Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, M.A. | Online | The University of Wales Trinity Saint David | United Kingdom
24 months
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About

Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (MA) at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a unique course which deals with the ways in which human beings attribute meaning to the planets, stars and sky, and construct cosmologies which provide the basis for culture and society.

Overview

The Cultural Astronomy and Astrology programme at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David draws on different disciplines from the Humanities in order to gain as full a view as possible of the entire subject. Through history, we look to the past, and through anthropology, we study the present. We also draw on archaeology, sociology, philosophy and the study of religions.

The words astronomy and astrology have distinct meanings in the modern world. Astronomy is the scientific study of the physical universe. Astrology is the practice of relating heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth. The split between astronomy and astrology is a feature of modern western thought.

Cultural Astronomy is the study of the application of beliefs about the stars to all aspects of human culture. It includes the new discipline of archaeoastronomy: studying astronomical alignments, orientation and symbolism in ancient and modern architecture. Astrology also exists in some form in most cultures.

In the MA we examine the relationship between astrological, astronomical and cosmological beliefs and practices, and society, politics, religion and the arts, past and present. 

What you will learn

  • The cultural consequences and expressions of astronomy, astrology and cosmology
  • Collect data on what people believe about the stars right now
  • Explore the history of astrology
  • Examine the use of the sky, stars and planets in religion
  • Investigate ideas about the relationship between soul, psyche and psychology and the cosmos
  • Research ancient practices of magic and divination
  • Keep a journal of your own sky observations.
  • Look at how the sky and stars are represented in the arts, literature and film.
  • Learn how to measure and interpret celestial alignments at archaeological sites

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Foundations in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
  • Researching Contemporary Cosmologies
  • History of Astrology
  • Sky and Psyche
  • Sacred Geography
  • Cosmology, Magic and Divination
  • Sacred Skies

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal entry qualification is a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent in UK grading) in an appropriate arts/humanities/social sciences area including History, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Theology and/or Religious Studies.
  • If you have a good first degree - a BA or BSc - in another discipline and/or substantial relevant background experience and evidence of relevant study then discuss this with the Programme Director. 
  • If you have a 2:2 degree (in UK grading), then we may advise you to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma, and you can then progress to the MA after successful completion of the six taught modules. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    3750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Funding

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