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Revd Dr Ashley Beck

Senior Lecturer - Pastoral Ministry
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This certificate will give students a thorough introduction at an advanced level to the principles, history and application of Catholic Social Teaching.

Why study Catholic Social Teaching?

Catholic Social Teaching is an increasingly important element in Christian moral teaching, valued across different churches. This course will be the first whole 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 has a Catholic ethos. 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.

Teaching methods

The certificate will be taught by means of weekly lectures or seminars, together with online support.

Assessment methods

There will be two modules in this programme. In each case students will be assessed by means of a 5,000 word essay assignment. In the first module there will also be a shorter piece of written work; in the second students will give presentations which will be assessed.

Key facts

  • This is the only complete programme in Catholic Social Teaching taught face to face in the UK and Ireland.
  • World events, the increasing importance of social teaching in the churches and the public profile of Pope Francis make this a good time to study this subject.
  • The ethos and history of St Mary's make it the best possible place to study this programme.

Course content


  • Catholic Social Teaching Applied 
  • Principles and History of Catholic Social Teaching 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

This qualification will be a good starting point for further postgraduate study in Catholic Social Teaching. It will be particularly valuable for students hoping to work as teachers, or in charities and the voluntary sector.

It will also be appropriate for people working in business and the statutory sector (e.g. in relation to housing, welfare, development aid). It is suited to permanent deacons in the Catholic Church who are expected to have a specialist knowledge of this subject. It will also be appropriate for other clergy, lay ministers and catechists in the Catholic Church and other churches.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £4,100
International: Tier 4 Visa not accepted
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The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

If additional costs are incurred students will be notified in good time. For more details contact

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