From October 2021, St Mary’s University, the UK’s leading Catholic university, will teach postgraduate programmes within the Gillis Centre (formerly St Margaret's Convent and School) in Edinburgh.
This suite of part-time, two-year programmes provides development opportunities for teachers, those with a keen interest in education, and others interested in deepening their faith. It provides an excellent opportunity for Catholics and non-Catholics at any stage of life to advance their understanding of education or applied Catholic theology.
Our postgraduate part-time MA courses will enable you to study flexibly in the evening and at weekends, meaning that you can fit your studies around your existing work and personal commitments.
“The arrangement that we have made with St Mary’s will provide invaluable means for Catholics to grow in the knowledge and love of their faith. In this way we are also responding to Pope Francis’ call to invest in the intellectual formation of the laity, and the evangelization of professional and intellectual life.” Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, the Most Reverend Leo Cushley
An introduction to the Gillis Centre
Edinburgh campus open evening
Why study with St Mary’s?
St Mary’s Institute of Education has been graded ‘Outstanding’ for its initial teacher education by Ofsted. St Mary’s has over 170 years’ experience training teachers. St Mary’s Institute of Theology is a highly-respected and research-active institution, which houses the Mater Ecclesiae College, established in 1614.
Our founding values are inspired by the teachings of St John Henry Newman, promoting higher education and developing individuals to create a more humane, just and sustainable world.
St Mary’s success lies in the flexible structure of our courses, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. You will apply your learning to practical situations, using your knowledge to drive change, whilst engaging in contemporary debates.
These MA courses are open to graduates of most academic disciplines in addition to individuals with relevant experience.
We are offering bursaries of £500 to parishioners of all dioceses in Scotland participating in a full postgraduate programme at the new Gillis Centre this Autumn, provided this is matched by a similar contribution towards the fees from the parish.
To find out more information about these bursaries, please register your interest.
Please note: it is hoped this programme will be delivered face-to-face, but should legal restrictions render this impossible we have a range of platforms with which we can deliver the programme online with no loss of quality. If any students are unable to attend face-to-face lectures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.