Masters Degree


Permaculture Design


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Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute and The Sustainable Agriculture Institute have joined forces to allow for the Permaculture Design Masters Degree in Sustainable Systems to be offered to a wider range of Permaculturist.

The Master’s Degree in Sustainable Systems allows for a Permaculture Design Diploma holder the opportunity to further their studies of the Permaculture Design Science.

The Permaculture Design Master Degree Program is designed so that the Permaculturist is afforded the most conducive learning pathway so they can concentrate on their Permaculture Research.

Permaculture Design Research is at the heart of what makes the Rak Tamachat and S.A.I. Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program stand-out.

Global Studies – Permaculture Design Masters Degree

The Sustainable Agriculture Institute’s Permaculture Masters Degree is offered as a Global Sustainability Studies Program.

The Program has two learning paths for the award of a Masters in Permaculture Design of Sustainability Systems.


The learning Pathways are comprised of the below options:


Option A) On-campus Learning Program

The On-campus Learning Program allows the student the opportunity to learn and live at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Education Institute. Rak Tamachat is also proud to offer Green Student Job to our students to help offset the cost of the Sustainable Educations.


Option B) Distance Learning Program

The Permaculture Student is able to study at your own pace, fitting your studies around your life. For busy people, this form of learning is the ideal alternative to being physically on campus.


Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Distance Education

Our flexible approach offers you a range of study options.

  • You can study by online and flexible learning, which allows you to combine your studies with work or other commitments.


Study independently or at the Rak Tamachat Campus in Idyllic Thailand, Asia

Most of our courses are designed to be studied independently. However, if you prefer structured study support, you can attend classes for many of our undergraduate courses at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute Campus.


What are some of the advantages of distance education?

The main advantage of distance learning is that it allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life.
  • You can usually also set your own pace of study.
  • It is your decision as to when and where you study.
  • It doesn’t matter where you live – you can gain a degree from anywhere in the world.
  • As with a full-time degree, students may find that they gain useful, transferable skills, such as planning and research.
  • A distance learning course often costs less than a full-time degree.


The downside is that you will not enjoy the conviviality of being on the Rak Tamachat Permaculture campus and rubbing shoulders with fellow students on a daily basis.

  • Don’t worry though our online Learning Managment Systems, LMS which we like to call the eCampus has been designed to provide the distance learner with all the tools and support they need to assure the success of their online studies.



  • You can study undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level courses via distance learning.
  • The Sustainable Agriculture Institute ensures that it’s distance learning programmes and qualifications are of the same high quality as campus-based programmes.

Permaculture Design Masters of Sustainability in Design Systems

The Master of Sustainability builds on the Permaculture Design Graduate Diploma with a capstone experience that will put you to work in teams to research current sustainability problems in collaboration with industry (including your own job, if appropriate), aiming to deliver sustainable solutions to the industry partners.

Offering excellent flexibility, the sustainability program lets you tailor your subjects to suit your background and career interests.

By joining the sustainability program at the Sustainable Agriculture Institute, you will be part of a truly multidisciplinary experience.

You will gain both a theoretical understanding and applied skills to connect sustainability processes to specific areas of business, development, health, and policy, among others. With this new understanding of sustainability, you’ll have the tools to change your approach to your current work or embark on an entirely new career.

Permaculture Design Sustainability Education Changing the World

As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace. And in a knowledge economy, education is the new currency by which nations maintain economic competitiveness and global prosperity.

Education is an investment, and one of the most critical investments we can make.

By attaining your Permaculture Design Masters Degree you will be working to broaden the level of Permaculture Research which will allow for other Permaculturist access to more knowledge of Sustainable Design which will help bring Sustainable Change to the World.

Learn More about How You Can Change the World Below:

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Bring New Life to Your Career in Sustainability

Sustainability is an exciting and dynamic field to work in!

There are many career opportunities that are directly tied to Sustainability throughout the private, public, and non-profit sectors. There are also many ways to integrate Sustainability into your existing work.


What makes Sustainability such an Appealing Field to Work In?


I suspect one of the major attractions is this industry’s highly multi-faceted nature. Sustainability practitioners are rarely confined to just one area of expertise – instead, they must draw upon a range of different disciplines to come up with solutions that address environmental, economic and social needs.

