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MA Economics For Transition

Key Info

  • Considers alternative economic models
  • Hosted by highly respected radical economists
  • At the forefront of new economic thinking

The MA Economics For Transition programme is approved and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UoP). Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a University of Plymouth postgraduate degree certificate and become an alumni of both UoP and Schumacher College.

MA Economics For Transition

This programme considers alternative economic models that were once considered marginal but could now help us radically rethink our existing financial systems. What changes are needed to make our societies more resilient in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss, reliance on fossil fuels, financial instability, food security and poverty? As we turn to face a new economic dawn, we see how these theories and practices are now moving centre stage.

Schumacher College has developed a reputation for pioneering radical new thinking in economics, attracting leading teachers, practitioners and activists from across the globe. We have inspired and supported numerous organisations and people from in their quest to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.

We launched our first postgraduate programme in Economics for Transition in 2011 in association with the New Economics Foundation, the Transition Network and the Business School at Plymouth University. This partnership offers you an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest economic thinking, activism and entrepreneurship.

Hosted by highly respected radical economists and complemented by an international visiting faculty of teachers and practitioners, this programme offers the opportunity to join those at the forefront of new economic thinking.

*Plans are currently being explored to restore Foxhole, the site of the former Dartington Hall School, a short walk from the Old Postern.  Students studying within the academic year of 2019/2020 may study or stay in accommodation there.  

MA, PG Cert

The Economics of Transition course demonstrates how to unite the theory and practices of ecological economics and social economics to secure Co-operative Commonwealth.

Pat Conaty, Executive Director of Rebuilding Society Network

Who Is This Course For?

We welcome students directly from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to retrain in a subject area that is of huge importance to our global economic future and wellbeing.

We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-create a new economy and prepared to take a risk and explore the latest cutting edge research in this area.

Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in its diverse mix of cultural experience and age group that allows for rich peer to peer learning.

What Will You Learn?

  • The key sustainability issues facing the world today
  • How ecological, economic and social crises are systemically linked to the problems facing the the global economy
  • A critique of the dominant neoclassical, industrial growth model from different perspectives
  • A theoretical and experiential understanding of an ecological world-view
  • How to apply ecology and complexity science to the economy and social systems
  • A new approach to economics drawn from alternative schools of thought
  • Tools to assess future scenarios and pathways towards low-carbon, high wellbeing and resilient economies
  • Participation in current debates on the economics of transition
  • New economics tools, methods and policies and their application to real-world case studies
  • Self-evaluation to improve professional practice

You will also carry out an independent research project related to the economics of transition.

Future work

Graduates from this programme will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transition to a new economy.  Many of our alumni have joined the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, researchers, consultants and activists.


MA Full and Part Time

Programme Type
and Length

Full Time 100 taught credits and 80 credit dissertation
Part Time: Over 2 years

Year 1: 60 taught core credits
Year 2: 40 taught optional credits and dissertation

Part Time: Over 3 years

Year 1: 60 core taught credits
Year 2: 40 optional credits
Year 3: dissertation

PG Certificate: Full Time 60 taught credits


PG Certificate

Students studying this PG Certificate programme will take the three core modules, each worth 20 Masters Credits. Students enrolled on to the PG Certificate will study exactly the same material as the Masters students during the first term, from September to December. Masters and PG Certificate students will live and study together, so there is no separation between the programmes.

There is no part-time option for the PG Certificate.

Core Modules

Module One: The Ecological Paradigm (20 credits)

This module explores how our understanding of sustainability is evolving – from the Bruntland Report to the triple bottom line to the recent focus on ecological resilience and the life sustaining economy.

Learning from ecological thinking and practice lies at the heart of the Schumacher College educational model. Failure to understand the world in an ecological and holistic way underlies many of the grave challenges that we now face as we strive for endless economic growth within a finite planetary system and seek to trade off one system against another. Endless material growth and trade off can never be sustained when we understand the nature of dynamic feedback systems.

This module draws from scientific ecology, Gaia theory and chaos and complexity theory to introduce important concepts which can be meaningfully applied to socio-economic systems including feedback, critical path dependency, emergence; self-organisation, learning and adaptation and resilience. Students will work with case studies to apply these concepts across a range of socio-economic related topics from business strategy and environmental policy making to ecological design and closed loop economies.

