MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology deals with the ways in which human beings attribute meaning to the planets, stars and sky, and construct cosmologies which provide the basis for culture and society. The course is taught within the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, in the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts.
The words astronomy and astrology have distinct meanings in the modern world. Astronomy is the scientific study of the physical universe. Astrology, meanwhile, is the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth. The split between astronomy and astrology is a feature of modern western thought.
The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology is the only academic degree in the world to examine our relationship with the cosmos. The topics we study range across time and culture. If you study with us you will examine the cultural consequences and expressions of astronomy, astrology and cosmology; collect data on what people believe about the stars right now; explore the history of astrology; examine the use of the sky, stars and planets in religion; investigate ideas about the relationship between soul, psyche and psychology and the cosmos; research ancient practices of magic and divination; keep a journal of your own sky observations; look at how the sky and stars are represented in the arts, literature and film; and learn how to measure and interpret celestial alignments at archaeological sites. You will be awarded the MA on successful completion of a 15,000 word dissertation based on a supervised research project.