MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology

Accredited by Liverpool John Moores University
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Key Information

Start16 September 2024
Duration3 years (part time)
Format100% online
Degree Accreditation Collaborative partnership with Liverpool John Moores University
Entry RequirementsView full entry requirements
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ContactNicholas Theo, Programme Manager
Degree accreditation

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.

LJMU Programme Specification.

A learning partnership

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 inquiry into themes which bridge science, spirituality 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.

Overview

Kendra Ford, PhD 
Academic Programme Leader

Integrative Learning

Develop critical thinking, writing and research skills while focusing on diverse topics related to the nature of consciousness, the psychology of self and higher states of being, and the psychological basis of spiritual and mystical practices.

Transformative & Applied Education

Engage in a rigorous curriculum fostering Master’s level proficiency and personal growth through embodied practices, transpersonal research methods, and practical applications via ongoing projects.

Flexible Online Format

Study part-time and earn 180-course credits over three years, with full online access, validated by Liverpool John Moores University.

Join a Vibrant Community

Community is at the heart of the Alef Trust. Students all have their own personal and unique experience on this course, and they are also part of something greater. Join a diverse and supportive global community with access to guest lectures, webinars, and community events.

Explore your Interests

Conduct a research dissertation on an area of personal interest, as you investigate contributing original insights and advancing the fields of consciousness, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology.
Entry Requirements
STANDARD REQUIREMENT

This is normally an undergraduate degree at class 2.2 honours (UK) or equivalent level. E.g. USA GPA 3.0 or GRE 550. 

Degrees in subjects other than psychology may be accepted.

IT SETUP
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Access to a computer with a standard suite of software or online programmes that enable you to write essays and reports (e.g., PDF reader; MS Office or similar for word documents and spreadsheets).
  • Headset with a microphone for live webinar participation

In addition, you will need to be proficient in using modern IT systems, able to produce slides for live presentations, design visuals for your course work (e.g., participant recruitment poster, research poster, etc.), undertake online literature searches, and use Office software either on your computer or online to produce written coursework

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

CANDIDATES WITHOUT AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

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 Leader. 

Candidates will also be required to engage with the Alef onboarding APA and academic writing course prior to commencement of study, have the essential technological skills, IT equipment, and the capacity for self-directed learning to ensure successful participation in this online programme.

Fees and Funding

STUDENT LOANS
At the time of writing, student loans are available to eligible students through Student Finance England and Wales. Details about your eligibility for a student loan can be found on the Student Finance website. Students resident in Scotland may be eligible—see the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

EMPLOYER FUNDING

Regarding funding, this is a conversation to have with your employer. We have had students in the past, coming from private and public sector organisations in the UK like the NHS and the police, whose managers have agreed to cover fees, since the programme was viewed as appropriate staff development.

MSC PROGRAMME TUITION & FEES

1: APPLICATION FEE
£100 (paid upon submission of application)

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

Tuition fee: £4,100 per year – 3 years, payable in half-yearly instalments.

TOTAL: £12,300

A £500 deposit is required on acceptance into the MSc programme. This will be deducted from your first half-yearly instalment.

Payment Plans are available to all students.
All fees are payable to Alef Trust.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of partial scholarships is available for students who have submitted a full application and have been offered a place on the course prior to June 30. Scholarships are available only to those who can demonstrate real financial need.

Competition for the scholarships is intense, and acceptance on the programme is not a guarantee of securing a scholarship

Community

Community is at the heart of the Alef Trust. Students all have their own personal and unique experience on this course, yet are also part of something greater. Our ethos at the Alef Trust is to co-create a healthy microcosm to inform the macrocosm. 

By joining the Master’s programme, you will be welcomed into our wider community, which also includes students on our Certificate courses, Open Learners and a growing body of alumni. In addition to our main online learning platform where coursework happens, our online community platform is where you will have access to short lectures, guest webinars, the larger Alef community and various events hosted by the Alef Trust.

Alef Student Experience
Meet the Alef Trust Faculty
Conscious Community Initiative
MSc Research Journal

Alumni & Careers

"How I Combined the MSc with a Demanding Job." — Odry
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"My MSc Student's Experience." — Adi
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STUDENT PATHWAYS

FAQ

Your frequently asked questions about the Alef Trust MSc​
Is this programme for me?

This programme attracts people from many walks of life with a diverse set of interests. We have students from 40+ countries who work in education, health, counselling and psychotherapies, the arts, sustainability and international development, coaching and leadership development, human resources, nature conservation, social justice to name a few. Many people who join the programme tend to have established careers and spiritual practices, and they are seeking ways to expand and deepen the spiritual, transpersonal and holistic dimensions of their work in the world. We have students who are in their mid-twenties as well as those who are in their mid-seventies! The intergenerational aspect of our programme is a wonderful feature in the peer-learning process – we all learn from those who come with perspectives that differ from our own. This programme will serve you well if you:

  • Are ready to examine your personal mindset and beliefs about the nature of consciousness, the human psyche, and spirituality.
  • Want to explore how you can bring transpersonal frameworks and perspectives into your work.
  • Explore how transpersonal principles may be applied in order to effect positive change in our lives and world
  • Want to improve academic writing and research skills.
  • Find an informed, effective, and accessible language to communicate the values of transpersonal perspectives with confidence. Even with people who may not share this vision.
  • Are keen to work in embodied and experiential, as well as in intellectual ways.
  • Are ready to study with a wide range of people of different ages and different cultural and social backgrounds, accommodating their views and are prepared to collaborate with them in some assignments.
  • Are willing to be flexible with your availability to make the most of the live events held throughout the programme.
  • Are keen to commit to a depth inquiry which will be both inspiring and challenging , and may potentially lead to a ‘new you’!
  • Enjoy being a co-creative member of a learning community engaged in shared inquiry
Why is it an MSc and not an MA programme?