During this module, students will develop personal and group inquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory, experience and practice.

Assessment: This module is 100% assessed through course work.

Module Two: The Emergence of the New Economy (20 credits)

‘The real science of political economy… is that which teaches nations to desire and labour for the things that lead to life and teaches them to scorn and destroy the things that lead to destruction’ John Ruskin (1860)

The emergence of an alternative economy that is realigned with its ecological and social context and shifts the primary goal from economic growth to sustaining and enhancing ecological and social health and wellbeing has deep roots that go as far back as Ruskin (1860) and Schumacher (1973). More recently it can be seen in the work of the new economics foundation and a whole body of theorists and practitioners.

This module develops the theoretical principles of a new approach to economics to accelerate the transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies. Students explore how contemporary economic, social, ecological and spiritual crises are systemically and dynamically linked to the driving forces in the global economy. The dominance of industrial growth economy with its theoretical underpinnings in neoclassical economics are powerfully critiqued from alternative schools of economic thought – drawn from ecological, environmental, institutional, Buddhist and eco-socialist perspectives to derive pluralistic principles for a new approach to economics.

Assessment: This module is 100% assessed through course work.

Module Three: The New Economy in Practice (20 credits)

How are we going to make the transition to low carbon, high well-being, resilient economies and what does it mean in practice for different aspects of the economy?

There are already tens of thousands of exciting and successful initiatives around the globe that collectively are the emergence of the new economy in practice. This module will apply principles of the new economy to demonstrate what works in practice, using a range of tools and methods, policy interventions and experiential approaches to catalyse change. The module is structured around a number of key issues:

  • Greening macroeconomic policy: how can the structure of the economy be a catalyst for sustainability?
  • Re-balancing global trade and the role of international environmental governance: What is the role of trade in a sustainable global economy?
  • The role of business in the transition to a more sustainable economy.
  • Innovations at the community level in areas such as finance, money systems, enterprise development, cooperatives, social enterprise, and strategies for scaling-up.
  • Strategies for effective framing and communication of the new economics.
  • Students co-create future scenarios and pathways towards the transition to low carbon, high wellbeing, and resilient economies. An action inquiry method enables learning to relate to personal and group practice.

Assessment: This module is 100% assessed through course work.

Elective Courses (20 credits each)

Students select two options, usually from a choice of three from the Schumacher College short course programme. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with other professionals and activists from outside the Masters programme.

Dissertation (80 credits)

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their capacity for independent study in the application of research skills to a topic relevant to the Economics for Transition. The dissertation can involve the use of alternative creative formats such as personal narrative, film and artwork and experiential material alongside those normally used in economic research.

Students will be introduced to a range of research methodologies in the social sciences. Sample dissertation topics could include:

Examples of indicative dissertation topics are given below:

  • Developing quantitative and/or qualitative indicators of economic resilience
  • Applying concepts from complexity theory to business leadership
  • Making a documentary about the health of global financial markets based on a systems thinking model
  • Developing an interactive learning process around the theme of climate change negotiations
  • An action research inquiry into setting up a local transition initiative.

Students will have the opportunity to apply these research methods to the research topic of their choice. Partner organisations and other agencies are invited to make suggestions about ongoing research projects that they are undertaking that students could engage in for the dissertation work, thus providing students with the opportunity to develop links with potential longer-term employers.

Teachers confirmed for 2018-19


Jonathan Dawson, Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – Economics For Transition

Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.




Julie Richardson, Manager of Schumacher Worldwide and Senior Lecturer

Julie has taught ecological economics and international development at the Universities of London and Sussex and has worked in sustainable development for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. This experience changed her view of ‘development’ – believing there is much we can learn from the wisdom of other cultures about sustainable livelihoods and restoring healthy relationship between human society and nature. Julie has applied systems thinking and complexity science to different aspects of sustainability – including sustainable design, organizational change and environmental policy. The Landscope project at Dartington arose out of this work to demonstrate industrial ecology in practice.


Tim Crabtree, Senior Lecturer – Economics for Transition

Tim Crabtree has been involved in “new economics” for 30 years, after studying economics at Oxford University and then working for the New Economics Foundation for 5 years. He has experience in policy development, local economic development and business advice, and was the co-founder of a number of a successful social enterprises including the Wessex Reinvestment Trust group and Dorset-based Local Food Links Ltd – where he was responsible for developing farmers’ markets, food festivals, community gardening projects, a specialist workspace (the Centre for Local Food), a vocational training programme for young people and a school meals catering service, employing 25 people, which now supplies 33 schools with a turnover in excess of £1 million p.a.


