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Cultural Astronomy and Astrology - MA/PGDip/PGCert

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts

Full time & Part time See Course PgDip, MA, PgCert 2 years full time, 4 years part time

About the course

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.

Course Overview

The MA focuses on Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. 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

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Entry 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. Applicants with a good first degree in another discipline and/or substantial relevant background experience and evidence of relevant study will also be considered following suitable discussion with the Programme Coordinator.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Caroline Denby

“I've always wanted to do my MA, but life and finances always seemed to get in the way. When I saw this MA, I knew it was a programme I needed to do and it seemed like the right time to take part. I also had experienced some major changes in myself and in my life that motivated me to review the dreams that I have always had and make them a reality… The course content fascinates me and the format (online) works for me. I love the subject matter and it relates to my previous experience both academically and experientially. I am looking for 'deep' answers to questions and this course provides me with direction in answering those questions…

“Overall, I am happy with the course as a whole so it's difficult to choose just one thing that is best. I think this course is unique and innovative and gives me an opportunity to study ideas that may seem to rest outside the Academy… I chose to study with UWTSD because the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology really appealed to me. (Also, I really love Wales even though I'm not really there... hopefully doing the MA will give me a good reason and opportunity to visit in person!)” - Caroline Denby, MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (online), Ontario, Canada


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