Taught course

Cultural Astronomy and Astrology

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Good first degree or relevant experience for those over 25.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology is a unique course which 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.

It is the only accredited university degree in the world to explore the human relationship with the sky through history and culture and combines historical and anthropological approaches. Throughout the programme you will explore a wide range of material, from the ancient work to the present, and across cultures. You will study the application of beliefs about the stars to all aspects of human culture from religion and science to art and literature. You will also have the opportunity to study the new discipline of Archaeoastronomy; the study of astronomical alignments, orientation and symbolism in ancient and modern architecture.

All modules are taught by staff who are experts in their fields and are experienced in delivering online learning to students from around the world. Our students live in every continent and, by joining us, you will be joining a world-wide community of scholars. Teaching online means that we form an international community that connects in the virtual world, but we also hold an annual summer school, usually in Bath, England, the legendary home of the first Druid University which gives the opportunity for students and staff to interact face-to-face.

The MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (CAA) is taught distance-learning, on-line, through the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, and is normally completed in two years full-time (one year for the six taught modules, followed by the dissertation) or up to four years part-time. There is no residency requirement. Students work from home. For further information please see frequently asked questions. Scroll down this page for module descriptions.

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
  • Researching Contemporary Cosmologies
  • History of Astrology

Optional Modules and Pathways:

Pathway 1 - the Inner Cosmos

  • Sky and Psyche
  • Cosmology, Magic and Divination

Pathway 2 - Stars and Stones

  • Sacred Geography
  • Skyscapes, Cosmology and Archaeology

Pathway 3 – Earth and Sky

  • Astral Religion
  • Heavenly Discourses

For full details of the range of module options available, please visit the course page on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-60 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-60 months


distance learning
24-60 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Nicholas Campion