Term Dates – Current Academic Year 2017 - 2018

  Term Starts Term Ends No. of term Weeks Notable Dates

Autumn Term 2017
(Term 1)


Registration: Tier 4 Students only – Afternoon of Tuesday 29th August 2017

Registration UK/EU Students - Wednesday 30th August 2017

Teaching Commences Monday 4th September

Friday 15th December 2017 15 28th August 2017 is a Bank Holiday in the UK and the College will be closed
Christmas Break (3 Weeks)

Spring Term 2018

(Term 2)


Monday 8th January 2018 Friday 13th
April 2018

30th March 2018 is Good Friday

2nd April 2018 is Easter Monday

These are both Public Holidays in the UK

Spring Break (1 Week)
Summer Term
Monday 23rd April 2018 Friday 27th
July 2018

2017-18 Dissertation Submission due Friday 31st August 2018

May 7 is a Bank Holiday

 May 28 is Spring Bank Holiday. 

These are both public holidays in the UK.

New Academic Year Commences
Autumn Term


Tier 4 registration: Afternoon of 28th August 2018 **

UK/EU registration 29th August 2018 **

Teaching commencing Monday 3rd September 2018

Friday 14th December 2018 15 August 27 is a Public Bank Holiday in the UK and the College will be closed

Term Dates – Academic Year 2018 - 2019

  Term Starts Term Ends No. of term Weeks Notable Dates

Autumn Term 2018
(Term 1)

Registration: Tier 4 Students only – Afternoon of Tuesday 28th August 2018.

Registration UK/EU Students - Wednesday 29th August 2018

Teaching Commences Monday 3rd September 2018

Friday 14th December 2018 15 27th August 2018 is a Public Bank Holiday in the UK and the College will be closed.  
Christmas Break (3 Weeks)

Spring Term 2019

(Term 2)


Monday 7th January 2019 Friday 12th
April 2019 
14 19th April 2019 is Good Friday.
22nd April 2019 is Easter Monday. 

These are both Public Holidays in the UK.

Spring Break (1 Week)
Summer Term
 Tuesday 23rd April 2019 Friday 26th
July 2019


2018-19 Dissertation Submission due
Friday 23rd August 2019

May 6 is a Bank Holiday.
May 27 is Spring Bank Holiday.  
These are both public holidays in the UK.

Summer Break (4 weeks)
Autumn Term

**Registration dates to be confirmed.

Tier 4 registration: Afternoon of 27th August 2019. **

UK/EU registration 28th August 2019. **

Teaching commencing Monday 2nd September 2019.

Friday 13th December 2019 15 August 26 is a Public Bank Holiday in the UK and the College will be closed


Residential Dates for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year

Accommodation moving in and out dates for 2018 - 2019 academic year. Discover further information about Food and Accommodation at Schumacher College.

Download the 2018 - 2019 dates as a pdf document

TERM Moving in Date Move out date
Term 1 Accommodation available from Registration.
Tier 4 students will be invited to register during the afternoon of Tuesday 28th August 2018.
UK/EU students will be invited to register on Wednesday 29th August 2018.
12 Noon, Saturday 15th December 2018
  Christmas Break (3 weeks) Accommodation-only may be available during this break at a cost of £185.00 week.
* subject to availability. International students will be given preference.
Term 2 Friday 4th January 2019 12 Noon, Saturday 13th April 2019
  Spring Break (1 week) Food & Accommodation can be booked during this break at a cost of £285.00.
* subject to availability. International students will be given preference.
Term 3 Students are all non-residential in Term 3  


We are committed to maintaining small teaching groups and to offering an extremely high level of contact time with teachers, facilitators, visiting scholars and practitioners and this is reflected in our fees.  This also includes the cost of bringing the leading experts from around the world to engage in your learning process.

As a student you can expect to be immersed in these small groups for several hours, five days a week, with opportunities for regular evening and weekend activities.

