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Applicant information

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If you’re thinking about applying for one of our postgraduate programmes, or want to learn more about the support on offer, this page is a great place to start.

Please make sure you check the individual course pages for extra information about each course before applying.

If the information below doesn’t provide the answers you’re looking for, we advise you to check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

How To Apply

For all application information, please visit the individual course pages. Each page contains an application for and supporting documentation relevant to that course.

Term Dates

Please visit the individual course pages. Each page contains term dates and taught dates, which vary from course to course.

International Students and Language Requirements

Information for international students applying for a low-residency master's programme

Do you need a visa to study in the UK?

https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

If you are an applicant from the EU

EU applicants should check government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/studying-in-the-uk-guidance-for-eu-students

Information about Short Term Study Visas (PG Certificate Courses)

If you are studying for a course of 6 months or less you may be able to apply for a Short Term Study visa. For further information see - https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa

It is important to note that a Short Term Study Visa cannot be extended. UKVI rules mean that it would not be possible to return to the UK to complete a further period of postgraduate study with Schumacher College.  If you are considering a PG Diploma or our Masters programmes you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa

If you are an international applicant needing a General student visa (Tier 4)

If you are an international applicant needing a Tier 4 visa, you must enroll as a full-time student. UK government regulations mean that we are currently unable to enroll part-time international students.

If you are unsure whether you will need a Tier 4 visa, you can check here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Language Requirements

Schumacher College requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language before they begin their proposed course of study. Students must be able to converse and write fluently in English. Below you can find what your language requirements are.

Do you have a UK Passport or are from the UK?

All students from the UK should hold at a minimum a GCSE English Language qualification at Grade C or above.

Do you hold an EU Passport?

EU. students who do not require a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK should have the following:

IELTS Academic (B2 level) achieving 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Or
Pearson Test of English (Academic) achieving 62, with no less than 46 in each section.

Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
Students who do not require a visa to study in the UK and are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification. Please email postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk to confirm if this exception relates to you.

Do you live outside of the EU?

To meet requirements for a Tier 4 visa to study at Schumacher College, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre .

The entry standards are as follows:
You need to achieve a 6.5 overall with a minimum of a 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This is equivalent to a B2 level.

You can find detailed information about Tier 4 visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
There are few exceptions. To check if any apply to you, please check the up-to-date information provided by the Home Office here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english . If you believe you are exempt, contact us at postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk

Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test?
To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi/book-ielts-ukvi

How long is my test certificate valid for?
Test results are valid for 2 years.

When should I book my test?
Book a test as soon as you make an application to Schumacher College. UKVI IELTS test sites can become very busy and it may be difficult to find a convenient date and location.


See our frequently asked questions for more information

Programme Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Our Fees

The College has two tuition fee tariffs that distinguish between students who need a student visa and are sponsored by us under Tier 4 and students who do not need a visa. Students requiring Tier 4 visas are generally from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) area. The higher fees reflect the additional costs to the College arising from the statutory terms of Tier 4 sponsorship, put in place by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

For information on available scholarships, bursaries and other assistance, please click here.

2020 - July 21*

Qualification type

UK

EU

International

MA/MSc

Full Time: £8,000
Part Time (2 years): £4,500/year

Full Time: £8,000

Full Time: £15,000

PG Diploma

Full Time: £5,800
Part Time (2 years): £3,400/year

Full Time: £5,800

Full Time: £10,000

PG Certificate

Full Time: £3,200

Full Time: £3,200

Full Time: £5,000

*Please note that the Movement, Mind and Ecology (MA, PGDip, PGCert) starts in June 2021 and is therefore subject to 2020-21 fees.

August 2021 - 2022

Qualification type

UK

International

MA/MSc

Full Time: £8,000
Part Time (2 years): £4,500/year

Full Time: £15,000

PG Diploma

Full Time: £5,800
Part Time (2 years): £3,400/year

Full Time: £10,000

PG Certificate

Full Time: £3,200

Full Time: £5,000


Some programmes have additional programme-specific fees and costs. See programme details.

Deposits

2020 - July 21
Tier 4 students - £1,000
UK and EU students - £750

August 2021 - 2022
International students - £1,000
UK students - £750

Deposits are payable two weeks after acceptance of offer letters.

Student accommodation and food

Applying for student accommodation

Schumacher College offers simple private bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities located across the Dartington Estate.
You can live on the Dartington campus, set in a unique 1,200 acre estate with cafes and restaurants, beautiful Grade II listed gardens, trails and deer park, an independent barn cinema, shops and walking, running and biking trails just minutes from the River Dart. We’ll do our best to place you in your preferred room type, but we cannot guarantee this.

If you have a disability or medical condition, let us know and we'll consider your needs when we look at accommodation applications.

