Study With Us - Independent Study

Relective Personal or Parish Study for the Year of Mercy and Beyond

Independent Study

Responding to the requests of alumni who want to continue learning at their own pace, Maryvale now provides a series of stand-alone modules for study. These can simply be audited, or a Maryvale Certificate award can be gained by completing a single written assignment for each module studied.

Independent study is also for individuals or groups wishing to study modules from the Certificate in Studies in the Catechism, and the Certificate in New Testament Studies without the restriction of deadlines or attendance at study days.

Modules available at the moment are:

  1. 1. Introduction to Philosophy

    This module introduces philosophical issues of importance to Christian faith, and fundamental concepts in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The key encyclical on this issue, Fides et Ratio by John Paul II is examined and there is a brief overview of the history of philosophy in order to introduce you to key thinkers and ideas. The vital role philosophy has to play in catechesis, evangelization and dialogue with contemporary culture is examined.

  2. 2. Introduction to Canon Law

    This module aims both to equip students with the necessary intellectual and practical tools to use ecclesiastical law as one expression of the mystery of the Church and to enable students to deepen their understanding of the various obligations and rights of the laity, especially in the particular Church to which they belong. The module investigates how the Codex Iuris Canonici (Code of Canon Law) of 1983 is faithful to the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and its intention to renew Christian living.

  3. 3. The Catholics of Scotland

    This introduction to the history of the Catholic Church in Scotland covers the period from the Celtic Church to the restoration of episcopal hierarchy and Catholic emancipation. That is, from the year 563 when St Columba and twelve companions founded a monastery of scattered huts on the island of Iona, to 1878 when the peace-making role of Charles Eyre made it possible for an episcopal hierarchy to be proclaimed for Scotland with little fuss.

  4. 4. RCIA Catechesis

    This module is intended for catechists involved or intending to be involved, in RCIA in their parishes. Prior catechetical formation is necessary. The module provides a solid foundation for understanding the different catechetical, pastoral, and liturgical dimensions of the RCIA process based on the Rites. Methods for communicating and planning effectively and for using the key sources for developing RCIA catechesis are given, as well as an explanation of the different responsibilities of those involved in RCIA and of how to equip oneself to meet these responsibilities.

Study Guides to Papal Teaching Documents

  1. Redemptor Hominis (Christ, the Redeemer of Man, 1979)
  2. Dives in Misericordia (God the Father, Rich in Mercy, 1980)
  3. Familiaris Consortio (The Family in the Modern World, 1985)
  4. Dominum et Vivificantem (The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life, 1986)
  5. Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth, 1993)
  6. Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, 1995)
  7. Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason, 1998)
  8. Ecclesia de Eucharistia (The Church of the Eucharist, 2003)
  9. Deus Caritas Est (God is Love, 2005)

Study Guides to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

  1. Faith & Revelation; the Creed: God the Father
  2. The Creed: God the Son, God the Holy Spirit
  3. Liturgy & Sacraments
  4. Introduction to Morality
  5. The Ten Commandments
  6. Prayer

Study Guides to the New Testament

  1. 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  2. 1 and 2 Corinthians
  3. The Gospel of St Matthew
  4. The Gospel of St Mark
  5. Galatians and Romans
  6. The Gospel of St Luke
  7. The Acts of the Apostles
  8. The Prison Letters of St Paul: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Philemon
  9. The Gospel of St John
  10. 1 and 2 Peter, James, Jude

How do I apply?

For an application form, click 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:


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