Research Degrees (M.Phil & Ph.D) in Catholic Studies.
Maryvale's 2009-2010 Bulletin of Research and Academic Development can be downloaded here.
The inaugral collection Occasional Papers by Maryvale staff is also available for download here.
These papers originated in Maryvale's Academic Forums which are open to Maryvale Staff and research Students.
The Institute's Research Degree provision (M.Phil and Ph.D) is offered through Liverpool Hope University and offers supervision in programmes of research in the area of Catholic Studies, including history, literature, philosophy, spirituality, theology, Newman studies and religious education and catechesis.
A Masters degree is usually required for registration for a research degree. The Institute will also consider the admission of students whose academic attainments can be judged equivalent to this as preparation for advanced research.
Those accepted for a research degree devote at least twelve hours each week to study. The researcher will have the guidance of two scholars, knowledgeable in the chosen field of research and with experience of research supervision. Students have regular contact with their supervisors, and also spend approximately two weeks each summer at the Institute and at Liverpool Hope University, working with their supervisors and other research students on their research area and skills. Students normally complete their research within four to five years.
The degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy will be awarded after the examining scholars have been assured that students have an appropriate level of knowledge in the field and are thoroughly competent in the work of independent research. This is done by the examination of a thesis of appropriate length and a viva voce oral examination.
The application process has two stages:
1. the initial application to Maryvale, with a fee of £85, concluding with an interview;
2. a period of supported preparation of between 3 months and a year, with a fee of £295, which concludes with a formal approval of the research proposal by the Institute’s Research Committee and the completion of the University’s application forms for their approval.
An Information Pack is available for download here.
An Application Pack is available for download here