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St Mary's University

Catholic Social Teaching MA, PGDip, PGCert

Previous degree


Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time), 2/3 years (part-time)

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Promote human dignity and social justice with our Catholic Social Teaching master’s.

Drive necessary change with our Catholic Social Teaching master’s. You’ll explore key principles, history, and contemporary issues while covering topics like:

  • liberation theology
  • global development
  • systematic theology
  • ministry.

A one-of-a-kind learning experience

Our Catholic Social Teaching MA is the only one taught face-to-face in the UK and Ireland.

Foundations in Catholic social teaching

We built our foundations teaching poor Catholic communities. And, as part of our Catholic mission, we’ve since worked to 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”.

Study around your schedule

You can take our Catholic Social Teaching MA on a part-time or full-time basis, meaning you’ll study around your commitments.


Revd Dr Ashley Beck

Senior Lecturer - Pastoral Ministry

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Course content


All students will study two of the three optional modules. Full-time students will study all modules in one year.

Part-time students study the two core modules in their first year and the optional modules in year two. The dissertation can be done in the second year or possibly in a third year.

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.

Entry requirements

An interview is required before entry to the programme.


Previous degree

International Requirements

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.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024



Additional costs

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.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

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.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

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

Assessment methods

There will be five taught modules in this programme. Everyone will study the two initial core modules, and study a further two modules out of a choice of three.

There will also be a module comprising a 15,000-word dissertation. In the taught modules there will be a 5,000-word essay and a shorter piece of work such as an article review, case study, or presentation.

Career opportunities

With our Catholic Social Teaching master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills like patience, communication, and creative problem-solving.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Catholic Social Teaching MA, PGDip, PGCert include:

the Churcheducationcharitiesthe voluntary sectorthe statutory sectorbusiness

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