Discovering Carmel Certificate

Key details

Discovering Carmel Certificate is:

  • A level 5 undergraduate Certificate programme
  • Designed as an initial level programme for students who are seeking a foundation in Carmelite Studies
  • Delivered through the CIBI Website
  • As a part-time or full-time programme
  • A modular programme enabling students to choose from an extensive range of modules
  • A programme that can also be tailored to suit the interests of groups or communities
  • Accredited by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland

Programme Overview

The Discovering Carmel Certificate programme is a level 5 undergraduate programme offering a foundation in various aspects of Carmelite Studies. This initial level programme will introduce
students to the Carmelite spirituality, heritage and culture.
The Discovering Carmel Certificate programme is designed for individuals:

  • who are looking for a short ‘taster’ programme in Carmelite Studies or
  • who wish to study the Carmelite tradition for the first time or
  • who wish to acquire Certificate-level qualification in Carmelite Studies (level 5)

The programme is designed for those who want to continue working while studying, or for someone who may not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers, or who may not have
the time to commute to and from lectures daily. We also welcome students who want to study the programme full-time, which allows students to complete the programme in a much shorter timeframe.
The programme offers students the opportunity to read and study individual modules at their own pace in a structured yet flexible approach on a part-time or full-time basis.

Programme Structure

The programme offers students the opportunity to read and study individual modules which are made available during semester periods only and, normally students register for more than one
module in a semester. It generally takes six weeks to complete a module. There are four entry points to the programme: two in semester one and two in semester two.
The academic year is measured in two twelve week semesters:

  • Semester 1: September – December
  • Semester 2: January – April.

The programme is delivered in the form of a phased release of reading material made available
through the CIBI website.


To complete the Discovering Carmel Certificate programme, students must

  • Read and study eight modules, and
  • Complete a ten-question questionnaire at the end of each module

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Programme Details


Students may select eight modules from the Discovering Carmel Certificate programme.

Carmelite History and Tradition: Module Titles.

  • DC01 Who are the Carmelites?
  • DC02 The Rule of St Albert.
  • DC03 Elijah in the Carmelite Tradition.
  • DC04 Mary in the Carmelite Tradition.
  • DC08 Scripture in the Carmelite Tradition.
  • DC09 Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition.
  • DC16 The Teresian Reform.
  • DC22 The OCarm Charism from 1950.
  • DC23 The OCD Charism in the 20th Century.
  • DC26 The Carmelite nuns and sisters, past and present.
  • DC30 The Carmelite Family in the 14th Century.
  • DC31 Carmel in Britain & Ireland, the Beginnings.
  • DC32 The Third/Secular Order from 1900.
  • DC33 The History of Carmel in Zimbabwe.
  • DC35 Female Contemplative Life and Recent Developments.
  • DC42 Who Founded the Carmelites?

Significant Carmelites: Module Titles.

  • DC11 Madam Acarie (Blessed Mary of the Incarnation).
  • DC15 St Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church.
  • DC17 Blessed John Soreth.
  • DC18 John of St Samson.
  • DC19 Saint Raphael Kalinowski.
  • DC20 Jacques de Jésud-Au Revoire les elfant.
  • DC21 Blessed Lawrence of the Resurrection.
  • DC24 Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity.
  • DC25 Blessed Titus Brandsma.
  • DC27 St Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church.
  • DC28 St Teresa of the Andes.
  • DC29 St Edith Stein: Spirituality of the Cross and Holocaust.
  • DC34 Some Themes from the Writing of St Teresa of Avila.
  • DC36 St John of the Cross.
  • DC37 Spirituality and Social Justice-Isidore Bokanja.
  • DC38 Women in Carmel (Teresa, Thérése, Elizabeth and Edith).
  • DC40  Saint Albert of Jerusalem.


Aspects of Carmelite Spirituality: Module Titles.

  • DC05 What is Spirituality?
  • DC06 The Carmelite School of Spirituality OCarm.
  • DC07 The Carmelite School of Spirituality: Teresian perspective.
  • DC10 Living in God Presence.
  • DC12 Formation in Carmel.
  • DC13 Carmel & Interfaith Dialogue.
  • DC14 Psychology & Carmelite Spirituality.
  • DC39 Carmelite Commitment to Justice and Peace.
  • DC41 Liturgy.
  • DC43 The Charism of Consecrated Life.



A module is delivered in the form of 5 units to be read and studied. The content of one unit is equivalent to approximately that delivered in a 45 minute lecture.

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It generally takes six weeks to complete a module on a part-time basis.


The Discovering Carmel Certificate is accredited by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland.

Application Details

The current fees structure is as follow:

  • Application fee €30
  • Module fee €30 per module