MSc Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology
Part-time, fully online study. Available as 2- or 3-year programmes of study
Awarding University: Liverpool John Moores University
Online. Never Distant.
The Alef Trust is a non-profit Community Interest Company, which offers this MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology as part of its portfolio of postgraduate programmes. The MSc is an intellectually stimulating programme of study which focuses on diverse topics around the nature of consciousness, the dynamics between psyche and soma, the psychology of self and higher states of being, and the psychological basis of spiritual and mystical practices. The programme of study emphasises real-world applications of the ideas and principles you study. The MSc programme also fosters experiential approaches to learning and in encouraging students to incorporate insights from the programme into their own life journeys.
The MSc programme commences in September, comprises 180 course credits (90 ECTS or 36 US graduate credits) and can be completed over two or three years of part-time study. The programme runs entirely online, and is validated by Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.
Our approach to online education has been built through more than 15 years of experience and is distinctive in its student-centred approach. This participatory learning experience incorporates webinars, interactive discussions, small group activity, and one-to-one virtual tuition and guidance. The faculty are international experts in the topics on which they teach.
A vibrant learning community
Successful applicants will join a community of like-minded individuals from a wide diversity of countries, backgrounds, and professional roles. Our international learning community includes those just entering career paths as well as professionals in the areas of education and research, health-related fields such as counselling and therapy, human relations, social activism and other entrepreneurial initiatives. The common features are a readiness to learn and grow, to incorporate respect for sacred practice, and a desire to honour and heal our environments.
Community is at the heart of the Alef Trust’s vision. We aim to effectively empower those in our community—primarily through learning, but also by creating opportunities for students and alumni to launch projects that can advance their own communities, and by facilitating dissemination of research that explores the applications of transpersonal ways of knowing. You will join a community that includes not only fellow MSc students but also those on our Certificate programmes, Open Learners, and doctoral candidates.
A Learning Partnership
The MSc is further enhanced by a partnership between the Alef Trust and the Scientific and Medical Network (SMN), a worldwide professional community for open-minded, rigorous and evidence-based enquiry into themes bridging science, spirituality and consciousness.
As a student you are a member of the network for the duration of your studies and will have access to the Network’s newsletter and its unique audio-visual lecture archive featuring many inspiring presentations by new paradigm scientists and scholars. You will also receive discounts to some of the SMN’s live events held annually in the UK.
Transpersonal values and practices are increasingly recognised for the enrichment they can bring in all areas of our societies. Accordingly, alumni of the MSc have moved forwards in a broad range of career paths, including:
·Therapeutic, counselling and coaching professions
·Criminal justice / Law Enforcement
·Health and medicine
·Primary and secondary education
·Entertainment and the arts
·Leadership and management
Our MSc programme is distinctive in valuing experiential approaches to learning and in encouraging students to incorporate insights from the programme into their unique life journeys. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, modules explore integral life practice and transpersonal approaches to research.
Year One - Core modules | 20 credits each
1. Approaches to Consciousness
2. Learning Through Integrative Practice
3. Spiritual psychology, in which two options are studies from:
· Contemporary Spirituality
· Transpersonal Ecopsychology
· Kabbalistic Psychology
· Shamanistic Psychology
· Psychedelics and entheogens
· Transpersonal Dreaming
· The Shamanic Spirit in 21st Century Art, Culture and Technology
Year Two - Core modules | 20 credits each
1. Transpersonal Psychology
2. Research Design
3. Applied Transformative Psychology, in which two options are studies from:
· Creativity and Transformation
· Multidimensional Trauma & Transformation
· Meditation & Mindfulness
· Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy
· Integrative Medicine
· Transpersonal Coaching Psychology
Year Three – Core module| 60 credits
1. Research dissertation
“I find the course a hugely positive experience: the academics; the community; the resources. It’s been eye-opening. I work full time as well. There is flexibility around the time that I do things. Everyone is hugely supportive, and very respectful and responsive to any questions I sent in emails.”
Sue Bradley(United Kingdom)
“The web based nature of the course enabled me to easily attend lectures, tutorials and presentations which fitted in well around work. In my circumstances I wouldn’t have been able to attend a university based course. It also meant I could study in my own time and around my other commitments. My fellow students are based all around the world and the different backgrounds, perspectives and interests make for a stimulating and enriching mix. Although this is a web-based course I have made some good friends, which is very rewarding. There is a growing community that you can share thoughts and ideas with, when many ‘regular’ people can think you are crazy! The staff are knowledgeable and so generous with their time, and their sharing of their knowledge and experience is very, very helpful. They are leaders in the field who have been very involved in their subjects for many years. I would not have access to them in an institution-based programme, except through their writings. On this course, you meet them ‘face to face’ and that is exciting!”
Nona Mileva(United States)
“The Master’s programme is intellectually stimulating. I find the curriculum of the programme is recharging me. I come home from a long day at work, and then there are parenting responsibilities, home responsibilities and I feel exhausted. But when I immerse myself in the materials of this course, it feels very invigorating to me. I enjoy communicating with like-minded people, and I think that is huge bonus that we belong to such a great community. I also like that there is quick feedback with our mentors and supervisors. This is a wonderful programme with solid accreditation, created by brilliant scholars. The staff put their hearts into it, and nothing is as important as this.”
Dagmar Suissa(Czech Republic)
“This was a truly transformational journey. The course has given me a lot of knowledge, particularly in the domain of individual and collective transformation, which is one of my key interests. However, my most cherished gain is my own transformed self. I have a more expanded understanding of myself, I feel more authentic, more compassionate and more connected to others. I now apply what I have learned through the courses I teach at university as well as through transformational work in organisations. Yet it is not just the knowledge that I apply, I also apply “myself”. My own transformative experience serves as a catalyst and has transformative impact on others.”
The minimum requirement is normally an undergraduate degree at class 2.2 honours in the case of UK awards or an equivalent level if a non-UK degree. Examples of equivalents include USA Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 or a Graduate Record Examination score of at least 550. Degrees in subjects other than Psychology may be accepted provided the candidate can show a suitable level and relevance of background knowledge and competence. In particular, applicants for the MSc programmes require a sufficient educational background and experience in order to successfully complete graduate-level research methods and a dissertation.
Candidates without an undergraduate or graduate degree may be considered, subject to their demonstration of professional qualifications and/or experience to a level and relevance which is deemed appropriate for admission to the programme. Such applicants may also be asked to submit a 1500 word essay, the title of which will be negotiated with the Programme Director. Candidates will also be required to have basic technology skills, equipment and the capacity for self-directed learning to ensure successful participation in the online programmes.
English Proficiency: For students whose first language is not English, proficiency in English is required up to the following tested standards:
TOEFL: PBT 580, CBT 233, IBT 90-91
Scholarships: A small number of partial scholarships are available for students wishing to join the Master’s programme. The scholarships are available only to those applying for and offered a placement in the Master’s programme. The scholarships are not available for the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Payment of the scholarship in the second year will be dependent on satisfactory performance in the first year of studies.