Sustainability’s focus on interdisciplinary problem-solving might be a tall order to meet, but it’s also an exceptional opportunity. How many other professions allow you to make a positive difference across so many diverse areas?


Who employs Sustainability Professionals?


About half of Sustainability Professionals are employed in private industry, while half are employed at government and not-for-profit organizations.

The top employers of Sustainability Professionals are governments (employing 27% of sustainability professionals), research institutions and not-for-profits (24%), large companies in manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, forestry and utilities (10%) and businesses in retail, finance, and insurance (10%).


How much is the Average Starting Salary?


This question is a major deciding factor when it comes to choosing a career that is not only rewarding but also financially viable. Keeping in mind that salaries vary significantly depending on the type of employer, experience level and occupation, we developed salary estimates through a series of interviews with Sustainability Practitioners.

For those working as Sustainability Specialists, the mean starting salary was about $40,650, with a high-end starting salary for more experienced workers at $50,700.

Sustainability Consultants typically started at a higher amount – $55,760 was the average base starting salary for this role.

Schedule – Permaculture Design Masters Program

The Permaculture Masters Degree has two learning pathways to choose from:


Option 1) Distance Learning – 1 Year

The Distance Learning option allows the student the option of completing their Permaculture Design Master’s Thesis in the convenience of their home country.


Option 2) On-campus Learning – 6 Months

The On-campus Learning option allows the Permaculturist the opportunity to work at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Research Institute so they can complete their Permaculture Design Masters Thesis in a shorter time by working full time.

Eligability – Permaculture Design Masters Dregree Program

Who Can Apply?

The Masters of Permaculture Design Program is open to any Permaculture Design Degree Diploma Holder. (All Permaculture Institutes Degrees accepted)

The program Acceptance Criteria:

  • Permaculture Design Diploma, Dip. Perm. Des. (An official and sealed UNDERGRADUATE transcript, which states that a degree has been awarded or conferred. The name on the transcript must match your current legal name or proof of name change is required)
  • Permaculture Applied Field Work (The applicant must provide evidence of Permaculture Design Fieldwork totaling 450 Hours)
  • Non-native English Speakers Proficiency in English Test (You may take and submit your Score from the British Council Free English Level Test)


How to Submit Criteria?

You may submit for review and acceptance your Transcipt, Applied Field Work Evidence and if a non-native English Speaker the English Proficicency Test.

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program


Masters of Sustainability in Permaculture Design Fees

Most college graduates have one major thing in common: Student Debt.

Today, 70 percent of college students graduate with a significant amount of loans. Over 44 million Americans collectively hold nearly $1.5 trillion in student debt. That means that roughly one in four American adults are paying off student loans.

When they graduate, the average student loan borrower has $37,172 in student loans, a $20,000 increase from 13 years ago. With that money, borrowers could put a down payment on a home, purchase a new car or Bootstrap their own Sustainability Business.

Permaculture Design Masters Degree ProgramAs the size of student debt owed has increased, so have monthly payments. The US Federal Reserve estimated that the average monthly student loan payment increased from $227 in 2005 to $393 in 2019.

Beau, one of the founders of Rak Tamachat and S.A.I. believe that all education should be:

“More Affordable and is a Basic Right”

While everything has cost the cost should reflect the amount to provide the education. S.A.I. was founded to provide a low-cost platform to disseminate education to a Global Audience.



Fee Structure – Masters Degree in Permaculture Design of Sustainable Systems


The Masters Degree Program has two options which can be pursued by the respective candidates:


Option 1 Distance Learning Fees

Total Cost = A+B+C+D

A.   250 USD – Enrollment

B.   1,500 USD – Thesis Course Work

C.   500 USD – Thesis Review

D.   250 USD – Diploma Issuance


Total Cost of Permaculture Design Master Degree in Sustainable Systems

2,500 USD


Option 2 On-campus Learning Fees (Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute)

Total Cost = A+B+C+D+E-F

A.   250 USD – Enrollment

B.   1,500 USD – Thesis Course Work

C.   500 USD – Thesis Review

D.   250 USD – Diploma Issuance

E.   1,800 USD – All Inclusive Room and Board (Private Bungalow – 10 USD x’s 180 days = 1,800 USD)

F.   (1,500 USD) – Less the Community Green Job Stipend


Total Cost of Permaculture Design Master Degree in Sustainable Systems

2,800 USD


Option 3 – Combined Permaculture Design Diploma + Masters Degree

Total Cost = On-campus Diploma + Oncampus Masters

3,750 USD – On-campus Diploma of Permaculture Design (6months on-campus)

