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Schumacher College

Schumacher College brings together leading thinkers, activists and practitioners internationally, to deliver a unique brand of small group postgraduate learning experiences. With a focus on interactive, experiential and participatory learning, Schumacher College offers the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.


The College was founded by the Dartington Hall Trust led by the vision of Satish Kumar and others in 1991 as a radical experiment in holistic, experiential education. If you come to Schumacher College for a postgraduate programme, short course or vocational training, you will be part of our international learning community in the beautiful surrounds of South Devon, on the Dartington Hall Estate.


The College has over the last 25 years developed a distinctively transformative educational model. With a focus on interactive, experiential and participatory learning, the College offers the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st century. This involves providing stimulation for ‘head, heart and hands’, giving students the opportunity to engage in many activities in addition to participating in classroom sessions – gardening, cooking, cleaning, washing up, as well as artistic and creative activities. Our experience with this model of holistic education is that students tend to dive deeper, experience a more profound transformation.

Student services

Postgraduate Quality Coordinator: leads the postgraduate administration team and works to strengthen management of our quality assurance processes, to support the postgraduate faculty in programme operations, and to integrate postgraduate students with the quality cycles of the University and College. The Postgraduate Quality Coordinator works closely with the Postgraduate Teaching Support Volunteer, Postgraduate Administrative staff, students and the faculty, to support your student experience, coordinating and enhancing our Quality Assurance work.

Postgraduate Administrator: handles all course enquiries and admissions, as well as providing administrative support to students enrolled on Masters Programmes.

Housing services

An important part of studying at Schumacher College is our philosophy of “Learning by Doing” within the College community. To fully engage with the College experience, we recommend students live on-site for the duration of Term 1 and Term 2 however, it is not mandatory. Living on-site allows students to immerse themselves fully in this important period of study and opens up opportunities for close collaborations and networking within peer groups and visitors to the College.

For students who choose to live off-site we will do our best to support you in your choice. It is the expectation of the College that if you choose to be non-residential you will commute to the College daily during the taught weeks.

Library services

The College provides resources that you need to successfully complete your studies. You will be introduced to these resources during your first few days at the College. You will also be inducted in how to borrow books, access online materials, use systems and obtain the necessary resources to assist you with your studies.

ICT services

There are various computers in classrooms for students to use when their own is not to hand, or when printing. Support is available at the College to connect personal computers to our network.The Postgraduate Ecological Design Thinking studio incorporates two Apple Mac computers and a large format printer.Students have access to the throughout most areas of the College, as well as Dartington Hall.

Medical services

There is no Medical Centre, but there are trained First Aiders on campus.

Campus life

The main College building (The Old Postern) includes accommodation blocks, teaching rooms, the main library and a separate building where the Ecological Design Studio and bespoke library is housed. Further accommodation, a further library and study spaces is available at Dartington Hall, approximately 20minutes walk from the main campus. The College is close to the village of Dartington which has s petrol station, post office and small village shop, as well as the Dartington Hall Trust shops which incorporate two cafes and various gift and homeware shops. The main town is Totnes which has a supermarket and leisure centre and many other shops.

Sports facilities

Residential Students can enjoy year-round access to squash courts located in the Higher Close complex at Dartington Hall and can enjoy the free use of an outdoor swimming pool during the summer months.

There is also a public leisure centre with swimming pool in the local town of Totnes.

Student clubs

Within the Dartington complex there are facilities and cultural activities including the Barn Cinema, Space, The Roundhouse Café, and the White Hart Bar and Restaurant - adjacent to the magnificent medieval Great Hall, where many artistic performances take place throughout the year.

The MSc Holistic Science, MA Economics for Transition and MA Ecological Design Thinking programmes are validated by Plymouth University.They are accredited at FHEQ Level 7 (the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and is worth 180 Masters credits; equivalent to 90 ECTS.

Totnes, England, United Kingdom

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