MA Ecology and Spirituality

Spirituality and Ecology

The MA Ecology and Spirituality brings together the expertise in theology, philosophy and anthropology of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the pioneering spiritual and ecological thinking developed by Schumacher College (Devon) over the last 25 years.

Key Facts

Course Length:
2 Years Full-time 2-4 Years Part-time
Start Date: January 2018

School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
Andy.Letcher@schumachercollege.org.uk
Language Choice
English  



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 the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the spiritual and ecological thinking 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 it 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. 

Fees:  

 

Teaching Fee

Food and accommodation

Residential Modules 

  • Science and Spirituality
  • The Ecological Self
  • Indigeny Today
  • Sacred Activism
  • Mythology

4 weeks

 £2107 (all participants)

 £285 per week (7 days)

Each residential module has 3 taught weeks and 1 reading week. Please note that you may choose to be non-residential for your reading week

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)

Programme Modules:

  • Science and Spirit (Delivered at Schumacher College)
  • The Ecological Self (Delivered at Schumacher College)
  • Indigeny Today (Delivered at Schumacher College)
  • Sacred Activism (Delivered at Schumacher College)
  • Mythology (Delivered at Schumacher College)
  • Religion and the Environment (Delivered via distance learning)
  • Environmental Philosophy (Delivered via distance learning)
  • Heavenly Discourse (Delivered via distance learning)
  • Sacred Geography (Delivered via distance learning)   


Programme Structure: 

January

 

  • Ecology and Spirituality
  • Compulsory Module
  • Delivery: Schumacher College
  • Location: Schumacher College or Distance
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Dates: 6 Jan - 3 Feb

February - May

  • The Ecological Self
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: Schumacher College
  • Location: Schumacher College
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Dates: 6 Feb - 3 March
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Indigeny Today
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: Schumacher College 
  • Location: Schumacher College 
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Dates: 6 - 31 March
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Sacred Activism
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: Schumacher College
  • Location: Schumacher College 
  • Duration: 4 weeks

June – September

 

 

 

  • Heavenly Discourse
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Cosmology, Magic and Divination
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD
  • Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks

October – January

  • Sacred Geography
  • Optional Module
  • Delivery: UWTSD Location: Distance
  • Duration: 12 weeks

 

Entry Requirements

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.

Fees:  

 

Teaching Fee

Food and accommodation

Residential Modules 

  • Science and Spirituality
  • The Ecological Self
  • Indigeny Today
  • Sacred Activism
  • Mythology

4 weeks

 £2107 (all participants)

 £285 per week (7 days)

Each residential module has 3 taught weeks and 1 reading week. Please note that you may choose to be non-residential for your reading week

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)