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Licence in Divinity: Pathway in Catechetical Sciences
Licence in Divinity: Pathway in Catechetical Sciences
The Licence in Divinity: Pathway in Catechetical Sciences is a qualification of the Holy See, distinct from an STL, and has been offered by Maryvale Institute since 2012. The Licence in Catechetics is awarded through Maryvale’s Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (HIRS) and validated by the theology faculty of the Ecole Cathedrale of Paris (Faculté Notre Dame de Paris). It is a 12 month, part-time, distance-learning programme.
It is intended for those in leadership positions in catechetics and in other positions of responsibility. For example, the Licence in Catechetics is especially suited to:
Admission to the Licence in Catechetics programme is available for all those who have the Ecclesiastical B.Divinity, or an equivalent qualification. To gain the Licence in Catechetics, students first complete a Master of Arts in Catholic Applied Theology (Religious Education and Catechesis) at the Institute.
The Masters programme will take 30 months to complete, the Licence in Catechetics will take an additional 12 months.
The programme enrols new students each January
Admission to the Licence in Catechetics programme is available for all those who have the Ecclesiastical B.Divinity, or an equivalent qualification. To gain the Licence, students first complete an Master of Arts in Catholic Applied Theology (Religious Education and Catechesis) at the Institute. They then spend a year studying three specialist modules. These focus on:
While the vast majority of study is undertaken at home, 3 residential weekends at the Institute support these three modules of study and prepare the students for an oral defence of their MA dissertation which occurs at the end of the Licence in Catechetics year.**
**In response to restrictions imposed and uncertainties raised by Covid-19, Maryvale Institute will conduct all residentials and study days online until 31 July 2021 in the first instance. The situation will be monitored and reviewed regularly for course delivery after this time.**
Each module in the Licence in Catechetics year is assessed through a written assignment of 6,000-8,000 words. The final piece of work undertaken for the Licence in Catechetics is an oral defence of the MA dissertation. This consists in a presentation and evaluation of the potential relevance and impact of their dissertation.
The assignments are weighted as follows:
The Licence in Catechetics is a postgraduate ecclesiastical degree, distinct from an STL, which is awarded through Maryvale’s Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (HIRS) and validated by the theology faculty of the Ecole Cathedrale of Paris (Faculté Notre Dame de Paris) on behalf of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome.
The level of course fees payable depends on whether you are a UK/EU or a non-EU student. Please ensure that you refer to the appropriate section on the
Applications are welcome up to the first week of January. Please download an application form from the link below and send to the programme administrator at the email address on the application form along with the required supporting documents (transcripts, references and supporting statement) and the application fee. You will be notified within 4 weeks of the outcome of your application.
A non-returnable application fee of £50 is required when making application for this course. Details of course fees can be found here, where you will also find a link to the Institute policy on the payment of fees.
If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the
To make an enquiry to the Licence in Catechetics Administrator, click on the Course Contact Form button below:
Reflections from the January 2019 Licence in Catechetics Study Weekend
Students particularly appreciated:
Licence in Catechetics Students - 2019
- “[The] friendly and approachable nature of the lecturer, and the informal atmosphere that promoted engagement and participation [on the Introductory session]."
- "[The] openness and friendly nature of the session [on The Divine Word: Culture And Exegesis]."
"[I found the course] very beneficial, it gave me a greater insight to other aspects of the faith including the contribution which catechesis provides."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2018
"Many thanks for offering this superb course."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2018
"I derived a sense of achievement after completing the course."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2018
"I would recommend the Licence to MA students … I reflect upon the spiritual, theological, practical journey here at Maryvale and I know that it has enriched my life."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2016-2017
"Detailed, encouraging, challenging, practical and enjoyable."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2016-2017
"There is no substitute for this kind of experience, with the insight, encouragement and helpful criticism of colleagues and professors."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2016-2017
"It is always a blessing to come together to share, discuss, challenge and support each other. Thank you for designing our programme of study so thoughtfully and thoroughly."Licence in Catechetics Student - 2016-2017
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