This degree will give you a thorough grounding to an advanced level in the principles, history and application of Catholic Social Teaching and related disciplines. It is taught in such a way that there is lively discussion of the principles and applications between lecturers and students. It can be taken part-time (two years) or full-time (one year), with the part-time mode being especially appropriate for those in employment. Modules are taught in a variety of formats to facilitate part-time study whilst maintaining contact hours appropriate for a full-time course on our beautiful campus in the diocese of Westminster.
Why study Catholic Social Teaching?
Catholic Social Teaching is an increasingly important element in Christian moral teaching, valued across different Christian denominations as well as amongst adherents to other faiths and none. This course is the first MA degree programme devoted to this subject taught face-to-face in any university in the UK and Ireland.
Why St Mary’s?
St Mary’s University is a Catholic university. Moreover, since its foundation in the 19th century it has had a consistent vocation to serve the Church in its poorest communities: Catholic Social teaching witnesses to what is called ‘the preferential option for the poor’, so St Mary’s is the obvious place to study the subject. St. Mary’s also has academics who are international experts right across the field of Catholic social teaching from moral theology to public policy. Our location and wide range of contacts ensure that a large number of prominent guest lecturers are able to contribute to the course.
The Programme Director is Rev. Dr. Ashley Beck. Prof. Philip Booth and Dr. Andre Alves both teach on the programme.
For St. Mary’s Masters courses in subjects relevant to Catholic social teaching, please click on one of the following subject areas: bio-ethics, education, human trafficking and Catholic social teaching.