Promote compassion, justice, and sustainability with our Applied Catholic Theology master’s.
Positively impact communities with our hands-on Applied Catholic Theology master’s. You will develop your theological literacy through debates and practical application. You’ll cover topics like:
- biblical interpretation
- the foundations of Christian spirituality
- spiritual direction
- Catholic social teaching
- systematic theology.
Our Applied Catholic Theology MA is open to people of all religions. It will particularly suit those who:
- participate in parish and diocesan activities
- work within Christian ministry/leadership
- teach Religious Education (RE).
Upheld by Catholic values
As part of our Catholic mission, we help individuals create a compassionate, just, and sustainable world.
Specialist teaching and support
You will learn from research-active academics committed to your wellbeing. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.
Bespoke career sessions
You’ll attend Q&A sessions led by representatives in:
- the diocese
- the catechetical sector
- the non-profit sector.
These sessions will advance your knowledge, network, and employability.
Study around your schedule
You can take our Applied Catholic Theology MA on a part-time or full-time basis, meaning you’ll study around your commitments.
Dr Susan Longhurst
Course Lead - Applied Catholic Theology
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The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25.
Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.
Students are required to have a second-class first degree in Theology or a related discipline.
We also accept suitable qualifications in a different subject and/or professional interests and experience relevant to the programme.
International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.
We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.
For more information about entry requirements please email email@example.com.
Fees & funding
We are offering bursaries of £500 to parishioners of all dioceses in Scotland participating in a full postgraduate programme at the Gillis Centre beginning in September 2022, provided this is matched by a similar contribution towards the fees from the parish.
Scottish students cannot currently get loans from Student Awards Agency Scotland to study at the Gillis Centre. Applicants will need to self-fund their studies.
Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.
International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.
Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.
A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.
Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.
For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.
How the degree is taught
A variety of assessment methods employed across the programme seeks to balance traditional learning and more contemporary approaches. Modules will involve some formative assessment, and all students are assigned a personal tutor with whom to discuss particular needs and participate in individual tutorials on plans and drafts of work prior to submission.
With our Applied Catholic Theology master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills like human understanding, communication, and critical thinking.
Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Applied Catholic Theology (Edinburgh) MA, PGDip, PGCert include:
Make sure to check our step-by-step guide to application process.