Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred

MA Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred

You can find out more about this course through attending the Open Lecture series.

This interdisciplinary Masters course draws on studies in psychology, anthropology, theology, esoteric philosophy, a range of wisdom traditions and the arts. It offers a discerning investigation into seemingly non-rational modes of knowing, exploring the cosmological sense of the sacred, the widespread practices of symbol-interpretation and the cultural role of the creative imagination.

The course will appeal to all those seeking to enrich their lives through the study of the history, philosophy and rituals of Western sacred and esoteric traditions, and will be of particular interest to teachers, practitioners and therapists in the fields of contemporary spirituality and well-being who would like to engage more deeply with the foundations of their work.

The four taught modules, comprising seminars, Learning Journal groups and workshops take place at alternate weekends, in term time, from October to July, with two supervised research modules in the second half of the year. Weekends will include an open lecture by a visiting speaker. Full-time students will also attend one extra morning per week.

The four taught modules will address the following topics:

Theories and Methods

  • Methodological and holistic approaches
  • The nature of mythopoeic thought: symbol and metaphor
  • Ways of knowing from reason to revelation
  • The sacred in post-Enlightenment discourse

Symbol and Imagination

  • What is imagination?
  • Platonic and Hermetic perspectives on the soul
  • Renaissance art and theurgic magic
  • Jung, Corbin and Hillman on active imagination

Oracular and Divinatory Traditions

  • Divination in the ancient world
  • Classical and Medieval cosmology
  • The Pagan/Christian debate
  • Contemporary divinatory practices

Spirit and Psyche

  • What is a deity?
  • Mystery rituals in the ancient world
  • The return to the gods in transpersonal psychology
  • Subliminal mind and the unconscious

About the tutors

Angela Voss PhD is Programme Director for the MA. She taught and directed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent from 2004-2010. Her teaching and research interests centre on the role of the creative imagination in esoteric traditions, symbolic interpretation and the spiritual dimension of music.

Geoffrey Cornelius PhD taught on the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent, specialising in the hermeneutics and philosophy of divination. He has been actively involved in adult education for over thirty years and teaches on the School’s CAE programme.

Wilma Fraser PhD is the Faculty Director of Community and Adult Education, and Director of the Community Arts and Education programme. Her doctoral research concerns the potential for wisdom in adult teaching and learning spaces.

Other guest lecturers and creative workshop leaders who contribute to the programme throughout the year include Victoria Field, Maggie Hyde, James Frost, Dr Simon Wilson, Sonia McNally and Dr Marguerite Rigoglioso.

The School of Childhood and Education Sciences, in conjunction with other University departments, delivers a growing range of Community Arts and Education (CAE) programmes. This MA is offered as part of the CAE programme.

More information is available on the Community Arts and Education website.


The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Part-time – per stage:UK/EUOverseas
Certificate stage



Diploma stage



MA stage



The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Part-time – per stage:UK/EUOverseas
Certificate stage



Diploma stage



MA stage



Full MA



Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Essays, creative portfolio review, dissertation.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online .

Further information:

To speak to somebody about this course or to apply, call 01227 782919 or email

Alternatively, email the Programme Director, Angela Voss for further information regarding the MA curriculum.


Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • You will need a relevant good first degree or equivalent - subject to programme director's discretion. Applicants without a first degree will be expected to submit a piece of written work.



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