Postgraduate Fees

Our fees

The 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 taught, 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.

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).

Food and accommodation

We expect all postgraduate students to foster the College’s ethos of living-and-learning-in-community by living in the student accommodation provided at either of our two sites on the Dartington Estate during their taught modules.

You will have a private room either in the Schumacher College complex, the main building of which is an historic and atmospheric old building, The Old Postern or in Higher Close, the site of the old Dartinton Arts College, a short walk away. Both are on the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate.

We understand that students with families may prefer not to live on campus and we therefore permit these students to live in their own off-campus accommodation and commute in to the College each day during taught modules.

All our food, which is vegetarian, largely organic and locally-sourced, is prepared freshly by our in-house chefs and members of the College community for every meal. Snacks and beverages are also included in the fee charged.

Postgraduate Fees 2015-16

The below fees are for all programmes starting September 2015 and January 2016

HS – Holistic Science; E4T – Economics for Transition; EFS – Ecological Food Systems; EDT – Ecological Design Thinking.

2015-16 Postgraduate Fees Masters PG Dip PG Cert
Tuition and Dissertation Fees HS and E4T EDT and EFS EDT and EFS HS and E4T EDT and EFS
UK / EU Passport £14,326 £14,326 £11,576 £6,946 £6,946
Non UK UK / EU Passport (tier 4 Visa) £18,715 £18,715 £13,915 £8,349 £8,349
Food and Accommodation  
Residential (bed, food and beverage) £8,265 £7,980 £7,980 £4,275 £3,990
Off campus (food and beverage only) £2,000 £2,200 £2,200 £1,200 £1,100
UK / EU Passport Residential £22,591 £22,306 £19,556 £11,221 £10,936
UK / EU Passport Off campus £16,326 £16,526 £13,776 £8,146 £8,046
Tier 4 Residential £26,980 £26,695 £21,895 £12,624 £12,339
Tier 4 Off campus £20,715 £20,915 £16,115 £9,549 £9449


Part-time Fees

Fees are set for each academic year and are payable in September (HS and E4T) or January (EFS and EDT) of each year of study.

We can help

If you are interested in this course 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 (HS and E4T) and January (EFS and EDT). 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 and January. 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.


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.