Our fees reflect the extremely high level of contact time with teachers and facilitators that is unprecedented in other academic institutions.
As a student you can expect to be immersed in facilitated and group learning processes for several hours, five days a week, with opportunities for regular evening and weekend activities.
It also includes the cost of bringing the leading experts from around the world to engage and contribute in your learning process.
Many of our experts are not teachers and academics. They are 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 totally unique in the world.
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).
Important: Tier 4 Students – Working in the UK
Students studying at Schumacher College who have entered the UK on a Tier 4 visa are not permitted to work. This is because The Dartington Hall Trust, who sponsor Schumacher College students’ Tier 4 visas, is not a UK higher education institution, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
If you are issued with a Tier 4 visa which specifies you have permission to work, you are strongly advised to alert the immigration authorities to the apparent error.
Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2016-17
All Tuition, Food and Accommodation Fees are payable in advance in full on, or before, Registration.
|2016-17 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.
Food and Accommodation
An important part of studying at Schumacher College is our philosophy of "Learning by Doing" within the College community. To fully engage with the Schumacher College experience, we recommend students live on-site for the duration of Term 1 and Term 2, however it is not mandatory. Living on-site allows students to immerse themselves fully in this important period of study and opens up opportunities for close collaborations and networking within peer groups and visitors to the College. It is our experience that students who choose to live off-site have found it more challenging to engage as fully in all aspects of college life and within the community, however we understand there may be many reasons you may wish to live independently off-site and we will do our best to support you in your choice. Food and Accommodation details can be found on our Food and Accommodation page and Residential and Non-Residential Fees information page. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our Postgraduate Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Fees to study at Schumacher College
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. Please Residential and Non-Residential Fees information page for details.
Please note: Schumacher College do not have provision for student hardship funding, such as support for living costs.
Due to the immersive nature of the programmes offered by Schumacher, 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.
We Can Help
If you are interested in one of our programmes but cannot cover the fees above, please do contact us to discuss your situation further.
We do have limited bursary funding to assist students that would not be able to study without financial assistance. There are also a limited number of full scholarships available through Chevening, the UK Government's Global Scholarship Scheme. For details of what this is and how to apply click here.
We do not offer any discounts for Plymouth University alumni.
All fees for Masters and PG Cert students are due in full in September. A deposit of £1,500 is requested from all students who accept an offer of a place, in order to secure their place on to their chosen programme. This will be deducted from the balance due in September. Details of how to pay these fees are sent to students when they are formally accepted on to their chosen programme.
Students will need to budget for travel, books not held in the library, specialist research or University materials, clothing, stationery and other additional items and services (e.g. photocopying) that fall outside of course fees. Tier 4 students will also need to budget for any fee related to registration wtih the local Police (if required).
Plymouth University produces a signposting document for students looking to secure funding for postgraduate study. Click here to access this document
Another good information source on all matters pertaining to international students is UKCISA
Important Information for US Students
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.
Last updated: 18/02/2016