ANNOUNCEMENT: The course will run again starting 5 April and 6 September 2021, however due to unprecedented demand the wait lists for both courses are now full (this includes reserve wait lists). We are sorry for any disappointment. We will start taking names again for the 2022 courses once the Sept 2021 course is underway. Please watch this space for further announcements in September.
What do I get out of the course?
You will be a visiting student at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top universities. The course provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of parapsychology, along with privileged access to journal articles and materials that have been exclusively developed for the course. The course leader, Professor Caroline Watt, is an international expert in parapsychological research and education, and has over 30 years of experience in this field.
Do I need any qualifications in order to join the course?
No previous knowledge is required, just interest and enthusiasm. Some specialist reading has a more advanced level of difficulty, suitable for those with an undergraduate degree, but accessible summaries of this material are always available. You will just need to have access to a computer and the internet, be able to download and open pdf and mp3 files, and to post messages on a discussion board. For the best learning experience, use the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers. The course does not run effectively on Internet Explorer. It works on both Macs and PCs, and an app is available for portable devices. All materials are in English.
Will I have to visit the University of Edinburgh in person at any point?
No, the course is taught entirely online.
Do I get a certificate of completion from the University of Edinburgh?
Yes. Provided that you have shown a reasonable level of engagement with the course materials and activities, you will receive a University of Edinburgh crested certificate of completion, personalised with your name. To obtain the certificate you must participate in the various activities that are provided in each week of the course: online quizzes, discussion boards, podcasts, and readings. The certificate is in the form of a PDF sent by email.
Do I have to take a formal exam at the end?
No. This is a non-accredited course which is intended for personal development only. The course is not examined and completion of the course does not provide any formally recognised qualification or course credits.
How many students are on each course?
There is a maximum of 40 students per course. Students are split into study groups of up to 20 individuals.
What am I expected to do each week?
You are expected to undertake the core and specialist readings, listen to the audio interviews, try the self-test quizzes, and perhaps most importantly, discuss topics with fellow students. The course leader doesn’t engage in personal tutoring, but does regularly view the discussions and post comments to stimulate further reflection.
Can I work on the course at my own pace?
All course materials are available from the first week, so students can read/listen ahead if they like. However, the discussion boards are only opened at pre-determined dates to ensure that all students discuss particular topics at the same time. The course will close after week 11, so all students must have accessed the course materials by then.
How many times does the course run per year and when are the starting dates?
The course runs twice per year. In 2021 it will open on 5th April and 6th September. You should allow sufficient time to obtain the course textbook (see below) before the start of the course.
How do I register for this course? When the wait list opens, Prof Watt will provide a contact link at the top of this page. To join the wait list, please contact Prof Watt using the contact link. Registration opens 6 weeks before the course start date, and Prof Watt will send out the registration link to those on the wait list. The standard registration fee is £300.
What course materials do I need to obtain in advance?
You will need to obtain a copy of the course textbook, An Introduction to Parapsychology. All other materials and activities are provided free of charge during the course, including: pdf files and mp3 audio files. Please note that these materials are copyrighted and are provided for your personal study use only. You are granted privileged access to them through your status as a visiting student of the University of Edinburgh, but are not permitted to copy or otherwise distribute them to others.
Is there any discounted fee rate?
Yes, Student Members of the Parapsychological Association can register at the discounted rate of £150. Click here for information on how to join the PA. (NB: Being registered for this online course alone does not qualify you for PA student membership.)