MA, Ecology and Spirituality

MA, PG Dip, PG Cert

Full and part-time blended learning

Selection and Interviews from June, 2017

Programme Registration Schumacher College 5 January, 2018

Background

At this point in human history, many academics, activists, leaders and thinkers are calling for an urgent reconsideration of the cultural narratives and spiritual values that support our very existence on the planet. In an attempt to divert the current trajectory of ‘progress’ and ‘development’ towards a more sustainable and equitable future, this requires objective and critical thinking about our relationship and connection to the natural world, to the people and communities around us and to the very beliefs and values that drive our individual and collective actions.

This programme in Ecology and Spirituality brings together the theological legacy of academic work at University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the ecological and transformative learning developed to postgraduate level by Schumacher College over 25 years. It explores the role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and narrative as the underlying causes, but also the potential solutions, to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves. From different perspectives this programme will track the roots, thought-lines and stories that have caused our modern-day disconnection from the natural world and from each other – and look at ways in which we might make re-connection, in theory and in practice, for ourselves and for others.

More than simply postgraduate study, this programme is a personal and experiential journey – an opportunity for you to deeply explore your own inner landscape and how it relates to your actions in the outer world. Safely held within the transformational space that Schumacher College has become known for worldwide, you will combine critical thinking and academic rigour with an exploration of your own values, beliefs and personal narratives and how these fit, and find resonance and authenticity with your life and work. This is a chance to look at your own disconnection – its origins, influences and consequences – and in doing so find personal and collective solutions to living in a more sustainable, resilient, connected and beautiful world.

Why Here?

Schumacher College is a place of transformative learning – of ‘reconnecting our disconnect’ from the natural world and from each other. In residential programmes, students become immersed in a rich learning community of international participants and world-class contributors on the beautiful and elegant surroundings of The Elmhirst Centre, Schumacher College's second venue at Dartington Hall. The College’s teaching methods include a range of whole-person learning techniques that are aimed at the personal transformation and development of each individual and the group as a whole.

Lampeter, University of Wales (TSD), founded in 1822, is one of the oldest centres for academic study of theology, philosophy and spirituality in England and Wales. The Ecology and Spirituality postgraduate programme, the first to be developed in partnership with Schumacher College, brings academic content in philosophy, religion, anthropology and cosmology. Teaching will include residential elements held at Schumacher College and also in distance learning modules delivered online through the University of Wales (TSD) learning platform. The Awarding Body for the Ecology and Spirituality programme is the University of Wales (TSD).

Partnership between these two academic centres allows for a radical and unique postgraduate programme that combines rigorous theoretical investigation with a high degree of experiential work and the opportunity for deepening spiritual practice. The delivery of the programme, with optional modules, residential and online, allows each participant to choose between the degree of taught material and experiential content required. Within this programme there will be an emphasis on how the inner landscape of spirituality relates to the outer world. For those wishing to work toward a full Masters award there will be the requirement to produce a dissertation that demonstrates the intention, action or fieldwork in service of a more sustainable world.

Programme Structure

In order to provide as much variety and access as possible, whilst benefiting from the content and experience of both Schumacher College and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the programme will blend residential modules taught at Schumacher College, with online options offered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

This programme is designed to provide each individual with a transformative learning journey. The residential modules will be delivered as an immersive experience with limited group size, high contact time and group facilitation. The online modules may be studied whilst resident at the College, or at a distance, thus allowing participants to study at home or continue in employment.  

The first module, residential at Schumacher College, is core to this programme and must be attended by all participants. Following this, residential or online modules may be chosen to complete the degree.

