- 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 – see ‘Learning Pathways’
start date: september
Term dates: 2022-23
Autumn Term: Monday 12 September – Friday 16 December 2022
Winter Term: Monday 9 January – Friday 31 March 2023
Spring Term: Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June 2023
Dissertation Deadline: Tuesday 15 August 2023
Onsite Teaching Weeks
12- 16 September 2022: Welcome Week (at Schumacher College)
19 – 30 September 2022 Module 1 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
7 – 18 November 2022: Module 2 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College or online)
9 – 20 January 2023: Module 3 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
27 February – 10 March 2023: Module 4 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
Term dates: 2023-24
Autumn Term: Monday 11 September – Friday 15 December 2023
Winter Term: Monday 8 January – Friday 5 April 2024
Spring Term: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July 2024
Dissertation Deadline: 13 August 2024
Welcome week: Monday 11th – Friday 15th September
Residential weeks: Monday 18th September – Friday 29th September
Online weeks: Monday 2nd October – Friday 21st October
Reading week: Monday 23rd- Friday 27th October
Assignment deadline: Tuesday 31st October
Residential weeks: Monday 6th November – Friday 17th November
Online weeks: Monday 20th November – Friday 8th December
Reading week: Monday 11th – Friday 15th December
Assignment deadline: Tuesday 19th December
Residential weeks: Monday 8th January – Friday 19th January
Online weeks: Monday 22nd January – Friday 9th February
Reading week: Monday 12th – Friday 16th February
Assignment deadline: Tuesday 20th February
Residential weeks: Monday 26th February – Friday 8th March
Online weeks: Monday 11th March – Thursday 28th March
Reading week: Monday 2nd April – Friday 5th April
Assignment deadline: Thursday 11th April
next application deadline
All upcoming application and decision deadlines can be found here.
Apply now (September 2023)
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Some qualifications are offered part-time – these are indicated below.
To get the most out of their course and of being part of our learning community, many students choose a fully immersive experience for the residential taught periods of their course, staying on our stunning 1,200 campus on the banks of the River Dart with full board accommodation.
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 or over two years.
On the two-year pathway students complete modules 1, 2 and 3 in Academic Year 1, and module 4 and the dissertation in Academic Year 2 for the full Master’s.
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. On the two year pathway students take modules 1, 2 and 3 in academic year 1, and module 4 in academic year 2.
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
A full-time programme with 2 x 30 credit modules. Students will study both modules during term one.
single module only (30 credits)
Modules 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 ‘Single Module’ option during the application process. Our admissions team will then get in touch to confirm which module you wish to study.
Short course (unaccredited)
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.
Schumacher College and its founder, Satish Kumar, were recently awarded the RSA 2023 Bicentenary Medal for an “outstanding, regenerative and impactful contribution ….. enabling people, places and planet to flourish in harmony.”
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Ruth Potts is head of our Regenerative Economics programme. She is a researcher, facilitator, artist and activist who also works on the Green New Deal in the office of Caroline Lucas MP.
Ruth is a leading member of the secretariat for the Global Alliance for a Green New Deal, an alliance of 27 lawmakers from 22 nations working collaboratively for transformative economic change. In 2020, Ruth brought together a transdisciplinary team to deliver Reset, an inquiry that opened up space for a broad cross-section of the UK public to explore their experience of the first Covid lockdown and discuss how they might want life to change so that it is greener and fairer.
Previously, Ruth was a senior lecturer in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College, co-developing the innovative MA. She initiated and was Artistic Advisor to, Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility at Somerset House, the Courtauld Institute and Gallery and King’s College London. Ruth was Head of Communications at NEF (the New Economics Foundation) for almost a decade where she helped shape the narrative of new economics, and was a co-editor of Red Pepper from 2016-2019. She is a co-author of The New Materialism, covered by the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Financial Times.
Ruth’s research and arts practice focuses on the phenomenon of political agency, following Donna Haraway’s demand that we ‘stay with the trouble’. Ruth is firmly committed to broadening perception of the possible, and is a member of the Cambridge Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change and the Rapid Transition Task Force.
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.
Before moving to the UK Jay was based in Silicon Valley in the US as an entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’. He holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Maria is the author of Wittgenstein and Lacan at the limit: meaning, and astonishment, and editor of Cora Diamond on Ethics.Read More
David Bollier is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for New Economics in the U.S.Read More
Malé Luján Escalante
Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Network and of the Transition movement. He is very embedded in initiatives in Totnes, Devon, such as Atmos Totnes and New Lion Brewery.Read More
Pat McCabe / Woman Stands Shining
Ann Pettifor is a political economist with a focus on finance and sovereign debt.Read More
Anne has spent 20 years in the public sector working in a wide range of areas including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development and higher education.Read More
Juliet Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College.
Singh’s collaborations and commissions include a diverse range of organisations and artists including BBC, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, V&A Museum, WOMAD, Kew Gardens, Chester Zoo, SONOS, BFI, Celtic Connections, RNLI, National Trust, Tate Britain, Sir David Attenborough, George Ezra, Big Narstie, Yazz Ahmed, Shabaka Hutchings, Natacha Atlas, Sarathy Korwar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Rokia Traore.