Our student accommodation cost is £299/week and includes:

  • A private, single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities
  • Weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Bed-linen and towels
  • Laundry facilities

Blocks of residencies are located at:

The Old Postern : Student accommodation shared across three accommodation blocks
Higher Close : Student accommodation shared across three accommodation blocks. This is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 - 10 minute cycle ride from the Old Postern with panoramic views of the Dartington Estate. 

Our Food

The diet at the College is entirely vegetarian. We are proud that 50% of the food we eat is grown within our three-and-a-half acre grounds and if we don't grow it ourselves, most of the food we bring in is from South Devon. All meals are prepared by in-house chefs and members of the College community including postgraduate students. 

For students who wish to live off-site, food-only options are £169/week. 

ENQIRIES AND APPLICATIONS:
postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk
+44 (0) 1803 847236

Disability and Learning Support

We value diversity and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity at Schumacher College. We aim to provide student support services which embrace difference and support all students along their learning journey.

Some people may have additional needs or a disability that requires extra support in order to allow them to fully take part in the learning community, for example:

  • dyslexia 
  • specific learning difficulties
  • mental health difficulties
  • a long term health condition
  • hearing or visual impairment

If you're a prospective or current student and you have a disability or learning support need, we're here to help.

What do I do next?

Please download and complete a Disclosure Form and send it to the College as soon as possible.

The purpose of your disclosure is to enable us to understand your disability or learning needs and see how we may be able to meet them if you are offered a place on the course.

The earlier this conversation occurs the better; this allows both you and the College to reflect on what reasonable adjustments are possible and if there are any support requirements you may need to consider organising independently.

Please note: disclosing challenges to your learning will not affect your application and disclosures will be handled independently.

If you have concerns about disclosure

If you have any concerns about disclosure you are encouraged to discuss this with the Postgraduate Admissions team at Schumacher College
Email: postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 847212
College administration opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Students on a programme accredited by Plymouth University may also contact Student Support at Plymouth University  (Contact details). Please mention you are applying to Schumacher College so that they can advise you correctly.  
Web: Plymouth University
e-mail:  studentservices@plymouth.ac.uk
telephone: +44 1752 587676
University opening times: Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30 to 16:30

Policies

This page details policies, procedures and regulations in relation to Postgraduate Programmes at Schumacher College.

We are currently updating all of our Policies for the 2020/2021 programmes.

Admissions

Fees

Student Contract

2020 Student Contract (PDF Document)

Student Contract

2020 Student Contract (PDF Document)

Quality Assurance Agency Report

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is an independent body ​entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards​ and quality in UK higher education. It is dedicated to checking that the three million students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education ​experience they are entitled to expect.​​​

Schumacher College has undergone a review in December 2018 for educational oversight visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report, which is available in full on their website.

  • The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) is the body of educational oversight for Schumacher College and Dartington Learning Executive. It is an impartial body, the role of which is to assess the quality of higher education provision in UK institutions.
  • QAA carried out a full review of Schumacher College's provision in 2017, with an Action Plan being compiled on the basis of this. An Annual Monitoring Report on progress with the Action Plan is prepared by the College and this is followed up by QAA making an Annual Monitoring visit.
  • The QAA issues a brief Annual Monitoring Report, accompanied with a letter confirming it's assessment of progress with the Action Plan. The outcome of the 2018 visit, as noted in the letter, is that the College is making acceptable progress with its Action Plan. verdict represents a good outcome for the College.  
  • QAA may carry out another annual monitoring visit in late 2019.

Click here to read the College's 2017 review report in full.

Report published March 2017

The following Action Plan was published in response to the above report.

Quality Assurance Agency Action Plan 

College’s 2017 Action Plan (Download PDF)

16th November 2017:  QAA educational oversight visit 
Schumacher College has undergone a review for educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:
www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10026767

Monitoring visit report published: 5th January 2018.

Handbooks

We are currently updating all of our Programme Handbooks for Ecological Design Thinking, Regenerative Economics and Holistic Science for 2020-2021. There will be changes in the handbooks for the 2020/21 courses from the handbooks in this archive.

Handbooks For MA Ecological Design Thinking

Programme Module Guides Programme Quality Handbook General Student Handbook

SCH5443
SCH5444
SCH5445
SCH5446
SCH5447
SCH5448

 

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived hanbook

Handbooks For MA Economics For Transition

Programme Module Guides Programme Quality Handbook General Student Handbook

SCH504
SCH509
SCH510
SCH511
SCH5409
SCH5413

 

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

2019 - 2020 current handbook
2018 - 2019 archived handbook

Handbooks For MSc Holistic Science

Programme Quality Handbook Teaching, Learning and Assessment Handbook General Student Handbook

 

2018 - 2019 archived handbook
 

 

2018 - 2019 archived handbook
 

 

2018 - 2019 archived handbook