As well as teachers and academics we also bring practitioners and activists that are out there changing the world and do not teach anywhere else. They come to Schumacher College because of the high calibre of our students and the unique learning models we use.

This is what makes our postgraduate programmes unique.

Fee Tariffs

The College has two tuition fee tariffs which 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 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).

Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2018 -19

All Tuition, Food and Accommodation Fees are payable in advance in full on, or before, Registration.

2018-19 Postgraduate Tuition Fees Masters PG Dip * PG Cert
UK / EU Passport £14,326 £11,576 £6,946
Non UK / EU Passport (tier 4 Visa) £18,715 £13,915 £8,349

* Please note: The PG Diploma is only available as an option for the MA Ecological Design Thinking Programme and the MA Myth and Ecology Programme.

The above tuition fees do not include Accommodation and/or food fees payable.  Please see:  Residential and Non-Residential Fees information page in order to review the full cost.

All applicants should ensure they have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, food fees, and living costs for the full duration of their course. Non-residential students must ensure they can cover food costs charged in Term 1 and /or Term 2.  Students will need to budget for travel, books not held in the library, specialist research or academic materials, clothing, stationery and other additional items and services (for example, photocopying, binding) that fall outside of course fees. Tier 4 students will also need to budget for any fee related to registration with the local Police (if required).

Payment of Tuition, Food and Accommodation Fees

Full fees are due at or before Registration. A deposit of £1,500 is requested from all students who accept an offer in order to secure their place on to their chosen programme. This will be deducted from the remaining balance of tuition fees due. Details of how to pay these fees are sent to students when they are formally accepted on their chosen programme.

Part-Time Fees

Due to the immersive nature of the programmes offered by Schumacher College, we are unable to offer a traditional part-time route of study.  Each programme can be broken down in to shorter periods of focused study; the minimum commitment in Year 1 is the first term (PG Certificate) which runs from September through to December.  Please see individual programme pages for information concerning part-time routes available on your programme. 

Important Financial Information

  • Schumacher College does not have provision for student hardship funding, such as support for living costs.
  • Tier 4 students/Short Term visa students to work, volunteer, or bring dependents whilst studying with us.  You can find more information under the International Students tab.
  • We do not offer any discounts for Plymouth University alumni.
  • Schumacher College does not have Federal Aid Accreditation. This would be a requirement of the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programme for any US student applying for a loan in order to help fund their studies. Therefore, any US student needing a loan in order to take up a place on our programmes should not apply to the FSA programme.
  • Postgraduate Taught Loans are not currently available to students studying at Schumacher College as it is a private Higher Education (H.E) provider and not an Higher Education Institution (H.E.I). Forthcoming changes to Higher Education regulation in the UK may allow the college to be eligible at some point in the future.  Please sign up for our newsletter if you would like us to keep you informed of any changes.

Last updated: 06/12/2017

An important part of studying at Schumacher College is our philosophy of 'learning by doing' within the College community.

As a student we think you will benefit more from living on-site during Term 1 and Term 2 to fully immerse in this important period of study.  It gives you the opportunity to network and collaborate with other students and the many international visitors who come to the College.  We have also seen it can be harder to fully engage in all aspects of College life for students who choose to live off-site. 

However we realise there may be reasons some students wish do not wish to live on-site and we fully support that.  In busy periods accomodation may be limited so we encourage students to let us know their requirements as soon as possible.

2018 - 2019 Residential Fees

Term 1

Term 1 & Term 2

Term 3

PG Certificate

PG Diploma and  Masters Students *

Masters Students *



By request.
Subject to availability.


Residential Fees Information

  • If you are a Diploma or Masters student and you choose to be resident, your contract will cover Term 1 and Term 2. These are the minimum terms for on-site accommodation.
  • Residential Fees quoted include bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. For further information about what is included in accommodation please visit the Food and Accomodation page.
  • Accommodation contract coves the period from Registration through to 12 noon Saturday 13th April 2019 (excluding Christmas).
  • Christmas Break: If not travelling home, most students choose to use this time to stay with new friends and acquaintances however accommodation-only may be available at Dartington during this 3 week period, at a cost of £185.00 week. *subject to availability.  International students will be given preference.
  • Accommodation will be allocated to you at either The Old Postern or Higher Close. Rooms at The Old Postern are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Where accommodation at The Old Postern is fully allocated, you will automatically be given a room at Higher Close
  • No refunds* are available on Accommodation for Term 1 & Term 2. *Exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Term 3: Students live off-site in Term 3 whilst working on their dissertations. If you would like to request accommodation into Term 3, please complete an Accommodation Request form at least 1 month prior to the end of Term 2. 
    Food and Accommodation would be charged monthly; with a 1 month notice period. The cost for food and accommodation would be charged at £285.00 per week. 

