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MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology

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MSc programme accredited by Liverpool John Moores University

Start date: September 2021. Length of study:  3 years
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Alef Trust - Les Lancaster - Director

Professor B. Les Lancaster

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Our online distance-learning MSc in ‘Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology’ provides you 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.

Our MSc programme is distinctive in valuing experiential approaches to learning and in encouraging our students to incorporate insights from the programme into their own life journeys. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, modules exploring integral life practice, transpersonal approaches to research, and a research dissertation focus on the practical application of learning.

The MSc programme consists of 180-course credits and most students complete the programme over three years, studying part-time. The programme is run entirely online, and it is validated by Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.

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The degree operates through our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Students wishing to gain a Postgraduate Certificate can enrol on the MSc route and complete their studies after gaining 60 credits in year 1.

Equally, students wishing to gain a Postgraduate Diploma can enrol on the MSc route and complete their studies after gaining 120 credits by the end of year 2.

The MSc is further enhanced by a partnership of the Alef Trust with the Scientific and Medical Network (SMN), UK, a worldwide professional community for open-minded, rigorous and evidence-based enquiry into themes bridging sciencespirituality and consciousness.

Students become members of the network for the duration of their studies and have access to the network’s newsletter and its unique audio-visual lecture archive featuring many inspiring presentations by new paradigm scientists and scholars. Students also receive discounts to some of the SMN’s live events held annually in the UK.

Curriculum

Year one

Year one

Core modules | 20 credits each

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Offers you a broad introduction to consciousness studies, cognitive neuroscience of consciousness, consciousness and spiritual traditions.

Find our more: Approaches to consciousness

An 8-month experiential immersion in a personal programme of integrative practice, with the aim to foster whole-person development.

Individual needs and aspirations are considered in the development of the practice plan, and critical engagement with the practices is encouraged through regular webinars and reflective sessions.

Find out more: Learning Through Integrative Practice

This module takes as its central focus issues surrounding spirituality and spiritual practice in the modern world.

Ancient as well as contemporary expressions of spirituality are examined through transpersonal and psychological lenses.

As a student, you will choose two specialist topics to explore as part of this module.

Specialist options | select two

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In this course, we examine the phenomenon of spiritual awakening outside the context of spiritual or religious traditions.

Find out more: Contemporary Spirituality

We explore how and why Homo Sapiens, are dependent on and participants in what we can today call the planetary and cosmic ecosystem.

Find our more: Transpersonal Ecopsychology

We examine and evaluate psychological insights found within the corpus of kabbalistic texts.

Find out more: Kabbalistic Psychology

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual tradition known to humankind and continues to be relevant to our contemporary world.

Find out more: Shamanistic Psychology

Taking a cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach, this course explores transpersonal and transformative qualities of the psychedelic experience, illuminating its meanings and implications for individuals and communities.

Find out more: Psychedelics and entheogens

We draw upon scientifically grounded theories and empirical findings around dreaming from a transpersonal perspective, as well as on related historical and spiritual traditions.

Find out more: Transpersonal Dreaming

Explore consciousness through spiritual technologies and artificial, digital technologies.

We consider the benefits and hazards of a hyper-connected culture which tries to navigate the complexities of psychic space, cyberspace and virtual reality in conjunction with physical and ecological reality.

Find out more: The Shamanic Spirit in 21st Century Art, Culture and Technology

Alef Trust learning community

Students are in tutor groups with a personal tutor, plus wellbeing support from Wellbeing Officer, academic support with Academic Learning Officer…

Each cohort elects a student rep, there are participatory student feedback circles… community events… a couple of paragraphs conveying that it’s more than just an academic programme.

Year two

Year two

Core modules | 20 credits each

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An introduction to the history and principles of transpersonal psychology, mapping the major contributions to the field.

You will examine the core epistemological and philosophical issues underlying a transpersonal approach to human psychology

Along with exploring major theoretical developments within, and closely related to, transpersonal psychology, and examine in greater detail several conceptual details within the field.

Find out more: Transpersonal Psychology

Our Research Design module provides a grounding in qualitative research methods.

Students venture into transpersonal approaches to research, offering you an introduction to methods which embrace embodied, intuitive and creative ways of expanding the human knowledge base.

Research Design allows students to work with these methods in a research project, tackling the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding transpersonal psychology methods.

Such as:

  • The centrality of transformation for both researcher and participants
  • Issues that arise when participants’ most meaningful experiences may be scrutinised
  • Issues where practices may be evaluated for efficacy, and ideas concerning changing paradigms in psychological science

Find out more: Research Design

Focus on the ways in which transpersonal, or spiritual, perspectives can be applied in practice, considering personal and professional pathways and ethics of transformation.

Students will be encouraged to explore their own practice in relation to two specialist topics.

Specialist options | select two

Explore the nature of creativity and its relationship to human development and growth.

Find out more: Creativity and Transformation

Explore the transformation of individual, transgenerational, and ecological trauma.

Drawing on clinical, transpersonal, indigenous and psychedelic-assisted healing approaches and research.

Find out more: Multidimensional Trauma & Transformation

Exploring the potential of how meditation and mindfulness-based approaches for improving well-being is increasingly being recognised.

Find out more: Meditation & Mindfulness

In this course we explore transpersonal approaches to counselling and therapy.

Find out more: Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy

This course explores the mind-body-spirit paradigm and its implications for an integrative and holistic approach to wellness and healthcare.

Find out more: Integrative Medicine

In this course we explore the potential of transpersonal approaches to coaching.

Find out more: Transpersonal Coaching Psychology

Year three

Year three

Research dissertation | 60 credits each

Students conduct a research project under supervision, exploring their own area of interest in depth.

We focus on a view of the person that emphasizes the interrelationships between the physiological, psychological, social and spiritual levels of explanation.

Our philosophical orientation holds that the pursuit of psychological knowledge is advanced by experiential and introspective approaches as well as by the more traditional scientific approaches.

In presenting a scholarly and multi-perspectival approach to the investigation of consciousness and the transpersonal, we adopt an open, non-ideological, and appropriately critical approach that acknowledges and respects individual differences of view, experience and belief.

Students are encouraged to complete the MSc Programme over three years.

MSc student story

Alef Trust - Dagmar Suissa

“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 a transformative impact on others.”

| Dagmar Suissa, MSc Alumna – Class of 2018

MSc Programme Registration

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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:

IELTS 6.5
TOEFL: PBT 580, CBT 233, IBT 90-91

There are two components to the fees payable: the application fee and the tuition fee.

1: The application fee of £100 must accompany your application which covers the costs associated with processing your application. The application fee is non-refundable so it is important that you check any specific entry requirements for the MSc programme. Applications submitted without a payment will be considered ‘incomplete’ and will not be processed further until a payment has been made. Applications remaining incomplete will be notified with a time frame to complete their application. Failure to complete the application within this time frame will result in the application being withdrawn.

2: The tuition fee covers all aspects of teaching and supervision, and obviously varies according to the amount you study.

All fees are given in GBP – Great Britain Pounds. 

Application fee: £100

Tuition fee: £3,800 per year – 3 years, payable in half-yearly instalments.

TOTAL: £11,400

Payment Plans are available to all students.

Apply For a Master’s Loan – UK/EU Nationals

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. Full details are available upon request through the contact form below.

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