2,800 USD – On-campus Permaculture Design Master Degree (6 months on-campus)


Combined Diploma and Master Degree Program (1 Year On-campus)

 6,550 USD

Rak Tamachat is proud to be able to offer Flexible Payment Plans making easy to finance your Permaculture Masters Degree while you are working on your Thesis. The loans are provided at 0% Interest via a special program from the Rak Tamachat Sustainable Development Foundation.

When you sign up for your course just choose the Flexible Payment Plan and your all set.

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Flexable Payment Plans – Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Green Job while your Work on Your Permaculture Design Thesis

Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute can offer to On-campus Masters Degree Students an offset of a portion of the Permaculture Master Degree Fees for help in the Rak Tamachat Community.

For help in the Community, a Stipend of 250 USD can be paid as a Green Job.

Green Job Payments:

  • Month 1 – 250 USD
  • Month 2 – 250 USD
  • Month 3 – 250 USD
  • Month 4 – 250 USD
  • Month 5 – 250 USD
  • Month 6 – 250 USD

Total Green Job Payments – 1,500 USD

Permaculture Design Master Degree and Student Loans

The cost of getting a Top Notch Education is becoming a setback to most of the middle to lower income classes. This is exactly the people that are the future of Sustainability. Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute and the Sustainable Agriculture Institute both believe that the cost of an education should be tied more to the cost of the provision of such education and not the cost of fancy facilities.

One of the founders of S.A.I. has expressed his feeling at that of the Institution in a Manifesto entitled “The Future of Online Education“.

The Manifesto expresses the realities which compare the differences between an online education and one in a brick and mortar physical education.

While it will take the rich and upper classes a while to come around to the relaxation that the access to a good education is no longer tied to the ability to pay large sums of money, the online access to the information of Sustainability is being offered at affordable rates.

If need no longer worries about having to burden yourself with student loans to receive a great education in Sustainability.

The Rak Tamachat Permaculture Foundation has been endowed by the Wickboldt Family to be able to assure the future of Sustainable Education through the award of scholarships, and grants.

  • Merit Scholarships: These scholarships are based on a number of criteria, including performance and participation or community service.
  • Creative Contest Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to students based on a creative submission. Contest scholarships are also called mini project based scholarships where students can submit entries based on unique and innovative ideas.
  • Disability Scholarships: Thes scholarships are based on the need of certain individuals with limiting conditions. This type of aid is a key part of the Sustainable Agriculture Institutes Educational Vision and Mission. Valid proof of Disability required for acceptance.
  • Grants: however, are offered based exclusively on financial need and determined using the applicant’s statement of financial need submission and supporting information.


Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program


The Rak Tamachat Sustainable Development Foundations Agenda


People: End Poverty and Hunger in all forms and Ensure Dignity and Equality.

Prosperity: Ensure Prosperous and Fulfilling Lives in Harmony with Nature.

Peace: Foster Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies.

Partnership: Implement the Agenda through a Solid Global Partnership.

Plant: Protect Our Plant’s Natural Resources and Climate for Future Generations.


How to Apply for one of the Rak Tamachat Sustainable Development Foundations Awards

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program


Enviromental Science and Permaculture Design Masters Degree

Environmental Science, an interdisciplinary academic field that draws on:

  • ecology,
  • geology,
  • meteorology,
  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  •  engineering, and
  • physics

to study environmental problems and human impacts on the environment.

Environmental science is a quantitative discipline with both applied and theoretical aspects and has been influential in informing the policies of governments around the world. Environmental science is considered separate from environmental studies, which emphasizes the human relationship with the environment and the social and political dimensions thereof.

For example, whereas a researcher in environmental studies might focus on the economic and political dimensions of international climate-change protocols, an environmental scientist would seek to understand climate change by quantifying its effects with models and evaluating means of mitigation.

Thus, Environmental Science is very important because it study the connection and implication of seemingly disconnected phenomena, enlightening to the consequence of our action such the effect of technology on the destruction of the natural resources and the ecosystem, and what we can do to reverse some of this destructive forces and heal the environment, saving ourselves in the process.