2018 - 2019 Non Residential Students - Considerations

If you are considering non-residential study, please note the immersive nature of the programme.  You will be expected to be at the college for all Taught Weeks and to ‘live’ alongside the residential learning community.  To see a typical day, please view the typical Post Graduate Day page.

2018 - 2019 Non Residential Fees

Each programme timetable is scheduled independently so that programme coordinators can run their programme of study in a way that best supports the students. The number of Taught and Study Weeks within each programme is therefore variable. The College only charges non-residential students for Taught weeks and this shown below. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to e-mail:

PG Cert, MA Economics for Transition 

Term 1
Taught Weeks only

Term 1 & Term 2
Taught Weeks Only
Term 3
PG Certificate
Masters Students *
Masters Students *
Meals Bookable subject to availability.


Non-Residential Fees Information

  • Non-Residential Fees quoted include all meals you may wish to join during taught weeks of the programme including:  breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for taught weeks only.  Outside of these weeks, meals are bookable and are currently charged at £5.00 for breakfast, £5.00 for lunch, £5.00 for dinner.
  • In order for you to engage fully with College life and Community, you will be expected to aim to be here each day for breakfast and a Community Meeting at 8.30am and to join in with community responsibilities including cooking, cleaning and gardening. Supper is usually served at 6.30pm. Students remain on-site to enjoy supper.
  • During the evenings there are opporutnities to network and there are also regular talks and events. There is also a College Bar on site, bar drinks are not included in your fees.

Students with disabilities or additional needs can speak in confidence to the Postgraduate Administration team who can support you by making specific or alternative arrangements. Contact for further information.

The Alternative Guide to Funding

The Alternative Guide  is designed to show how you can get additional help to fund your degree from the voluntary sector. Many charities are willing to make grants to students to help further their education.

The Alternative Guide contains lists of funding opportunities as well as guidance and help on how to successfully apply.  It's free for all applicants to Schumacher College wanting help to fund their Masters Degree.  If you are a prospective student who has applied to the College, please email to get an access PIN.


Schumacher College Bursaries - applications are now closed

The Schumacher College Postgraduate Bursary Fund exists to enable those with potential and 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. The maximum level of award is typically £2,000.00 however we ask that you share the full level of support you need. 

You may submit a bursary application with your postgraduate application. Your bursary will be considered if you are offered a place on your chosen programme.

Please click here to download the Postgraduate Bursary Application Form
Please read the Terms and Conditions and instructions given on the application form.

Please download and save the application form to your computer and complete using the latest version of Acrobat Reader


Schumacher College Scholarships 2018 - 2019 - applications are now closed

Schumacher College is able to offer one partial scholarship for each full-time Masters programme.  Each scholarship is an award of £5,000 which is deducted from the tuition fees.  We welcome scholarship applications from all students who are not being considered for bursary applications. The decision on the award will be made by the faculty. 

To apply for a scholarship please complete a written statement to the questions below for the programme of your choice.  The statement should be no longer than 500 words and submitted alongside or preceding your application to study at Schumacher College.  All applications for scholarships must be received by the closing date of March 29, 2018.

Who is eligible to apply?
To apply for a Schumacher College scholarship applicants must apply for the full programme on a full-time basis; they do not have to be resident at the College.  The decision will be based upon a combination of:

  • what is deemed by the programme coordinator as the best response
  • the course application form
  • a successful interview
  • evidence the individual can cover the remaining fees.

The decision is not based on financial need.  Scholarship applicants are also able to apply for a bursary at the same time.  Scholarship statements are to be sent to:  Please read Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate Scholarships.


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?



Chevening Scholarships Awards

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme 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.

The opportunity to apply for one of these awards is open to MA Economics for Transition, MA Ecological Design Thinking, MSc Holistic Science postgraduate programmes starting in September 2018. The deadline for application to Chevening is 7 November 2017.  You need to make a separate application to the College and we highly recommend you make an application to Schumacher College and to Chevening at the same time.

