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Subject area:    Consciousness Studies Master, Doctorate   


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Master -  a suitable bachelor's degree or professional qualifications are normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                         Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                           The standard period of registration for a Master's degree or a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.  

Consciousness Studies

The Calamus MA in Consciousness Studies is open to all with a Bachelor’s degree and interest in the field.  In exceptional circumstances, well-qualified persons without a Bachelor’s degree may be admitted.

The focus is on studies of the subjective explorations of consciousness including altered states of consciousness.

Students may negotiate an individual syllabus drawing from the units available in the Course Unit List plus any other studies or units agreed with the course tutor.

If the student is not a graduate in psychology, an Introductory Psychology course must be included unless other studies in psychology have been taken.

Otherwise students may draw from the following broad subject areas:

Transpersonal psychology

Altered states of consciousness

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy

The unconscious mind

Survival of consciousness after death and after-death communication

Consciousness and the new physics (including field theories)


Religious and mystical experience

Remote viewing

Dreams and Dreaming

Shamanic States of Consciousness

Channelling other streams of consciousness


Past life regression

Journaling and creative techniques/ psychology of creativity

Dissociative Disorders

Memory studies/False Memory controversy

Biological and/or pharmacological basis of altered states of consciousness

Psychoanalytic and Jungian studies

 (Every one of the above areas does not have to be included.)

Plus electives as agreed.

The actual course units you will take are subject to individual negotiation according to your interests and the subjects covered by your previous credit. It is possible for the degree study plan to include some independent study, and for additional units to be created (subject to approval) in your areas of interest.  

45 credits (equivalent to 15 x 3-credit courses) will normally be required to complete the MA.  The degree may be completed entirely by taught units or may incorporate a project which will be worth 9 credits.

 Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies

Proposals may be considered for a Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies by research and dissertation.  An unpublished manuscript may be considered in lieu of a thesis.

In order to attain the required minimum number of credits for the Ph.D. (60 credits), some additional course units may be necessary as well as the dissertation requirement, or some postgraduate transfer credit may be utilised.


Credit requirements


Bachelor -  120 credits including transfer credits.

Master -  45 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a thesis, or 48 credits without a thesis.

Doctorate (taught or research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a dissertation, or 70 credits without a dissertation.  The Ph.D. must include a dissertation.  A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation. 


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.




Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.

To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page

Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.

If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on

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