PGCert Catholic Social Teaching

Taught Higher Degree, Part-time

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  • 1 Years
  • Part Time
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Aimed at those who are actively engaged in promoting social justice and the common good, together with those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Church’s tradition of social justice, the Professional Graduate Certificate / PostGraduate Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching support the critically reflective study of Catholic Social Teaching.

During the part-time programme you will study the principles of Catholic Social Teaching in its historical, political and ethical contexts, and explore the theologies of God, human personhood and the wider community of creation. You will also have the opportunity to undertake theological reflection on Catholic social thought in relation to your own professional and life experience. The programme will therefore help to support and sustain your own engagement and activism as well as giving you a formal academic qualification.

What does the course cover?

The taught modules will give you the opportunity to study the foundations of Catholic Social Teaching in the Scriptures and in the Church’s theology of justice and the common good through history. The course covers the relationship of Catholic Social Teaching to important political philosophies, such as liberalism, conservatism and socialism. This will include a study of theologies of work and engagement with the ethical application of theologies of justice and the common good to issues like the environment, family life and human rights.

Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to reflect on how you can draw on the inspiration of Catholic Social Teaching and contemporary Catholic social thinking in your community and your own vocational commitments.


The Certificates are delivered through blended learning, involving a small number of intensive teaching blocks, supplemented by online interaction.

Entry Requirements

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email:

ContactDr Louise Hickman(Programme Leader, Postgraduate Theology) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2234) Email:


Course Fees

UK/EU Students - 2017 entry £940, 2018/19 entry £950

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


As a part-time postgraduate student, you will study a total of 60 credits. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and they are listed below. Modules are 20 credits each.