Please visit the Chevening website for more details:


Are you ready to join a new generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, researchers, consultants and activists?

Graduates from this programme will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transition to a new economy.

Hear from some of our past and present students and find out how this programme has changed their lives and careers.

Student Profile Luigi RussiStudent Profile - Luigi Russi

Luigi was a University lecturer teaching politics and critical development before joining the Economics for Transition programme. Since leaving the College he has gone on to write a book and has joined a PhD programme.

Discover more about Luigi


Student Profile Ben MossStudent Profile - Ben Moss

Before coming to the College Ben was running a social enterprise in Bristol. Find out what brought him to the College and what he has learnt since coming here!

Discover more from Ben


Students profile Chris TittleStudent Profile - Chris Tittle

Chris was amongst the first students to take the Masters Economics for Transition. He now co-directs the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) (link is external), which cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. Find out more about Chris and his time here.

Discover more from Chris


Student Profile Geno Lopez MoralesStudent Profile - Geno Lopez Morales

Geno moved from Spain where she had previously been working for Spanish Business Confederation for Social Economy (link is external) and an NGO based in Madrid. Find out what brought her to the College and where she intends to go next!

Discover more from Geno


Student Profile Lior GottesmanStudent Profile - Lior Gottesman

Lior was involved in directing Environmental-Youth-Leadership programs in two cities in Israel before joining the MA Economics for Transition programme. Find out what brought her to the College and what she has done since coming here.

Discover more from Lior


Student Profile Lucy DavisStudent Profile - Lucy Davis

Lucy was working as Neighbourhood Plan Officer for St Ives Town Council in Cornwall. She took the MA Economics for Transition as a part-time student, whilst continuing to work for the council. Since completing her Masters, she has become actively involved in a number of local economic initiatives, read about Lucy and her inspirational work!

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student profile Nick LoosleyStudent Profile - Nick Loosley

Nick Loosely is currently taking the MA Economics for Transition. Find out what bought it him all the way from New Zealand and what he's been up to since being at the College.

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Student profile Yannick BeaudoinStudent Profile - Yannick Beaudoin

Yannick Beaudoin was a marine geoscientist with a Norwegian non-profit organisation. He took the part-time route and completed his Masters of Economics for Transition in Spring 2014. Find more about Yannick's experience at the College.

Discover more from Yannick

Admissions Policy

Specialist information for different applicants

International Applicants

You apply in the same way as UK applicants. You will need to satisfy our general entry requirements, along with a specified level of ability in English language. Find out full details in the International Students tab  and view the Language Requirements tab

Applicants With Support Needs

For information on Learning and Mental Health support, visit the Learning and Mental Health Support page.

Applicants With Criminal Convictions

If you have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, you are required to declare this on your application.
Declaring a relevant criminal conviction does not automatically exclude you from our application process. 

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 E.U. passport?

E.U. 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 E.U.?

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?
We highly recommend booking 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.



Information for International Students applying for a Postgraduate Course

If you need a visa to come to Schumacher College as a postgraduate student please name The Dartington Hall Trust as your Tier 4 sponsor.
The University of Plymouth and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are the two awarding bodies for our master degrees.

Will I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you have previously studied in the UK on a programme at Level 7 (Masters Level) or above, we are not allowed to sponsor you to study in the UK. We can only sponsor students for a new course if it represents academic progress from your previous course of study. 

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:-

What are the disadvantages of a Short Term Study Visa?

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. 

Information about Tier 4 (General) student visas can be found here:  We do our best to keep all information up-to-date but please check with the UK Government website. 

See our frequently asked questions for more information

Entry Requirements

Students will normally possess a first degree in design or the natural or social sciences, or equivalent professional experience. As places are limited we will select candidates who we think will benefit most from the programme, and who will actively pursue transformative practice. In addition to considering individual candidates according to these criteria, the prospective MA, PG Diploma and PG Certificate group will be considered as a whole, for which we strive to create a balance of interest, gender and background.

Important: On 1 April 2009 changes to the UK’s Immigration Law came into effect. Please ensure that you have a legitimate right of entry into the UK.

