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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.

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“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.

Eligibility

These MA courses are open to graduates of most academic disciplines in addition to individuals with relevant experience.

Match-funded bursaries

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.

Courses

Applied Catholic Theology MA

Fee: £6,750

  • Provides a thorough grounding in key aspects of Catholic theology while developing the necessary skills and aptitudes to apply Catholic theology to the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary world.
  • Suitable for graduates of most academic disciplines. 
  • Teaching is expected to take place on two weekday evenings a week, with the occasional Saturday study day.
  • The programme will include studies in Scripture, Doctrine, Christian Spirituality, Catholic Social Teaching, and Ethics.

Catholic School Leadership MA

Fee: £6,750

  • Integrating a Catholic philosophy of education with the principles and practice of outstanding school leadership.
  • Of interest to all who hold or are aiming for leadership positions at all levels in Catholic schools and colleges, including clergy, governors, chaplains and those involved in school administration.
  • Taught part-time, with Saturday sessions from 10am - 4pm. Lecture contact time is supplemented by an online discussion forum and bespoke one-to-one tutorials (either face-to-face, via Zoom, telephone or email correspondence).
  • Modules will include Catholic Education, Leadership and Management, Leadership for Learning, Research Methods and the Dissertation, and Spiritual and Theological Foundations.

Education: Leading Innovation and Change MA

Fee: £6,750

  • Enables current and aspiring middle and senior leaders to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership, whilst developing scholarly knowledge and linking theory with practice.
  • Open to teachers and other education professionals at all stages of their careers including: school administrators; chaplains; business managers; and librarians.
  • Taught part-time, with Saturday sessions from 10am - 4pm. Lecture contact time is supplemented by bespoke one-to-one tutorials (either face-to-face or via zoom) and regular email correspondence

Education: Pedagogy MA

Fee: £6,750

  • Supports schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture. Historically a high proportion of graduates from this degree gain promotion within two years.
  • Designed for anyone involved in teaching and learning, offering teachers and other education professionals including teaching assistants, mentors and librarians a choice of pathways related to their career.
  • Taught part-time, with Saturday sessions from 10am - 4pm. Lecture contact time is supplemented by bespoke one-to-one tutorials (either face-to-face or via zoom) and regular email correspondence

Education: Religious Education (RE) MA

Fee: £6,750

  • Advance your knowledge and career with a theoretical and practical approach to religious education.
  • Designed for anyone involved in teaching and learning, particularly teachers and other education professionals.
  • Taught part-time, with Saturday sessions from 10am - 4pm. Lecture contact time is supplemented by bespoke one-to-one tutorials (either face-to-face or via zoom) and regular email correspondence

 

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