It is an MSc programme because it is grounded in contemporary scientific empirical approaches and research methodologies, as well as embracing embodied approaches.

The literature across the programme draws on scientific approaches to the topics studied.

In addition, the research dissertation in your final year requires you to collect data using an appropriate methodology; your research cannot be purely abstract or theoretical (i.e., non-empirical) as it would be in the case of an MA.

The MSc is a part-time programme normally studied over three years, and you can plan to spend at least 15-25 hours on your studies each week. If you opt for the two-year programme (for which you must have a BA/BSc in psychology), you would commit at least 25-25 hours per week.

We are on a semester system so there is a:

Three-week winter break in Dec/Jan
Two-week spring break in March/April
Summer break from mid-June to late September

HOW WILL MY STUDIES ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS & PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES?

Whilst the CSTP programme is not primarily vocational, there is growing recognition in a broad range of careers related to the topics we teach. In additon, the kinds of embodied and spiritual practices to which you are introduced, have considerable relevance and applicability to various fields of study and work.

Many of our students in careers such as health, the police, and human resources have been sponsored by their employers, for this reason.

The majority of our students are already on career paths, and we encourage you to explore how your learning, and the opportunities our programme offers, can impact and enrich your work.

Thus, for example, the range of practices you select for the Learning Through Integrative Practice module could reflect the niche you occupy in your work.

In the module Applied Transformative Psychology where you plan a potential project, to bringi transpersonal principles into the world, you can consider how to apply your learning directly in your field of work.

Lastly, the Research Dissertation module offers you the opportunity to research an area of your choice, and many students choose a facet of their working environment to be the focus.

In these ways, you can enhance your status, knowledge, and opportunities in your career.

For those not yet embarked on a career, or perhaps looking to change their direction, you can similarly make choices during the programme to emphasise the relevant skills you will bring to your unfolding career orientation.

In our experience, it is crucial that you take the initiative. We will always support you during the time that you study with us in maximising the applicability of your learning. But it is very much down to you to demonstrate e.g., on applications, in interviews)the value of this qualification in CSTP in the given situation.

Employers are increasingly looking for those who bring holistic skills and knowledge of the leading edge of cultural change. These are central aspects in this programme; and we support you in building your confidence in demonstrating these skills and the ways in which they will impact positively in the given career situation.

Who issues the MSc Award?

Upon successful completion of the MSc programme, Liverpool John Moores University will issue your award.

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Alef Trust hosts an annual graduation ceremony for MSc and PhD students. This graduation takes place in mid-December and is held online to enable all students from around the world to attend. LJMU does not host an in-person ceremony for Alef Trust students.

Any further questions?

Please contact Nicholas Theo via our CONTACT FORM for any further information. If you would welcome a conversation, he will be happy to schedule a time to speak with you by Zoom or WhatsApp.

Does this MSc confer accreditation to practice as a psychotherapist?

The MSc in CSTP has not been designed as a vocational programme, but rather fills an increasingly recognised need of focusing on the research that informs the leading edge of the topics in the curriculum.

Students choose our MSc because they have specific academic and professional interests in the topics on which we specialise.

Those already registered as counsellors or psychotherapists have found their learning on this programme to have greatly enriched their professional practice.

Those not yet trained in these areas have found their learning with us has helped them in formulating their paths into counselling and psychotherapy.

Visual Map of the MSc PROGRAMME

Orientation
7503ALEFTP Learning Through Integrative Practice (20 Credits)
7501ALEFTP Approaches to Consciousness (20 Credits)
7502ALEFTP Spiritual Psychology (20 Credits)
+ Two Specialist Options
7504ALEFTP Transpersonal psychology (20 Credits)
7506ALEFTP Research Design (20 Credits)
7505ALEFTP Applied Transformative Psychology (20 Credits) + Two Specialist Options
7500ALEFTP Research Dissertation (60 Credits)

Visual Map of the MSc PROGRAMME

Year 1
Orientation
7503ALEFTP Learning Through Integrative Practice (20 Credits)
7501ALEFTP Approaches to Consciousness (20 Credits)
7502ALEFTP Spiritual Psychology (20 Credits)
Year 2
7504ALEFTP Transpersonal psychology (20 Credits)
7506ALEFTP Research Design (20 Credits)
7505ALEFTP Applied Transformative Psychology (20 Credits)
Year 3
7503ALEFTP Learning Through Integrative Practice (20 Credits)
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