For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website

Apply for a Postgraduate Programme

Please download and save the relevant application form listed below to your computer and complete using the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
If you experience any issues when completing the application form please let us know by e-mailing:

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  • Applications are Open

Download the application form
(editable PDF Document)

Email completed applications to

As the College believes in small group learning, places on each programme are limited to up to 17 students; we would therefore recommend making an early application. Your application will not be considered until we have received all of your supporting documentation. If you have any queries please e-mail:

Before You Apply

  1. Choose your course by visiting the Postgraduate Programmes listing page.
  2. Consider whether you meet the entry requirements:
    International entry requirements
    English language requirements
  3. Check the specific admissions and entry requirements for the course you are interested in. Every course has a dedicated web page containing admission details and entry requirements, as well as other useful information in the full course information section.
  4. Check the Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Residential and Non-Residential Fees information
  5. Contact the Postgraduate Team if you need any advice about a particular course.
  6. Consider the supporting documents you might need to send as part of your application.

After You Apply

Once we have received your application, the Postgraduate Admissions Team will contact you by email to confirm safe receipt of your application and to explain next procedures and discuss any supporting documentation still required. We will ask all shortlisted applicants to attend an interview. You may be asked to come to the College, or to conduct a telephone or Skype interview if you are not able to visit the College. We will select our MA, PG Diploma and PG Certificate students and offer places on the outcome of these interviews.

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications by email on receipt, and will contact applicants to either arrange an interview or advise that their application will not be taken further. We aim to do this within two to three weeks of receipt of an application.

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

We recommend tracked, signed for, or recorded delivery.

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 which are not in English MUST be accompanied by a full translation then certified by a public notary or solicitor.  When sending any translation(s) the Certificate or transcript in the original language must also be supplied; meeting the guidelines noted above.

Important notes for Tier 4 students concerning Certificates and Transcripts: 

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will only accept original copies of your certificates or transcripts during the visa application process. Whilst we are happy to accept originals to support your application to us, it is safer to post certified photocopies which meet the above guidelines. You will be asked to bring the originals with you to enrolment if offered a place.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) also require a full translation of any documents that are not in English that can be independently verified by the Home Office. Further information and relevant links can be found at the bottom of this page.** To avoid paying a Translator twice we would recommend any translations provided to us meet the UKVI guidelines in full and that you hold an additional copy yourself in readiness for any visa application.   

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 at any time 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 as original documents on headed paper in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by the referee. Alternatively, your referees may scan and email the letter on headed paper directly to the College from their official work email address. The e-mail should be sent to with Subject line: ‘Reference for [applicants name]’

6) Non-native English speakers:  Please view the language requirments information tab above.                                                                                  

If you have taken an:-

IELTS test: (English Language Requirements can be viewed herePlease note: Tier 4 students must take an Academic IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration purposes.)                                                                                            

Please post an original or very clear photocopy of your  IELTS certificate. Alternatively IELTS can send an original copy directly to Schumacher College on your behalf.

If you have access to a scanner, we will accept a scanned copy; this should be e-mailed to  If sending by e-mail please type the following in the subject line: ‘Supporting Document –  IELTS test - (followed by your name)’.Important to note: All copies are verified online using the IELTS verification service so please ensure the scan is clear and all information visible.

If you have booked, or plan to book an English Language test:

Please inform us of the date your test is to be taken. This may be a note with your papers, or you can e-mail:  Please ensure the subject line of the e-mail says: Supporting Documents – Further information – (Followed by your full name)                       

If you require sponsorship for a Tier 4 (General) visa **

Translations of documents which are not in English.

UKVI requirements can be subject to change, so it is important you check for any updated guidance, however, as at August 2014 UKVI require all documents which are not in English to be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office. 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.

Even at point of application it can be useful to make yourself familiar with the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) with regard to Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Please note that you cannot apply for a Tier 4 visa without first being offered a place and given a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Student number). Further information is contained within our offer letters.

Tier 4 (General) Student visa information page:

Documentary requirements can be found here: Please read the Guidance and Appendix at the bottom of the page.  Information concerning proof of finances is of particular importance as the required funds need to be in place for 28 days** prior to your visa application. (** correct as at: August 2014; please check current UKVI requirements as these can be subject to change).

Important information:  Schumacher College is licensed under Dartington Hall Trust as a Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we are required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. That means we’ll look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UK Visas and Immigration (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.


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