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Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology

Postgraduate Certificate (Hochschulzertifikat) leading to Masters

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  • Are you interested in holistic growing and wider social innovation around food production?
  • Are you engaged in a permaculture, biodynamics, organics, urban agriculture or other sustainable agricultural initiative or do you wish you were?
  • Could you help to grow a network of researchers working across a range of holistic approaches?

With this blended learning postgraduate course you study from home and in community with others

This course enables you to:

  • Develop an understanding of holistic approaches to the study of science, agriculture and agroecology
  • Broaden your understanding of theory and practical application of agroecological initiatives
  • Deepen your work in an area of your choice (such as biodynamics, permaculture, organics, urban agriculture etc.)
  • Network and learn with others who share an interest in the future of our planet
  • Carry out research in your own locale
  • Communicate your findings widely
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Degree


The Postgraduate Diploma: Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology can be studied part-time over two years and, upon successful completion, you can top-up to a Masters in one further part-time year.

Next student start date is October 2016

Interested applicants are advised to apply early.

The programme is validated through the Crossfields Institute – Alanus University Partnership and certified by the Alanus University Institute for Philosophy and Aesthetics in accordance with the UK FHEQ and FQ-EHEA.

Course content and delivery

The course modules include:

  • Holistic Science
  • Research Methods
  • Research Design
  • Sustainable Practice 1 and 2
  • Communicating Holistic Approaches
  • Consciousness studies
  • Ethics

Delivery takes place on our Virtual Learning Environment, through webinars and online classroom sessions, through one-to-one sessions with a member of faculty.

One week intensives are offered once each year for a gathering of all enrolled students. Regional meetings for additional lectures and support are possible by arrangement. Possible locations for intensives include: Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire, UK; Emerson College in East Sussex, UK; the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland; and The Institute for Mindful Agriculture, Ghent. New York. The intensives are where you visit farms and other initiatives and take part in an exciting programme of workshops and talks from international speakers.

You will be supported on your journey to becoming a researcher by experienced academics and practitioners.

Course Aims:

  1. To broaden students’ understanding of different holistic approaches to sustainable food production systems in a local and global context.
  2. To challenge students to become flexible, intuitive and independent in their enquiry, not only in how they do things but also in what and why they do things, and to address the role of ethics in research and in global food systems.
  3. To develop graduates with the knowledge, confidence and skills to critically interrogate the results of research into sustainable agriculture and food production, and to design and carry out their own research using theoretical and reflective frameworks appropriate for a holistic view of nature and the human being.
  4. To develop graduates who can communicate their own research findings, the ideas underpinning holistic land-based practices, and the benefits of sustainable approaches to a range of stakeholders and other audiences.
  5. To grow and support a developing community of practice who will develop new practices and new ways of thinking in agriculture and food production, generate new findings, share evidence-based best practice, and support new sustainability initiatives.


Course Leadership:

Dr Isis Brook, Director of Crossfields Institute International
Jonathan Code, Deputy Director and Lecturer

For more information contact:

Jane Tyler, Faculty Administration Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 (0) 1453 808118
Web: www.crossfieldsinstitute.com