Schumacher College is a progressive college for ecological studies offering postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, research degrees, short courses and a practical agroecology residency.

We focus on interactive and experiential education to help students develop the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face 21st century challenges and to instigate regenerative futures.

Our learning ethos is about participating, getting out into the field, into the kitchen, experiencing the world as a starting point for more in-depth enquiry. These experiences then inform anti-reductionist, whole systems thinking that can help to break down traditional disciplines and foster collaborations that reach towards a better understanding of the truth.

ABOUT US: Read more about our history and ethos >

Grower in our growing space, Henri's Field

live chats & open days

Get to know our College, our faculty and our programmes with these online and offline events.


flexible learning

There are so many ways to connect with our learning programmes to suit your lifestyle – including low-residency or part time routes, unaccredited modules, and blended learning models.


postgraduate programmes

Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise


This radical new course is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of resilient human-scale food systems and learn the skills needed to design, influence or develop resilient, productive food-based networks and businesses of your own. With an ecological and systemic approach, you will carve out a path towards making a positive contribution to the food economy.

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Movement, Mind and Ecology


Explore the rich intersection of embodied practice, environmental philosophy and ecological thinking with this distinctive new course. The first of its kind, the MA programme encourages you to use your own physical engagement with the world to reshape your understanding of place, nature, self and society, with the help of world-renowned experts from a wide range of physical pursuits.

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Engaged Ecology


A radical programme for students looking to reconsider their relationship with the more-than-human and find solutions to the environmental and social crises of our time. The course equips you with the skills to engage practically in the field, while also allowing you the time and space to develop a personal understanding of the interconnected nature of the world.

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undergraduate programmes

Regenerative Food and Farming


The BSc in Regenerative Food and Farming gives you the opportunity to explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems, through a programme of integrated experiential learning, study alongside expert faculty and practitioners, meaningful work placement, and guided independent projects.

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Short Courses

Our courses celebrate the ethos of learning by doing and nature connection developed here at Schumacher College and across a century of arts learning on the Dartington estate. They unite ecology, craft skills and contemporary art with politics, philosophy and social justice, underpinned by a stronger sense of our place in the world. Our learning experiences are offered alongside short courses from the Dartington Arts School as part of a collaborative learning community.

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Unaccredited modules

If you love our degree programmes but can’t commit to a full course, it’s possible to select modules as unaccredited short courses. 

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Practical Residency In Agroecology

A rich, six month immersive programme learning how to grow food in a way that maintains and restores soil and ecosystem health.

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virtually schumacher

– Ongoing series of live chats with course tutors
Video archive – including our long-running Earth Talks series

research at dartington

We offer research degrees in partnership with University of Westminster CREAM. Our researchers have expertise in a wide range of topics including arts practice-led research; animism; medieval literature; modernism; story and myth; arts, design and ecology; ecology and spirituality; Goethean science; regenerative economics, farming and food; social work with adults and children; and social enterprise.


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We’re delighted to announce plans for a new postgraduate degree in Transformative Education which we intend to run in September this year, pending final approval from University of Plymouth our accrediting partner. For some time we’ve wanted to open up our distinctive learning model here at Schumacher College to train educators, teachers and curriculum designers in the principles of an ecological, head, heart and hands approach to learning. Now, drawing on the century of progressive education practiced here at Dartington and a range of alternative perspectives, from Scandinavian folk schools to First Nation and Sámi learning communities, we’re inviting you to come and learn this model for yourself. Now is the time for us to work together to create education systems better suited to meet our growing need for nature connection, regeneration of communities and places, and action to mitigate the climate emergency!
If this sounds of interest, we’d love to hear from you, either as a prospective student, or to give your thoughts on the development of the programme. The approval process is due to be finalised later this spring, and while we can’t accept applications until that point, you can register your interest by signing up for updates on our website.

#transformativeeducation #education #dartington #studentlife #lifelonglearning #headhearthands

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Apply now to join us in September! If you’re interested in joining our collaborative learning community this autumn and are looking for a bursary to support you through your studies, the first application deadline is this Friday, 24 March. Don't let your chance of getting an offer at Schumacher College pass you by!

This deadline applies to:

- Ecological Design Thinking
- Regenerative Economics

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Let us know if you need help with the application process or if you would like to discuss which of our many pathways is best for you. Get in touch at or contact us via our social channels.

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