Dartington Trust

PgDip Regenerative Economics

It is precisely at this time of global upheaval that we want you to come to Dartington Trust to share with us the ways in which you are moved to live and act differently. With a focus on interactive, experiential and participatory learning, Dartington Trust offers the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century bringing together the leading thinkers, activists and practitioners internationally, to deliver a unique brand of small group learning experiences. Dartington Trust has an enviable reputation for cutting-edge learning. 

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Ecology and Economy (SCH517)

      This module identifies the roots of today’s converging crises in currently dominant worldviews, norms, institutions and behaviours. It then explores ecological design principles emerging from holistic science and enquires into their relevance or transferability to the socio-economic domain. Students are encouraged to develop personal & group inquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature. 

    • Beyond Growth (SCH518)

      This module explores what we can learn from natural system design to inform the design of social and economic systems fit for the needs and purposes of the 21st century. A particular focus is directed towards the centrality of economic growth in currently dominant narratives and economic policy-making. We explore the degree to which growth is possible, desirable and necessary and explore ways in which we could create steady-state or degrowth economies. Students are given the opportunity to co-create transitional scenarios for a sustainable future at various scales and in diverse contexts. 

    • Regenerative Enterprise (SCH519)

      How are we going to make the transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies from the bottom up? This module explores various tools for local economic activism and empowerment and provides students with the opportunity to apply these in real-world contexts collaboratively in projects of their choice. The experience of case studies that throw light on local economic empowerment from around the globe is studied and analysed. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Changing the Frame (SCH520)

      This module examines the importance of the use of language, narratives and framing in communicating messages relating to sustainability and new economics, drawing on recent findings to emerge from disciplines including neurolinguistics and psychology. The module provides the students with an opportunity to explore both the policy implications of shift in guiding societal narratives as well as their own internal frames and how these influence their own personal and professional practice. Students work collaboratively in creating communication strategies and projects aimed at catalysing the transition to a high-wellbeing, low-carbon society. 

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements


A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.


Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Dartington Trust

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Dartington Trust

Study with some of the biggest international names in social, economic and ecological thinking for the 21st century. Experience our radical blend of traditional and reflective learning in a communal living and working environment.
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