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Regenerative Economics

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: We are open for Academic Year 2020/21

Due to the coronavirus crisis, we have had to make adjustments to the delivery of Modules 1 and 2 of this course, with some elements delivered online at a discount to our usual course fees. Please see ‘Programme structure and modules’, below, for details. More information about services affected by the coronavirus can be found here >


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

Applications have now closed. You can register your interest for 2021 using the 'register for updates' facility on this page.

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.  Please note that due to the coronavirus crisis, there are some exceptions to this for the 2020-21 academic year. Look for the sections marked in red below for details.

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 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.

Please note this module will be delivered online. There will be a discounted fee of £1,250 for this module.

We are looking at ‘enrichment’ opportunities for students for later in the academic year so that you don’t miss out due to online delivery (for examples, extended studio/library time/additional fieldtrips). These 30 credit online modules will also be available as stand-alone accredited (£1,250) or unaccredited (£1,000) courses. Contact us at admissions@dartington.org for details of these.

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.

Please note we plan to deliver this module with 2 weeks of intensive face to face, socially distanced teaching followed by 4 weeks online learning. We will also offer a fully online option for this module for those who are unable to attend. There will be a discounted fee of £1,250 for fully online attendees.

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.

Term Dates – Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Autumn Term: 14 September 2020 – 11 December 2020
Winter Term: 11 January – 1 April 2021
Spring Term: 19 April – 18 June
Summer Term: 21 June – 10 September

Deadline for Final Project/Dissertation: 13 August

Taught Dates

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

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

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.

Nichols Bekart

Nicholas has been working to develop La Ferme de Froidfontaine in Belgium. The Full of Life Farm – a collective to support human-scale farmers and craftsmen to settle. It provides access to land and infrastructure, financial structuring, access to funding and a range of back-office services. There are currently eight entrepreneurs at the farm but the aim is that it will become a place of economic, social and natural diversity for up to 20 projects. www.froidefontaine.be

“Go to Schumacher College if you feel the calling. You will learn to know yourself a little better, and thus what you need or want.”

Nick Loosely

Nick returned to his native New Zealand after graduating from Schumacher College and set up restaurant making three course meals with a ‘pay as you feel’ price tag for a range of people from within the community.   It began as an occasional pop-up using volunteers but he now opens five nights a week.

“The meals at Schumacher College were a big part of the inspiration for me – it’s about people stopping what they are doing and sitting down at the table.  That’s the heartbeat of the College.”

Rob Shorter

Rob had been working for supermarket chain the Co-operative Group in Manchester in its shopper and market insight and strategy team before coming to the College. Following this, he worked on a project with Amnesty International to help them develop their UK Youth Strategy - a project that utilised the Imagination Framework he designed as part of his dissertation on ‘Imagination in Economics’ whilst at Schumacher College. He now works as Communities Lead for Kate Raworth and her team at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab in Oxford.

“The people, place and foundational practices that make up Schumacher College are extraordinary and its impact on me goes far beyond academic learning."

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