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Subject area:    Personal Development 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.  


Personal Development

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT  is an interdisciplinary subject focusing on change and personal growth. It may be studied for personal interest or as a professional development degree for counsellors, therapists, life and personal coaches, “New Age” practitioners, sports coaches, etc.  As a CIU field of study, Personal Development offers the opportunity to combine studies of self-help approaches and motivation together with options in the study of counselling and psychotherapy and also possible studies of topics in wellness and in spirituality.  A unique study plan will be agreed with each student.  This degree is ideal for those interested in personal growth but who do not necessarily wish to study psychology or counselling in depth.

This degree major can make use of course units from any of the following fields (and any similar fields): 

  • Personal Development,
  • Counselling,
  • Psychotherapy,
  • Hypnotherapy,
  • Psychology,
  • Wellness Studies/ Healing Studies,
  • Energy Therapies, 
  • Life Coaching,
  • NLP, 
  • Stress Management, 
  • Organizational Behaviour,
  • Creative Writing,
  • Workplace Spirituality,
  • Contemporary Spirituality,
  • Religious Studies,
  • Shamanistic Studies,
  • Metaphysics/Esoteric Studies/ New Age Studies,
  • Regression and Reincarnation Studies,
  • Parapsychology,
  • Social Studies

(You do NOT have to take units from ALL of these fields).   

Other electives can be taken from different subject areas subject to approval, and the student can also suggest areas of independent special study.   

Students for a degree in Personal Development will normally draw from both non-spiritual and spiritual areas of study to create a balanced syllabus, but if such a combined syllabus does not suit you and you wish to concentrate exclusively, for ideological reasons, on spiritual or on non-spiritual fields, you can discuss an appropriate degree path with the course admissions advisor.  We will do our best to fit in with your preferences and needs. 

The first step is to decide what level of degree you are seeking (normally BA or MA). The level of degree depends largely on your previous qualifications and experience.  

The CIU (non-UK) Bachelor’s degree is by distance learning only, and is normally an accelerated programme similar to second-year or third-year entry to a full-time degree.  The student should have a range of credit already. This can be from any field and can include university credits, further education, skilled work experience, and other documentable skilled experience which may have accrued via pastimes, sports, military service, charity or voluntary work, etc. This way of building up a degree is similar to the American “Liberal Arts” system in which students take general courses and specialise in their final year(s).  

If you are not sure if you have enough credit for an accelerated degree, please send us your full resume or CV so we can advise you further. Other options that could provide a route to a Bachelor’s, if you do not have enough credit now, are:

-  Studying one or more short courses that we can help you select

-  Enrolling on an extended Bachelor’s degree (which will cost more than the accelerated degree, and take longer).

The exact programme of study will negotiated between the personal tutor and the student after enrolment, depending on amount and type of transfer credit, interests and professional needs. Credit transfer will be given as appropriate. The student may also select content-rich internet sites of his or her choice, subject to approval, on which course units may be based. If the student is in an ongoing practical training programme, completed modules of that programme may be submitted for additional credit.  You will have the opportunity to devise your own personal project. 

Higher degrees

The CIU BA in Personal Development can provide access to the CIU MA in Personal Development and also to other related CIU MA degrees provided the student has a suitable background.  It is then possible to go on to certain  CIU doctoral degrees – depending again on the student’s background and interests. 

The MA is open to applicants with most approved Bachelor’s degrees and also to certain professionals – such as nurses, teachers and social workers – who do not have a Bachelor’s degree.

A PhD by research and dissertation is available; however this degree demands sound academic writing and research skills and those without such skills may be asked to take a special course.  If you are a published author in a relevant field, it could be possible to use ongoing research for your next project as the basis of a Ph.D, subject to approval. The Ph.D. may need taught courses to be completed in addition to the dissertation if appropriate postgraduate transfer credit is not available, in order to attain the necessary credit for the award of the doctorate. 

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

Page updated 22 April 2011

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