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Harmony and Sustainability: Theory & Practice (MA)

This programme has been developed directly from the Harmony Institute, established in the University in 2019, and from the Harmony Initiative, set up in 2016, both of which have collaborated with INSPIRE UWTSD.

The concept of Harmony was developed in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World (2010) by the University’s patron, the Prince of Wales. The concept takes a holistic view of nature as a foundation for sustainability and sustainable communities.

The programme will add a distinctive element to sustainability and sustainable communities by responding to legislation and policy: for example, the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015). 

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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Overseas (on-campus): £15,000
Fees are for the whole course

This degree will be of interest to individuals, both professionals and recent graduates, who wish to gain a wider theoretical perspective and practical context for work in sustainability and sustainable communities.

The blended and online learning features of this programme allows for flexible study in line with the principles of Harmony and Sustainability by reducing travelling and CO2 emissions. For students who wish to attend face-to-face or through blended learning, this will be accommodated through the use of the Hyflex classroom. Such classrooms allow for face-to-face and live sessions through Teams, while simultaneously recording all lectures for future asynchronous viewing.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme aims to develop skills, knowledge and social awareness with reference to the Harmony Institute goals, in order to investigate, explore and develop harmony and sustainability. We ask questions about:

  • relationships
  • justice
  • fairness
  • respect

This Master’s degree has been developed as an integrative programme which can examine ideas and practice through which we can develop a positive future for the world and its inhabitants, through the application of core Harmony principles evident in classical and indigenous practice and modern ecological theory. These principles are

“an expression of wholeness, a way of looking at ourselves and the world of which we are part. It is about connections and relationships."

The emotional, intellectual and physical are all connected. We are connected to our environments, both built and natural, and all the parts of our communities and their environments are connected.

The programme will allow students to take different pathways specialising in practical outcomes, such as business, community action, well-being and social justice, emphasising theory, exploring their relationship with nature and the environment.

Learn more in the PDF What is Harmony (September 2021)

Module Topics

Part I: Taught Component

  • Compulsory Modules:
    • The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research
    • Harmony: Theory and Practice

  • Students then choose two of the optional modules from the list below:
    • The Social (Re)Production of Inequality
    • Sustainable Communities
    • Scared Geography
    • Ecology and Spirituality

Part II: Dissertation Component

  • Dissertation Project: Harmony in Practice

Although the course is formally based at Carmarthen, a range of modules are only available online, and as such do not require attendance in person; this is due to the multi-disciplinary content of this degree. You can view A table giving details of teaching medium per module.

  • No Exams
  • Written essays
  • Online presentations
  • Reflective Accounts
  • Seminar Presentations
  • Blog/Online Report
  • 15,000 Dissertation or Project

Harmony and Sustainability (MA)

Key Information

Entry Criteria

The programme has its own Admissions Policy which adheres to the requirements of the University Admission Policy and the University’s Policy on Equality and Diversity. A robust planning system is undertaken with Support Services for those students with identified disabilities and additional learning needs.

The traditional entry route requirement for students is normally a 2:1 or 1st class honours first degree or the vocational qualification equivalent and relevant experience. The School encourages students with a range of vocational qualifications and relevant experiences to apply; this may require a written submission to indicate suitability for level 7 work prior to admission.

General Requirements

  • an initial degree of the University of Wales;
  • an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body;
  • a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of admission;
  • a non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the scheme to be pursued.

Every application is considered on its own merit, so places may be offered on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications and criteria, including maturity, professional qualifications and relevant experience. Applicants with non-standard qualifications are advised to submit a short curriculum vitae with their application form.

Career Opportunities

This programme aims to develop students’ intellectual independence and critical engagement in connection with harmony and sustainability through exploring evidence and practice. Although it is not primarily a vocational programme, it does prepare students to move in a vocational direction. Graduates exiting from this degree will be well placed to enter a range of careers, including, for example:

  • Planning Officer
  • Equality Agenda
  • 3rd Sector and Voluntary Organisations
  • Policy Makers
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Sustainable Practice
  • Businesses
  • Multiagency context
  • Working with
    • Children and Young people
    • Communities and Groups at Risk of Exclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Community Regeneration
  • Advocacy
  • Entrepreneurial Practice

Graduates may also choose to go on to complete postgraduate research degrees e.g. PhDs and Professional Doctorates.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. If students wish to undertake data collection as part of their dissertation this may require a DBS prior to data collection. There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

  • Books
  • Clothing
  • Fieldwork
  • Printing and copying
  • Stationery
Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.