University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD Lampeter and Carmarthen)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

Cultural Astronomy and Astrology

The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology 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.

We define Cultural Astronomy as the study of the application of beliefs about the stars to all aspects of human culture, from religion and science to the arts and literature. It includes the new discipline of archaeoastronomy: the study of astronomical alignments, orientation and symbolism in ancient and modern architecture. Astrology is the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth. We therefore examine the relationship between astrological, astronomical and cosmological beliefs and practices, and society, politics, religion and the arts, past and present.

The MA is a hybrid of history and anthropology. As historians we pay attention to documentary evidence but are heavily influenced by recent trends in anthropology; this means that modern western culture can be subjected to the same academic scrutiny as pre-modern or non-western cultures, and by questions such as the requirement for the scholar or researcher to engage in practice as part of their study of practice.

The course, quite simply, is unique. It is the only accredited university degree in the world to explore the human relationship with the sky through history and culture. We cover a wide range of material, from the ancient work to the present, and across cultures, and give students the chance to undertake individual research projects. All our teaching staff are experts in their fields and either have PhDs or are undertaking doctoral research. Course material is on the web and we teach using webinars - live video-conferencing sessions, and all seminars are recorded

We also offer this programme as a Postgraduate Certificate (students complete 60 taught credits) and a Postgraduate Diploma (students complete 120 taught credits)

Please visit our website or contact us for the most up-to-date list of modules available.
For the latest fee information please visit: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-fees/

Assessment methods

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Distance learning October 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning October 2017 - 2 years

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