General Instructions for Master’s Theses in the area of Permaculture Design

The purpose of these instructions is to help you in starting with and working on your Permaculture Design Thesis project. As each thesis project involves some common characteristics as well as some unique ones, the idea is not to follow all the instructions given here literarily.

It is assumed that you have read and tried to understand the instructions in the context of your Permaculture Design Thesis project before a meeting with the supervisor. Any unclear issues are then discussed and clarified in the meetings.

Summary of Important Action Points

Here is a list of the main action points related to doing your thesis project. They are presented in the order that may differ from the order you do them.

  • Familiarise yourself with the relevant instructions;
  • Summarise your idea(s) about the topic and problem on one page;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the research methods potentially relevant to your thesis;
  • Refresh your knowledge on technical scientific writing;
  • Discuss your research approach with the supervisor;
  • Outline your study design;
  • Do the actual research work and write the thesis;
  • Keep the supervisor and instructor(s) up to date with your progress;
  • Do all things officially required following the instructions (not repeated here).



Supervisor / Instructor(s)

The instruction process has different areas of concern. The Thesis Supervisor will ensure that the thesis complies with the requirements from the university point of view, including the theoretical and research methodological basis, quality and style of technical reporting, etc.


A Permaculture Design Master’s Thesis is not a job for life, but when well planned and implemented just a somewhat larger and more demanding than a typical exercise. That is, you simply need to set your thesis clear (sub)goals, turn those to action items, schedule them and keep the schedule! Making progress and keeping the schedule is your responsibility. Well, in addition, to also doing the actual work and writing the thesis.

It is also your responsibility to maintain the status of the project clear and communicate the status with your supervisor. Therefore, it makes sense to follow the required practice of making notes and writing a short memorandum on each meeting with the supervisor summarising what was discussed and agreed upon.

Starting your Permaculture Design Thesis Project

First of all, familiarise yourself with the relevant instructions. In particular the instructions of the study programme and the official forms required in the process. Think about the topic you would like to address in your Permaculture Design Thesis Project. You will discuss with your Instructor about the topic, schedule, goal and general conditions for the project. Summarise your idea(s) about the topic and problem on one page.

Arrange the first appointment with the Supervisor. In the first meeting with the Supervisor, you will then discuss the topic and its suitability for a Permaculture Design Thesis Project, go through the first steps in starting the work, agree on a kick-off meeting with the instructor, if needed, and any other practical matters relevant at that point.

In the kick-off meeting with the instructor the following topics will be addressed:

  • the goals of the Permaculture Design Thesis;
  • the schedule and milestones for the project;
  • instruction and guiding practices to be followed;
  • the criteria for judging the success of the project;
  • the required paperwork;
  • and any other business related to the thesis project.


Meetings with Supervisor

Supervisor and the student agree on the practices for the Permaculture Design Thesis Project, for example, regular status meetings and such. The meetings with the supervisor are organized as needed. Typical meetings, in the beginning, are the first discussion on the topic and the kick-off meeting with the instructor. During the,e project there can be a meeting, for example, one after the theory (literature) and research methods and a second one when the results are there and it is the time to start analyzing them in detail.

These are just examples, and sometimes no meeting is required as an email may be sufficient. Typically a meeting is in place when the manuscript is rea, and the instructor agrees this is the case. Before this meeting, the manuscript is delivered to the supervisor and the purpose of the meeting is to go through the supervisor’s comments. In each meeting, the next steps are discussed and agreed upon. The student writes a short memo on each meeting, most importantly the action points, and emails the memo to the supervisor.

Working on your Permaculture Design Thesis Project

In the following, the phases of a Permaculture Design Thesis Project are roughly described and some general good practices and potential pitfalls are addressed. Read through all the instructions, as they are not necessarily in the order you might apply them.

Basics for doing a Permaculture Design Thesis Project

In the beginning, you need to gain basic understanding on relevant research methods you’re going to apply. This is important to have as a solid background for the later phases of the project, as it is impossible, for example, to correct the research methods after the actual work has been done and while writing the thesis if you then realize that something should have been done differently.

