Undergraduate Studies - Bachelor of Divinity

Conferred through Maryvale HIRS by Faculté Nôtre Dame in Paris

Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity

The Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity Programme part-time degree (by distance learning) programme in theology providing a comprehensive exposition and analysis of Christian doctrine based on the study of the sacred Scriptures, the works of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the documents of the Magisterium. This degree is established by the Holy See (which is a signatory to the 1999 Bologna Declaration) according to the norms governing Higher Institutes of Religious Sciences (HIRS) and is conferred through Maryvale HIRS by La Faculté Nôtre-Dame in Paris under the authority of the Holy See.

Who is the programme aimed at?

Students are typically from all walks of life, aged 18–75, married, single, and religious. Some have strong academic backgrounds; others have done little academic work since leaving school. The Programme provides an academic formation specialising in Catholic theology and also develops the religious formation of the students so that they may participate more fully in the life and mission of the Church.

The programme has two pathways:

Pathway A

This pathway is ideally suited to any adult Catholic capable of studying at undergraduate degree level who wishes to develop his or her theological education.

Pathway B

This pathway is ideally suited for:

  • Those people seeking to deepen their knowledge of the faith and serve the pastoral ministry of the Church
  • Those who are responding to the Church's call to become lay catechists in positions of responsibility and leadership
  • Candidates for the permanent diaconate who are sponsored by a diocese, and who may subsequently be ordained as permanent deacons, as well as those who have already been ordained as deacons.

See the tabs below for a clearer indication of the aims and content of the pathways

What are the entry requirements?

In general, entry to this degree programme is ‘open’ in the sense that no specific previous qualifications are needed but evidence will be sought of ability for degree level work and the application will need to be supported by appropriate references. The Programme is delivered in English and evidence of competence in the language may be required of those for whom English is not their mother tongue.

How long is the programme?

The Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity is a five year, part-time, distance learning degree programme.

Those who exit after satisfactorily completing two years are eligible for a Maryvale Certificate. Those who exit after satisfactorily completing four years will gain a Maryvale Diploma.

When does the next course start?

A new programme begins each September.

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome any time up to the first week of September.

To apply, download the application form here.

Disability support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Disability Support Form here and email it or post this to the Disability Support Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Coordinator by using the contact button below:


For further information

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Aims:

  • To provide a comprehensive academic formation in Catholic theology
  • To develop a critical sense and academic judgement so as to evaluate different theological positions
  • To help those participating to discover and realise their vocation in the Church
  • To nourish each person's spiritual life through the enlightenment that comes from revelation

Structure:

Programmes commence in September consisting of two residential weekends and one residential midweek period per year. Between residential periods students work from home, writing eight essays per year. Academic grades are based on the essays and an examination at the end of each year.

Content:

Modules of study are taken on:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Systematic Philosophy
  • Holy Scripture
  • Fundamental Theology
  • Dogmatic Theology
  • Moral Theology
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
  • Patrology and the History of the Church
  • Canon Law

Assessment:

Each module is assessed by the completion of one or more assignments and a written or oral examination.

Aims:

  • To provide a comprehensive doctrinal and theological formation together with an understanding of methodologies appropriate to the communication of God's revelation in Jesus Christ.
  • To help those participating to discover and realise their vocation in the Church
  • To nourish each person's spiritual life through the enlightenment that comes from revelation.

Structure:

Programmes commence in September consisting of two residential weekends and one residential midweek period per year. Students also undertake parish-based work related to ministry in the Church. Between residential periods students work from home, writing essays for a designated academic tutor and producing a portfolio of resources for pastoral ministry or catechesis. Academic grades are based on the assignments, a portfolio of applied work, and an examination at the end of each year.

Content:

Modules of study are taken on:

  • Fundamental Theology
  • Dogmatic Theology
  • Holy Scripture
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
  • History of Philosophy
  • Systematic Philosophy
  • Moral Theology
  • Patrology and the History of the Church
  • Canon Law
  • Transmission of the Faith

Assessment:

Each module is assessed by the completion of one or more assignments and a written or oral examination.

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