slow to follow. Why do you think this is so and what would you do to improve the situation?

Holistic Science: The Arne Naess Scholarship

Please answer the following question. Your statement should be no longer than 1000 words and submitted alongside or preceding your application to study at Schumacher College.

In his essay ‘Science as a vocation’ published in 1919, Max Weber argued that science necessarily disenchants the world. How might a holistic approach to science do otherwise?

Regenerative Economics - The E.F. Schumacher Scholarship 

Please answer the following question: Your statement should be no longer than 500 words and submitted alongside or preceding your application to study at Schumacher College.

For Schumacher, writing 50 years ago, questions of scale were of the utmost importance to the transition to a humane and sustainable future.  In what ways do you think his insight remains relevant to the world of the early 21st century?

Engaged Ecology Scholarship in Environmental Humanities 
Please answer the following. Your statement should be no longer than 1000 words and submitted alongside or preceding your application to study at Schumacher College.

The late Australian philosopher Val Plumwood argued that the oppression of nature and of women are fundamentally linked. Please explain her reasoning and offer some critical reflections.

Please read Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate Scholarships


Other resources our students have found helpful

Chevening: UK Government scholarships and fellowships that enable future leaders to study in the UK, whilst joining a global community of professionals who are creating positive change around the world.

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) enables Indians in the early to mid-stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships unded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is a web resource for current and prospective postgraduate students (any subject, any nationality) who are looking to fund PhD, Masters, and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts, and foundations! To access this Guide, input PIN: 9123

Applying for student accommodation

Schumacher College offers simple private bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities located at The Old Postern and Higher Close on the Dartington Estate.
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. We’ll do our best to place you in your preferred room type, but we cannot guarantee this.

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

Blocks of residencies are located at:

The Old Postern : Student accommodation shared across three accommodation blocks
Higher Close : Student accommodation shared across three accommodation blocks. This is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 - 10 minute cycle ride from the Old Postern with panoramic views of the Dartington Estate. 

Our Food

The diet at the College is entirely vegetarian. We are proud that 50% of the food we eat is grown within our three-and-a-half acre grounds and if we don't grow it ourselves, most of the food we bring in is from South Devon. All meals are prepared by in-house chefs and members of the College community including postgraduate students. 

For students who wish to live off-site, food-only options are £169/week. 

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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)

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.