Regenerative Economics

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  • This course is at the forefront of new economic thinking, drawing upon diverse disciplines including psychology, anthropology and living system design
  • Gain a refined understanding of economics, together with tools, methodologies and communication skills to incorporate into your future career


MA: 1 year FT, 2 years PT.
Other routes are available, including online options – see ‘Learning Pathways’


start date: september

full Term dates

Term Dates – Academic Year 2021 – 2022

Autumn Term: Monday 13 September – Friday 17 December 2021
Winter Term: Monday 10 January – Friday 1 April 2022
Spring Term: Monday 25 April – Friday 1 July 2022
Dissertation Deadline: mid-August 2022

Onsite Teaching Weeks

13–17 September 2021: Welcome Week (at Schumacher College)
20 September–1 October 2021: Module 1 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
8–19 November 2021: Module 2 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College or online)
10–21 January 2022: Module 3 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
28 February–11 March 2022: Module 4 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)

An online version of this course is available – see ‘learning pathways’, below.

next application deadline

All upcoming application and decision deadlines can be found here.

Learning pathways

Our degree programmes are designed to suit the complexities of modern life, allowing you to live where you live and work where you work, whilst studying the subject you are passionate about as a member of our wide-reaching learning community.

Some qualifications are offered part-time – these are indicated below.

MAster's (ft/pt; 180 credits)

Regenerative Economics is a low-residency programme with 4 x 30-credit modules and 1 x 60-credit Dissertation or Final Project module.

The course is available full time over one year (UK, EU or international students) or part time over two years (UK students only).

Part-time 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 part-time PG Diploma.

Postgraduate Diploma (ft/pt; 120 credits)

A full-time (1 year) or part-time programme (2 years, UK students only) with 4 x 30 credit modules. Students taking the full-time option will study all four modules during the first two terms.  For full details on part-time pathways, please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

A full-time programme with 2 x 30 credit modules. Students will study both modules during term one.

First module only (30 credits)

The first module from this course can be studied on a standalone basis, with 30 credits allocated per module.

To apply for the accredited single module option, apply in the usual way, selecting the ‘Module One’ option during the application process.

Short course (unaccredited)

The first module of this course can be studied on a standalone basis as an unaccredited ‘short course’.

For full information – and to purchase a non-accredited course place – head to the short course page (opens in new website).

Online-only pathways

All options for this course are offered on a low-residency model, and are also available online-only. Please ensure you select the online-only option during your application as required.

More about flexible learning at Dartington >

course content

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.

On this course, you’ll explore 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.

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.


Skills you’ll gain on this course

  • develop an understanding of how living system design principles can be applied in the socio-economic realm – in short how we can ecologise economy rather than economising ecology
  • co-create theoretical principles for a new approach to economics – exploring what a post-growth economy might look like and charting pathways to get there
  • work alongside new economy pioneers in the creation and refinement of qualitatively new, mission-based enterprises and other economic structures
  • develop the capacity to communicate complex ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • explore new economic systems and behaviours not just in abstract theory, but as an engaged participant using head, heart and hands
  • enhance your skills as a researcher in the domain of new economics

programme structure & modules

This MA programme consist of 5 modules (4 taught and 1 dissertation module). If you are taking the residential option, 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.

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 now also offer a fully online pathway.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch: What to expect from the Regenerative Economics programme

entry requirements

Qualification(s) required for entry to the MA

BA/BSc (Honours) Degree A first degree
Where the first degree is not a 2.1, or in an unrelated subject, further support of the application or experience may be required.

Other non-standard awards or experience
A willingness engage with the field of Regenerative Economics. Candidates will be considered with prior credited learning and prior experiences subject to interview.* Candidates will be considered with appropriate APL (UoP Regs) subject to interview.

Interview requirements
All applicants are required to attend an interview, either at the College or online. During the interview we will look for: evidence of intellectual clarity during interview; a clearly formulated purpose for taking the course; focused interests and a clear understanding of the ethos and philosophy of the College; readiness and ability to live and work in a communal setting.

*For further information please contact our admissions team at


For full details on our fees, plus information about scholarships, student loans and bursaries, click here.


Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator and Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for our Regenerative Economics programme.

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Jay Tompt

Jay Tompt

Jay is a Lecturer for Regenerative Economics. He is also a co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project, and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University.

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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

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