A distance learning course
Update October 2016 - this course is being revised with
changes to the syllabus
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
For the serious student, this is probably the
most comprehensive home study course in parapsychology you can find.
(We also have a shorter
Diploma course - see it here). This course can be taken on its own
without taking our
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY
recommended period of study: approx.
9 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£360.00 (360 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Textbooks extra - approx. cost of
textbooks to be announced)
See textbook links on the left-hand side of this
Students outside the UK who cannot receive email and need our material by
snail mail are charged
an extra £50.00 (Total £410.00).
Method of study
Textbook study. Lesson plans are issued for each
textbook. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
overview and syllabus
change from time to time depending on availability of set textbooks)
This comprehensive distance learning course is a
professional-level programme of study at further education level, designed to
give the student a broad knowledge of paranormal phenomena, an appreciation of
the history of paranormal and psychical research using experimental designs and
studying spontaneous phenomena, to develop an open-minded attitude towards the
causes of parapsychological events, as well as to educate the student in ways of
approaching and investigating alleged paranormal occurrences.
will also introduce students who have Internet access to the vast resources on
parapsychology, paranormal and spiritual topics available on the World Wide Web,
for additional research, study and support.
This course will be of great benefit to anyone who has a deep personal interest
in psychic or paranormal phenomena, to those who would like to study the subject
systematically, and to all those who might become involved with such phenomena
either directly or indirectly, including: counsellors, hypnotherapists,
psychotherapists, ministers, mental health workers, law enforcement agents,
psychic investigators, cult investigators, researchers, journalists, mediums,
psychics, healers, dowsers, workers in the tourism industry, and persons working
or living in or near reputedly haunted sites.
Textbooks extra (approx. cost of textbooks GBP 150 – book purchases may be
spread out throughout the course and students may save money by looking for used
For each textbook, we supply
a study plan which shows how to structure your learning and provides the
assignments. Assessment is by written answers to set questions. The use of
well-regarded textbooks throughout the course means that you will build up a
comprehensive professional library and you will have direct access to material
written by some of the foremost experts in the field. In addition, you will be
encouraged to broaden your knowledge using suggested additional reading and
Tutor support will be given in the form of feedback on your assignments and you
may also communicate with your tutor by email if you have questions or
(We reserve the right to alter the syllabus
and/or set books at any time. If any book proves difficult to obtain, we may
substitute another unit. A copy of the reading list will be supplied on
request. Unfortunately, some of the best books on parapsychology can go out of
print as sales of serious parapsychology books
are not wonderful. We therefore will have to
change the syllabus from time to time.)
1. Parapsychology - Revolutionary
This unit is a
primer on how parapsychological research (formerly called psychical research)
was carried out from its beginnings in the nineteenth century, through the
twentieth century and concluding with reflections on the state of parapsychology
today and its implications for science, society and spirituality. Original
scholarly articles, dating from 1886 to 2007, are reproduced in the text,
interwoven with extensive introductions and commentary by the editors, who
conclude that evidence for at least some aspects of the paranormal is solid. (At
present the textbook required is out of print but available used from Amazon.)
2. Developing Your Psychic
This unit takes us on remarkable intellectual and intuitive journey by a
psychotherapist into how to access and develop the sixth sense or "psi". We
learn about multiple routes to psychic opening, what unfolding psychic awareness
can feel like, the role of the implicate order, the use of imagery to access psi,
and 23 tips for developing and maintaining psychic awareness. There is also a
section on ethical issues of psychic work.
3. Testing Psychic Claimants
This unit gives careful, practical yet flexible
guidelines to help researchers and investigators assess the purported abilities
of those who claim to be psychic. The aim is to be fair to the person being
researched or investigated, avoiding both false positive and false negative
4. Paranormal Investigation
An introduction to paranormal investigation. This
unit explains how to do a successful investigation including historical
information on each phenomenon and various possible explanations; what equipment
to use and how to use it; and how to think clearly about an investigation and
use that essential ingredient, common sense.
5. The Channelling Experience
A step-by-step guide to channelling for creative
purposes or to receive spiritual wisdom, using a text by a leading psychic
6. Conducting Extrasensory
The student will learn how laboratory
tests of ESP have been conducted over 50 years and how many of these
experiments have had methodological problems. This study assembles a
range of relevant material in one handy volume and gives checklists and
guidelines for researchers. Students of this course will not have to
conduct any laboratory experiments but will learn the principles and
practicalities of sound research.
Psychic Warfare, Historical and Modern
A study of the practice of psychic spying over the past 5,000 years, from its
origins in ancient Egypt, through the story of Queen Elizabeth I's spy John Dee,
to Nazis and the occult, the CIA and the Cold War, the clandestine roles of
Aleister Crowley and Ian Fleming, and the remote viewing activities of Joseph
McMoneagle. (Now updated with extra pages).
8. Authenticated Cases of the
this unit you will study a superb collection of papers by world-famous experts:
Guy Lyon Playfair on Mirabelli; Paola Giovetti on mediumship in Italy including
the famed Eusapia Palladino; Gissurarson and Haraldsson's investigation of the
mediumship of Indrida Indridason; Imich's study of the seances of Matylda; the
physical mediumship of Teofil Modrzejewski; physical mediumship in
pre-revolutionary and contemporary Russia; and a collection of spectacular cases
of psychic phenomena in China. The text has a collection of rare illustrations.
9. Consciousness Beyond the Brain
This unit presents a collection of papers by
leading psychologists, scientists and thinkers on the theme of consciousness
beyond the brain. Examples include: Peter Fenwick on beyond the brain; Kenneth
Ring on eyeless vision; David Fontana on meditation and dreams; Erlendur
Haraldsson on children’s past lives; John Beloff on parapsychology; Charles Tart
on enlightenment; Stanislav Grof on non-ordinary reality; Andrew Powell on the
psyche beyond space-time; Roger Woolger on other realities in psychotherapy;
Ravi Ravindra on beyond identification with the body.
10. Evidence for the Afterlife
to the existence of an afterlife comes from many sources, and this unit provides
an overview and discussion of most of these angles of exploration including:
modern parapsychology, apparitions, hauntings, mental mediumship, drop-in and
cross-correspondence communication, physical mediumship, communication using
instruments, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and reincarnation. Finally,
the study focuses on what the nature of the afterlife – and our role as
individuals in it - might be like.
criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for entry.
Successful graduates will receive the Advanced Diploma in
Parapsychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
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We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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now, go to our Application page