Dr Troy VIne
Troy Vine holds a PhD in particle physics at University College London with research undertaken at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago.Read More
He is currently doing a PhD in philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a thesis focusing on methodology and ontology in the colour investigations of Descartes, Newton, Goethe and Wittgenstein. He is also an Associate Researcher at The Field Centre, near Stroud, England and a translator and editor of studies in holistic science.
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
Ministry of the Environment, BrazilRead More
“The MA brought me the opportunity to enquire on the nature of what we call “the economy”, through exciting hetherodox lenses such as systems thinking, deep ecology and phenomenology, immersed in a vibrant and loving learning community. It opened up new possibilities of making sense of the world’s challenges and the role that public policy can play in the transition towards a regenerative society. I’m currently dedicating to raise awereness about the limitations of the neoliberal and growth-dependent economic narrative in enviromental policy, and hope to nurture space for policy designs based on broader goals such as resilience and ecological well-being.”
Co-founder, La Ferme de FroidfontaineRead More
There are currently eight entrepreneurs at the farm but the aim is that it will become a place of economic, social and natural diversity for up to 20 projects. www.froidefontaine.be
He says: “Go to Schumacher College if you feel the calling. You will learn to know yourself, and thus what you need or want.”
Communities Lead, Doughnut Economics Action LabRead More
He now works as Communities Lead for Kate Raworth and her team at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab in Oxford.
He says: “The people, place and foundational practices that make up Schumacher College are extraordinary and its impact on me goes far beyond academic learning.”
Director-General, David Suzuki FoundationRead More
Most recently, Yannick has been facilitating conversations with decision makers across Canada, highlighting various examples of beyond-GDP economics. Yannick holds a Phd in Marine Geology from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College/University of Plymouth in the UK.
Project-lead and Systems Thinker, nangu.ecoRead More
Francisco says: “I was a ‘sustainability practitioner’ many years before I joined Schumacher, leading an ecological market called feriaverde.org. I thought I was well informed of the ecological challenges and potential solutions out there. After a year in Schumacher I realized how little I knew and my worldview was profoundly enriched. I wholeheartedly recommend the program to fellow change makers and leaders.”
Co-founder, Schumi Learning GardenRead More
More excitingly, SLG is growing into an eco-village with more and more people settling down and developing their right livelihood. New initiatives include an organic herbal farm, a bakery/cafe, a wood workshop, a natural dye workshop, a few guesthouses, etc.
Ying also has a master degree in Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame. Besides running SLG, she is also an interpreter and consultant for community development organisations. If you ask her what is the most important gift she received from the college, she will say: “the will to protect and faith in creation”.
Director of Land and Housing Justice, Sustainable Economies Law CenterRead More
At the Law Center, he co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Money & Finance Programs.
Project manager – revitalising places & economiesRead More
She says: “Thanks to Covid-19, I had no job to come back to from my maternity leave, and I had to redefine myself. Now I’m an independent practitioner, and involved in several projects. I support an establishment of a local coin in several municipalities in our area in partnership with an Israeli platform, and I work in a Bedouin city called Rahat, developing a program to assimilate sustainability principles as part of the core values in different sectors (education, community, city planning etc.). Finally, I’m leading on a project with a rural council that wants to align all its economic activity with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Founder and General Manager, Everybody EatsRead More
The pay-as-you-feel model is inclusive; it allows people who can afford to pay for a meal to do so, and perhaps contribute to future meals, while giving more vulnerable people an opportunity to enjoy a dignified experience without feeling any guilt or stigma. Everybody Eats now has weekly pop-up restaurants in Auckland City, Papamoa and Wellington, as well as a permanent restaurant in Onehunga. Nick is also a winner of the Kiwibank New Zealander of The Year, Local Hero Award.
Author and ‘Renegade Economist’Read More
This year, she also became an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and next year she will be coming out with a book about how to tackle inequality in Silicon Valley. She lives in a cabin at the edge of the forest in the Santa Cruz mountains of California and thinks fondly of the footpaths behind the college as she walks through the redwoods.
Community Development Project leaderRead More
Sho says: “Our citizens aim to re-think this crisis as a chance to come together. ‘Can Do Festival’ has played a platform role for all people in Fukui to champion community development and to drive a better future society”.
Founding Partner and of Impact, Value SquaredRead More
“I’m a monetary adviser for Kora – a start-up company issuing a complementary currency which rewards sustainable behavior. And finally, I’m involved in giving lecturing and workshops about sustainable economics and complex systems, in academic institutions, think tanks, hubs, private and public sector organizations and more.
Sustainability Consultant and FacilitatorRead More
Eliza has been offering courses and study groups about new economics in Brazil, aiming to amplify the debate and raise consciousness about the topic in the country. She is also part of The Economy of Francesco, a global movement with local action, sponsored by Pope Francis, that aims to “give a new soul” to the global economy.
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