The Theosophical Society in England
Diploma Inaugurated July 2010
The Diploma is a one year open-learning course by the Theosophical Society in England designed to assist students’ understanding of the basic Principles of Theosophy. Students will undertake the course by home study. There will be four modules during the year each divided into two subjects.
HOW THE DIPLOMA WILL BE AWARDED
The Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the course and understood the theosophical principles. The course is designed to help students gain a reasonable level of understanding of the basic principles of Theosophy. Students must also pass the end of year examination, which is an ‘open book’ exam with one month allowed for revision and completion.
WHO CAN TAKE THE COURSE?
The Diploma is available to any person who has a wish to gain knowledge of basic Theosophical Principles.
Please note: This is an ‘on-line’ course only.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The Fee for the Diploma is £90 for non-members or £30 for a current member (anywhere in the world). Members belonging to a National Section of the Society outside England will need to supply evidence that they are a paid-up member for the period covering 2018 (such as a receipt for payment or scanned copy of a membership card). Our preferred method is by PayPal at For UK applicants only, cheques are acceptable but should be made out to the Theosophical Society in England. You can also pay by bank transfer to Metro Bank, A/C # 2263 2749 and Sort code 23-05-80. Please include the word ‘Dip 2018 + (your full name or surname)’ as the reference so that we can identify the payment.
For those living outside the UK, for other ways to pay apart from PayPal, please email the Accounts department at Please note that other methods of payment may incur bank charges.
To download an application form, use the following link
The Diploma Application Form will open in Word form-filling format. Please complete and return by email to or print off to return by post. Please telephone 020 7563 9817 to receive the form by post or write to “Diploma,” The Theosophical Society in England, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA.
Application Forms and Course Fees must be received at 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA no later than 28 February 2018.
Applications received after that date will be held on file for the course commencing the following year.
DURATION OF THE COURSE AND AWARDS
The Course will commence in March 2018; the end of year examination will be held in November and Diplomas will be awarded early in 2019.
The Syllabus will be comprised of the following modules:
KARMA AND REINCARNATION
INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION
THE SEVEN PLANES
CHAINS, ROUNDS & LIFE WAVES (General pattern only)
FOLLOWED BY TIME FOR REVISION WHICH IS FOLLOWED BY THE EXAM
The use of meditation will help to enhance deeper levels of understanding
and is strongly recommended to all students.
The Motto of the Theosophical Society is “There is no Religion Higher than Truth”. The Masters of the Wisdom encourage each one of us to search for and find that Truth for ourselves.
Text of the Resolutions passed by the General Council of the Theosophical Society.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
As the Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the world, and as members of all religions have become members of it without surrendering the special dogmas, teachings and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable to emphasize the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of its three objects is the sole condition of membership.
No teacher, or writer, from H. P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose his or her teachings or opinions on members. Every member has an equal right to follow any school of thought, but has no right to force the choice on any other. Neither a candidate for any office nor any voter can be rendered ineligible to stand or to vote, because of any opinion held, or because of membership in any school of thought. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow privileges nor inflict penalties. The Members of the General Council earnestly request every member of the Theosophical Society to maintain, defend and act upon these fundamental principles of the Society, and also fearlessly to exercise the right of liberty of thought and of expression thereof, within the limits of courtesy and consideration for others.
The Theosophical Society, while cooperating with all other bodies whose aims and activities make such cooperation possible, is and must remain an organisation entirely independent of them, not committed to any objects save its own, and intent on developing its own work on the broadest and most inclusive lines, so as to move towards its own goal as indicated in and by the pursuits of those objects and that Divine Wisdom which in the abstract is implicit in the title ‘The Theosophical Society’.
Since Universal Brotherhood and the Wisdom are undefined and unlimited, and since there is complete freedom for each and every member of the Society in thought and action, the Society seeks ever to maintain its own distinctive and unique character by remaining free of affiliation with any other organisation.
For further information contact the Headquarters of
The Theosophical Society in England
50 Gloucester Place
London W1U 8EA
Tel: 020 7563 9817
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