Course content


ANNOUNCEMENT: With apologies for any disappointment, the April 2023 course is now fully booked. After that, the course is being ‘paused’ for a period for a refresh and relaunch. Please watch this space for further announcements. Thank you.

The course consists of one ‘warm-up’ week, followed by 10 weekly learning modules covering a broad and balanced spectrum of topics in parapsychology. There is a reading week at the half-way point, to allow a break or a chance to catch up before proceeding to the second half of the course. Apart from the course textbook, all the other course materials are provided online, via the University of Edinburgh’s Virtual Learning Environment. Weekly materials include one or two audio recordings of expert interviews, specialist readings and papers, and self-assessment quizzes.  In addition, students have access to message boards where they can discuss topics and issues raised by the course.

Week 0: Ice-breaking and familiarisation

Week 1: Introduction and History
Expert: Professor Donald West (now deceased, former Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge, UK)

Week 2: Spontaneous Paranormal Experiences
Expert: Professor Etzel Cardeña (University of Lund, Sweden)

Week 3: Extrasensory Perception in the Lab
Experts: Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire, UK); Dr John Palmer (Rhine Research Centre, Durham, North Carolina, USA)

Week 4: Psychokinesis in the Lab
Expert: Dr Holger Bösch (formerly of University Hospital Freiburg, Germany)

Week 5: Latest Lab Developments
Expert: Dr Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences, California, USA)

Week 6: Reading week (no new materials, a chance to catch up or have a break)

Week 7: Testing Psychic Claimants
Expert: Professor Stephen Braude (Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland, USA)

Week 8: Precognitive Experiences and Psychology
Expert: Professor Christopher French (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Week 9: Theories of Psi
Expert: Professor Harald Walach (Poznan Medical University, Poland)

Week 10: Thinking Critically About Parapsychology
Expert: Professor James Alcock (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Week 11: Implications and Further Education in Parapsychology.
Experts: Professor Jessica Utts (University of California at Irvine, USA); Professor Chris Roe (University of Northampton, UK)