January
 
Ecology and Spirituality
Core Module - Compulsory
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College
Location: Schumacher College, The Elmhirst Centre
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 Jan - 3 Feb
February - May The Ecological Self
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College / UWTSD
Location: Schumacher College, The Elmhirst Centre
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 Feb - 3 March
Environmental Philosophy
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Indigeny Today
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College / UWTSD
Location: Schumacher College, The Elmhirst Centre
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 - 31 March
Religion and the Environment
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Sacred Activism
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College
Location: Schumacher College, The Elmhirst Centre
Duration: 4 weeks
 
June - September Heavenly Discourse
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Environmental Philosophy
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Religion and the Environment
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Cosmology, Magic and Divination
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
October - January Sacred Geography
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks

View the details and aims of all modules in this programme here ›

Modules and their locations (residential or online) are shown below. All modules are worth 20 credits. Residential modules consist of 3 taught and one reading week, online modules are 12 weeks in length.

MA – Core module (20 credits) + 5 optional modules (100 credits in total) + dissertation (60 credits)

PG Dip – Core module (20 credits) + 5 optional modules (100 credits in total)

PG Cert – Core module (20 credits) + 2 optional modules (40 credits)

Fees

  Teaching Fee Food and accommodation
Residential Modules
  • Science and Spirituality
     
  • The Ecological Self
     
  • Indigeny Today
     
  • Sacred Activism

 
4 weeks

£2107 (all participants) £285 per week (7 days)
 
 
Distance Learning Modules
  • Heavenly Discourses
     
  • Environmental Philosophy
     
  • Religion and the Environment
     
  • Cosmology, Magic, Divination
     
  • Sacred Geography

 
12 weeks

£650 (UK/EU participants)
 
£1000
(international participants)

Non-residential
 
Please note that if you would like to be resident at the College for distance learning modules, the fee for food and accommodation is £285 per week (7 days)*
 

 

 

 

Dissertation £1,350 (UK/EU participants)
 
£3,000
(international participants)
 
Non-residential
 
Please note that if you would like to be resident at the College for your dissertation, the fee for food and accommodation is £285 per week (7 days)*
 

*subject to availability

Term Dates

Registration for the compulsory core module of this programme, located at The Elmhirst Centre, Schumacher College will be Friday, 5 January, 2018. The module will run 5 January – 2 February (3 taught weeks and one reading week).

Further residential module options will be continuous after the core module with exact dates to be confirmed.

Entry Criteria

Initial inquiries should be directed to the Programme Director, Dr Andy Letcher (andy.letcher@schumachercollege.org.uk). Please let us know your background, including any academic qualifications.

​The normal entry qualification is a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent in UK grading) in an appropriate arts/humanities/social sciences area including History, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Theology and/or Religious Studies. However, as the inquiry into Ecology and Spirituality is by necessity interdisciplinary, we welcome applicants from other backgrounds, especially the sciences, provided you can demonstrate the necessary writing skills. In this instance, a broad familiarity with philosophy and/or critical theory, though not essential, would be advantageous. You should contact the Programme Director who may ask to see a sample of your written work.

Applicants with a 2:2 degree (UK grading) will normally be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma, and will be considered for progression to the MA after successful completion of the six taught modules. However, any relevant professional qualifications or experience will be taken into account, so do contact the Programme Director.

As part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage applications from non-traditional entry points or from those without recognised educational backgrounds but who have equivalent and appropriate professional qualifications or significant relevant professional experience. In such cases the Programme Director may ask for a telephone / Skype conversation or request a sample of writing to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

Students with degrees from Universities outside the UK, which do not use the UK’s grading system, should contact the Programme Director.

​As the compulsory core module is taught residentially at Schumacher College, all applicants should be willing to enter fully into college life, and have an understanding of the extra work commitments that coming to Schumacher entails.

Questions?

Enquiries and applications for this programme are administered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David. For more details about the application process or for any other queries: email Lampeter Admissions Office

To Apply

Apply Online through University Of Wales Trinity Saint David

The application process for this programme will be through University of Wales Trinity Saint David. You can find details about the application process on their website.

Please return either a hard copy or electronic version of this application form to:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk or registryadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Admissions Office, Registry, UWTSD, College Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP, UK

Small group learning is a key part of this programme, so places are limited. We recommend making an application early in order to be considered for a place in January 2018.

Register your interest for the January 2018 Programme here for developments on the MA Ecology and Spirituality Programme