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Regenerative Economics - MA, PGDip, PGCert

Key Info

  • £8,000 UK and EU, £15,000 International full time
  • £4,500 UK and EU, £8,000 International part time
  • Low-Residency Programme

Pathways to a Regenerative, Ecological Economics

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. 

The programme adopts an interrogative approach, exploring diverse global economic philosophies and models. The low-residency structure of this programme enables professionals to combine work and study.

This course is at the forefront of new economic thinking, drawing upon diverse disciplines including psychology, anthropology and living system design.

Graduates from this programme will come away with a refined understanding of economics together with tools, methodologies and communication skills to incorporate into their work.

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Regenerative Economics - MA, PGDip, PGCert

This programme explores alternative economic models, many of which were once considered marginal but could now help us radically rethink our existing economic systems.

What changes are needed to make our societies more resilient in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and our reliance on fossil fuels and to address financial instability, food insecurity and poverty?

In recent years we have seen huge political and social upheaval around the globe, bringing our societies to a critical point which now calls for a new way of economic thinking.

Schumacher College has developed a reputation for pioneering radical new thinking, attracting leading international teachers, practitioners and activists. Our economics programme has inspired and supported numerous organisations and people in their endeavours to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.

This new programme of Regenerative Economics has evolved from our highly successful MA Economics for Transition which ran successfully for nine years.

Now we are re-launching a new low-residency programme to make our courses more accessible so that students can combine work and study. We continue to maintain our partnership with the Business School at the University of Plymouth.

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 ecological, economic thinking.

Graduates leave to work in

Start-ups and local enterprises
Community organisations
NGOs: especially those tackling climate emergency
Ethical Business: making systems more sustainable and socially just
Economics: analysing how markets responds to various stressors
Education: teaching in a multi-disciplinary setting

This programme can be taken full-time or part-time

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Closing dates for applications

First round application deadline: 1 June, 2020

We are in the process of making changes to our Ecological Design Thinking and Regenerative Economics programmes and they are ‘Subject to validation’, meaning that the details of the course are in the process of being approved by the University Of Plymouth. 

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.  

Last updated: 11/11/2019

Programme Structure

MA Regenerative Economics is a low-residency programme with 4 x credit modules and 1 x 60 Dissertation or Final Project module

This MA programme consist of 5 modules (4 taught and 1 dissertation module).  The first 2 weeks of each taught module are timetabled teaching periods, where you must live on site (or nearby) and participate in the learning community.  So there are 4 two-week periods, spread across 7 months.  The remaining 4 months are the dissertation research and writing period. You may choose to return home for the duration of the dissertation, and will no longer be sponsored by us for your Tier 4 visa.
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 and select the accommodation option on the application form.

Students can take the course full-time over one year, or part-time over 24 or 36 months.

Part-time students would gain their 180 M credits as follows:

Part-time pathway 1 (24 months): Students complete the core theoretical modules in Academic Year 1, and the core studio modules and dissertation in Academic Year 2 for the full masters, or the core theoretical modules in Academic Year 1, and the core studio modules in Academic Year 2 for the PG Diploma.

Module One: Ecology and Economy (30 credits)

In the first week of the module, strong emphasis will be placed on the creation of the learning community and the development of personal and group inquiry practices. Introductory sessions will be held on the key areas of holistic science to be covered in more depth during the home study period along with initial individual and group enquiries into how these may translate into the socio-economic sphere. 

Module Two: Beyond Growth (30 credits)

We will provide an overview of both the history of economic thought and of heterodox approaches to the discipline from various traditions. An introductory overview will be provided to the growth dynamics within our current economic deign. Sessions will be given on future scenarios planning.

Module Three: Regenerative Enterprise (30 credits)

Teaching during this module will be focused on identifying research projects on which students will work collaboratively during the remainder of this module. It is likely that some of these projects will emerge from initiatives in which the students are already engaged and others will be proposed and co-created by college faculty. We will also look at presentations on relevant new economy case study materials from around the world as well as introductions to relevant research orientations and methodologies.

Module Four: Changing The Frame (30 credits)

You will begin with an introduction to the psychological and neuroscientific foundations of our cognitive processes. The power of verbal and visual metaphors and narrative frames will be explored with case study reference to both effective an ineffective communication strategies. Special emphasis will be laid on the use of language to radically change individual, group and societal understanding at an ontological level. 

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation enables students to pursue a Regenerative Economics project of their own interest, or an academic essay interrogating the further evolution of Regenerative Economics theory and practice.

Last updated 12/12/2019

Term Dates – Academic Year 2020 - 2021

  Term Dates Notable Dates
Autumn Term

14 September 2020 – 11 December 2020

7 October - Final Project/Dissertation Deadline for MA Engaged Ecologies
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, MSc Holistic Science  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.

Last updated: 24/02/2020

Jonathan Dawson, Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – Regenerative Economics
Jonathan is a sustainability educator 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 and before joining the College he was a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage.