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Subject area:    Parapsychology Bachelor, 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:      Bachelor - by accelerated entry - approx. 50% credit from previous studies and/or experience needed for entry.

                                   Master -  a suitable bachelor's degree is normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) 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 an accelerated (advanced-entry) Bachelor's degree, 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.  



Degree programmes (non-UK qualifications) available:

BA in Parapsychology

MA in Parapsychology

Ph.D. in Parapsychology (by research and dissertation or equivalent work)

Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) specialising in Parapsychology (a taught doctoral programme concentrating on transpersonal psychology and the psychology of paranormal phenomena).

D.H.Sc. (Doctor of Holistic Sciences) specialising in parapsychology.

Ph.D. mainly by research and dissertation or equivalent (such as an unpublished book project). Some taught courses may need to be taken for the Ph.D. in addition to the research dissertation unless suitable transfer credit is available.



Parapsychology is the study of alleged paranormal phenomena or unusual experiences. These can include: psychic experiences, telepathy, spirit contact and mediumship, psychokinesis, ghosts and hauntings, precognition, remote viewing, out of body experiences, near-death experiences, etc. The purpose of parapsychology is to study these experiences, and not to develop psychic abilities.


Parapsychology does not include all esoteric, new age, psychic or alternative subjects. For example, the following are not usually considered part of parapsychology: astrology, graphology, cryptozoology, ufology, past life regression, healing.  CIU does not offer distance courses in astrology or graphology at present, but some of the other topics may be studied, if available, as part of CIU degrees (including the parapsychology degree, as “elective” or supplementary topics).


For those who want to develop psychically, it is suggested that, in addition to distance learning, they join some local group or society which appeals to them and which can offer relevant classes or tuition.  We cannot make individual recommendations for particular groups or societies in your area, and we urge you to use normal common sense and caution in your contact with any group or psychic teacher.


Parapsychology students with CIU can take a certain number of courses in topics related to psychic development as educational taught courses. This means the courses consist of book learning and written assignments. CIU does not promise to develop people’s psychic abilities. Some of our courses may suggest techniques you can use on your own, but no technique works for everyone and some people need years of practice before they achieve the abilities they are seeking.  That is why your psychic development is not a matter for distance education but is something you need to pursue on your own or through other classes, groups or private teaching, if you can find something suitable in your area. 



CIU parapsychology degrees are for people who are approaching the topic from various backgrounds:

  • Those who are interested in the subject and just want to learn more

  • People who are interested in scientific or controlled investigation of paranormal phenomena

  • People with psychic abilities who want to understand them better and learn what might happen if researchers want to investigate them

  • People who might come into contact with psychics (for example, members of the media, police forces and helping professionals) and who want some understanding of psychic phenomena and the theories offered to explain the world of the paranormal.

Please see our course unit list for course units listed under Parapsychology.  (More units are always under development and, after you enrol, you will be given details of any latest units of interest).


Parapsychology students on CIU degree courses can also take a range of topics, subject to approval, from the following areas:

  • General psychology

  • Transpersonal psychology

  • Abnormal psychology

  • Healing studies

  • Shamanistic studies

  • Personal development

  • Counselling psychology

  • Thanatology

  • Hypnotherapy (especially its spiritual applications)

  • Regression and reincarnation studies

  • Esoteric studies and metaphysics

  • Comparative religion

  • Contemporary spirituality

Your tutor might suggest additional topics appropriate for you or which will fit in with your particular interests.


It is possible that, though you are interested in parapsychology, another degree title might be more suited for your particular approach, depending on whether your interest is mainly in rational investigation, transpersonal psychology, metaphysical study, alternative counselling, psychic development or another approach.


CIU is willing to give credit towards a Bachelor’s degree for a wide variety of previous studies, courses, job training, and so on. This is because CIU, like some American colleges, borrows the idea that a Bachelor’s degree can be largely composed of a very broad general education, provided that a significant part of it is spent on the core (major) subject. In addition, if you are involved in any local psychic training programme, etc., CIU can, subject to approval, give credit for those activities towards a Bachelor’s degree.  The typical bachelor’s student will have approx. 50% transfer credit, allowing the degree to be completed within 18 months at economical cost. Credit at master’s level is much more limited and can consist of relevant university courses taken elsewhere or other relevant high-level courses or trainings which you can submit for approval.



UK Diplomas in Parapsychology


Our affiliated college, the UK College of Holistic Training, offers a distance learning Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Parapsychology using similar materials to some core units used for the Calamus International University parapsychology degrees. 


These Diplomas can be used to bridge the gap if you do not have enough credit to enter a Calamus International University BA, or else as a more affordable, stand-alone qualification.


More information on the diplomas  is available at the UK College of Holistic Training website, at the following links:


Diploma -

Advanced Diploma -




Credit requirements


Requirements for CIU non-UK degrees:


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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