It is also highly recommended to visit the library or do some online searching and find some good theses on a related topic or similar research setting, read them and try to understand how they have been done, what makes them good and on what aspects you could improve. At the same time find out some material and refresh your knowledge on technical scientific writing. This includes the general style and language of writing, typical structural issues as well as guidelines and conventions, e.g., for literature references and such. Read the S.A.I. Thesis Guidelines

Selecting the Research Approach

Selecting the research approach for your Permaculture Design Thesis requires some attention. You should familiarise yourself with the typical choices of research approach for a thesis project (e.g., design science / constructive research, case study, action / participatory research, or perhaps a literature survey). Then you discuss your research approach with the supervisor before starting the actual work. Before the discussion, outline your study design, i.e., the particular instantiation of the research approach in your thesis project.

Doing and Reporting

The actual work in your Permaculture Thesis project may consist of building a prototype, testing a particular method in a company or gaining an understanding of something relevant by means of interviewing people, for example. The work is mainly independent work of the student. With the supervisor, the student can have separate discussions about research methods, writing the thesis, and such. It is advisable to start writing the thesis already in the early phases of the project.

The Work

According to your study design, you do your work. Iteratively, adjusting the research questions and fine-tuning the study design as needed. As a result, you get your results. It is important that you follow the advice for your research approach so that you that your results stand on a solid methodological foundation, maintaining the chain of evidence from any data you collect to the conclusions you make. In most cases, it is a good practice to keep a research diary and write reflective memos during the research. Furthermore, if you interview people, whether it is for example, for understanding the problem, collecting data as a part of your main research activity or validating your results within the company, it is important to record the sessions. On the other hand, if your approach is more constructive, it is good to make notes on the rationale for your design decisions.

Big Picture of Research Process

The figure below gives a general idea of a process for research in Permaculture Design, which you can use as a backbone for your research project.

Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program

You need to familiarise yourself with the previous work on the topic or close to it. In scientific research, the role of the previous work is to give background for the work and especially explicate the scientific novelty of the work. However, in a Permaculture Design Master’s Thesis, scientific novelty is not required. Therefore, the purpose of previous work is often somewhat different. It may be the source of existing methods for addressing a particular problem, used as a means to show what is reported in different sources and analyzed here and used as a basis for this work.

And, to make sure you are not repeating exactly what someone already has done. So you need to understand the problem both from the perspective of Sustainable Agriculture and the perspective of the previous work. On this basis, you then conceptualize the problem and express it in the form of your research questions.

Research Questions

Coming up with good research questions is demanding. It is also typical that the research questions evolve towards the final form during the Permaculture Design Thesis Project, and that is ok. However, that does not mean that you should start without any research questions and only write them afterward, as by doing so you would most probably have a poor focus during your work and your results would be more accidental than anything else.

The research questions define what exactly you are looking for in your Permaculture Design Thesis Project. More about formulating your research questions can be found from the S.A.I. Guide to Thesis Writing.

To answer your research questions, you need to select a suitable research approach from the literature on research methods. Before committing to any particular research method, discuss the potential approaches with the supervisor. Be careful with your wording of the research questions, because your results are judged against them. In fact, you are in a good position, as you can yourself set the exact criteria for judging your work. Of course, you the research questions need to be interesting and relevant, not just easy to fulfill.

The the whole point in your Permaculture Design Thesis is to build a consistent line of thought from the problem to the results and conclusions you make. The goals of your research can also be set in the form of hypotheses. However, the research questions are used in these instructions, as it is generally very hard to prove much anything right or wrong in software engineering.

Nevertheless, if you are, for example, planning to conduct a controlled experiment, the use of hypotheses would be natural. Nevertheless, many issues with exact wording and accuracy are similar to those with research questions. In both cases, it is about clearly stating what your research is about.

Study Design

Once you know your research approach, you need to design the details of your research. This is called here the study design. In short, the study design is your instantiation of the research approach describing the details of what you do in your research project in order to answer the research questions. When describing your study design in your thesis be concrete.

That is, describe what you did, how did you collect the data, e.g., you can mention the sources of information and number of informants, give an overview of their roles, show the artifact created etc. The idea is to describe your instance of the research approach and methods you use as the basis.

A common mistake is to leave the description at the high level of abstraction, which only summarises the research methods from the literature and does not to actually describe your own study at all.

Focusing on Your Goal of a Permaculture Design Masters Degree


Permaculture Design Masters Degree Program