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Centre for Catechesis and Adult Formation

Maryvale offers a range of Certificate and Foundation courses in:

  • Catechesis and Ministry
  • Catholic Art
  • Chaplaincy Studies
  • New Testament Studies
  • Parish Ministry
  • Religious Education
  • The Teachings of Pope Francis
There are also useful parish or personal resources on offer...


Undergraduate Studies

Maryvale offers two Bachelors Programmes, as well as a Foundation Degree:

  • Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity - Validated by La Faculté Notre-Dame, Paris.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition - Leading to an Open University Validated award.


Postgraduate Studies

Maryvale offers two complementary programmes at postgraduate level:

  • Licence in Divinity: Pathway in Catechetical Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Catholic Applied Theology


Research Studies

The Institute's Research Degree provision (MPhil and PhD) 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.


Why Choose Maryvale?

Archbishop Bernard Longley's Welcome Address

His Grace Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and President of Maryvale Institute introduces Maryvale: "Since its establishment over 35 years ago as the Archdiocesan Centre for Catechetics and Adult Education, Maryvale has remained true to its founding mission to build up the Church by forming lay Catholics in a deeper knowledge of their faith. Over that time it has earned an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and its fidelity to the Catholic Church, and now provides courses at all levels to students from every part of the British Isles and around the world..."


About Distance Learning

Maryvale developed its learning method based on that pioneered by The Open University, and its success as an educational Institute has blossomed as a result of this choice. Part-time distance learning means that students can follow stimulating and complex courses of study leading to publicly-recognised awards whilst maintaining their existing vocational, family and work commitments.



Maryvale Institute recognises that every man and woman of every place, race and creed is ‘created in God’s image and called to know and love him’ (CCC 31), and that the equality of every person depends on this great, intrinsic dignity which rests above all on the fact that each person is called to communion with God (c.f.GS19). The Institute is committed to a policy of equal access for all its students living with disability or a health condition and will make provision wherever possible for students to be able to follow its courses.



Maryvale Institute has developed to become an international, distance-learning college offering adult courses from Adult Formation to PhD level in a range of Catholic Studies. Students completing one of the Centre for Catechesis and Adult Formation courses receive a Maryvale certificate. The Higher education courses are offered through Maryvale's valuable validation partnerships with Liverpool Hope University, The Open University and La Faculté Nôtre-Dame, Paris.


Student Feedback

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Other Information for Prospective Students:

Course Fees

Applicable to new students for courses commencing between August 2020 and July 2021. The level of course fees payable depends on whether you are an EU or a non-EU student.


Online Payments

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Regulations and Policies

Important information about Maryvale's Regulations and Policies including general regulations, programme regulations, fee payment, complaints & procedures and more...


Studying in English

All Maryvale programmes are delivered in English and evidence of competence in the language may be required of those for whom English is not their first language.


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