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Harmony and Sustainability: Theory & Practice (MA)


What will I learn?

The concept of Harmony was developed in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World (2010) by the University’s patron, the Prince of Wales. The concept takes a holistic view of nature as a foundation for sustainability and sustainable communities.

The programme will add a distinctive element to sustainability and sustainable communities by responding to legislation and policy: for example, the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015).

This degree will be of interest to individuals, both professionals and recent graduates, who wish to gain a wider theoretical perspective and practical context for work in sustainability and sustainable communities.

The blended and online learning features of this programme allows for flexible study in line with the principles of Harmony and Sustainability by reducing travelling and CO2 emissions. For students who wish to attend face-to-face or through blended learning, this will be accommodated through the use of the Hyflex classroom. Such classrooms allow for face-to-face and live sessions through Teams, while simultaneously recording all lectures for future asynchronous viewing.

Course Overview

The programme aims to develop skills, knowledge and social awareness with reference to the Harmony Institute goals, in order to investigate, explore and develop harmony and sustainability. We ask questions about:

  • relationships
  • justice
  • fairness
  • respect

This Master’s degree has been developed as an integrative programme which can examine ideas and practice through which we can develop a positive future for the world and its inhabitants, through the application of core Harmony principles evident in classical and indigenous practice and modern ecological theory. These principles are

“an expression of wholeness, a way of looking at ourselves and the world of which we are part. It is about connections and relationships."

The emotional, intellectual and physical are all connected. We are connected to our environments, both built and natural, and all the parts of our communities and their environments are connected.

The programme will allow students to take different pathways specialising in practical outcomes, such as business, community action, well-being and social justice, emphasising theory, exploring their relationship with nature and the environment.

Career Opportunities

This programme aims to develop students’ intellectual independence and critical engagement in connection with harmony and sustainability through exploring evidence and practice. Although it is not primarily a vocational programme, it does prepare students to move in a vocational direction. Graduates exiting from this degree will be well placed to enter a range of careers, including, for example:

  • Planning Officer
  • Equality Agenda
  • 3rd Sector and Voluntary Organisations
  • Policy Makers
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Sustainable Practice
  • Businesses
  • Multiagency context
  • Working with
  • Children and Young people
  • Communities and Groups at Risk of Exclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Community Regeneration
  • Advocacy
  • Entrepreneurial Practice

Graduates may also choose to go on to complete postgraduate research degrees e.g. PhDs and Professional Doctorates.

Which department am I in?

University of WalesTrinity Saint David

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (US$ 18,454) per year
The above mentioned fee is for 21/22 entry; There may be slight increase in 22/23 entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 February 2023


Carmarthen Campus

College Road,



SA31 3EP, Wales

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
£10,000.00 (US$ 12,303) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold a Bachelor Degree or First Professional Degree will also be considered. A full certified transcript must accompany applications.

For international students

The traditional entry route requirement for students is normally a 2:1 or 1st class honours first degree or the vocational qualification equivalent and relevant experience. The School encourages students with a range of vocational qualifications and relevant experiences to apply; this may require a written submission to indicate suitability for level 7 work prior to admission. An overall English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no lower than 5.5 in reading writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL: An overall minimum score of 72 is required with the following minimum scores in each of the following communicative skills: Reading - minimum score of 18 Listening – minimum score of 17 Writing – minimum score of 17 Speaking – minimum score of 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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