Programme

Programme

Masters in Theology (Carmelite Studies)

Key details

Master’s Degree in Theology (Carmelite Studies) MTh (CS) is:

  • A Master’s Degree – Level 9
  • Designed for students who,
    • (a) having completed the BTh (Carmelite Studies) wish to deepen their engagement of the
      Carmelite tradition, or
    • (b) who are eligible to progress from other BTh or cognate programmes.
  • Delivered through the CIBI Website
  • A part-time or full-time degree programme
  • A modular programme combining obligatory modules and individually selected modules
  • Accredited by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Programme Overview

The Master’s in Theology (Carmelite Studies) is a level nine, postgraduate degree programme offered by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland. The programme is aimed at those who
wish to deepen their knowledge of the Carmelite tradition. It is guided by experts in the field who can bring the riches of this lived tradition to people from all walks of life.  The programme makes the heritage of the Carmelite family available at Master’s level across the English-speaking world and enables Carmelite Friars, Nuns, Sisters, Lay Carmelites and others, to deepen their engagement with, and academic understanding of, the Carmelite charism. The programme is in keeping with the Roman Catholic ethos of the Carmelite tradition and is open to those of all faiths and none. Its purpose is to introduce students to postgraduate studies in Carmelite Studies in a way that will enable them to engage in, and contribute to, academic and critical debate in the field of Carmelite Studies.

The MTh (CS) is designed for individuals:

  • who do not have a Master’s-level qualification
  • who wish to engage further in the study of the Carmelite tradition at Master’s-level.
  • who have already completed the equivalent of a BTh qualification in a cognate discipline and at least 12 modules of the BTh (Carmelite Studies) with the required grades and marks, and wish to continue their academic engagement in the field of Carmelite Studies and to bring their studies to Master’s-level.
  •  who have completed the equivalent of 12 modules of the BTh (Carmelite Studies) programme and can demonstrate a required level of complementary experience or learning by other means.

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. The range of subject areas on offer will provide the background for candidates to engage critically in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world. Students who successfully
complete this programme will be able to describe, present and critically engage with the principal elements of the Carmelite tradition.

Programme Structure

The degree is structured to allow eligible students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in theology, spirituality or a cognate discipline, to develop their skills to the level of a Master’s qualification. Students will study the essential elements of a theological approach to the Christian life, and to the living of the Carmelite charism in particular, at postgraduate level. If familiarises student with the normative disciplines in the field of Carmelite Studies, including contemporary studies in theology, history, spirituality and hagiography.

Students are expected to conform to the norms of contemporary scholarship in relation to the history, tradition and approach to prayer associated with the Carmelite charism, and with the Saints
and Blessed of Carmel.

In addition, the programme is designed to help students to develop essential skills for academic research, practical writing and presentation at postgraduate level. Academic guidance is provided
through individual assessment(s), feedback and formal training in the writing of academic essays.
Email support is available to students through the CIBI office

The academic year is structured in two twelve-week semesters:

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

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. Modules must normally be completed within the twelve-week semester.
There are two entry points to the programme aligned with each semester: early September and early December.
The programme is delivered in the form of a phased release of reading material made available through the CIBI website.
To complete the MTh (CS) programme, students must:

  •  Read and study four taught modules, completing all the necessary assignments, and
  •  Complete the dissertation module, and
  •  Write a dissertation.

Assessment

The Master’s Degree in Theology (Carmelite Studies) is assessed as follows:

  • Formative Assessment, Questionnaires and Essays
    Each taught module is assessed by one Formative Assessment and two ten-question questionnaires and an essay. Each questionnaire is awarded 10% of the overall marks (2x 10 = 20%).
    The final essay for each taught module is on an assigned topic and between 4,000-4,500 words long. The final essay in each module is awarded 80%
  • Dissertation Module (MTh [CS] 99)
    Students who have completed both of the obligatory taught modules and two other taught modules may proceed to the dissertation module, provided they have achieved an average mark of at least 60% for the four taught modules. Such students are required to complete the dissertation module to the satisfaction of the tutor before beginning their dissertation.
  • Dissertation 
    Having successfully completed the dissertation module (MTh [CS] 99) and having had their dissertation proposal approved, each student’s will be assigned a
    supervisor by the Director of Studies who will direct the writing of their 15,000- word MTh (CS) dissertation. The topic, and the title of the dissertation, shall be clearly and explicitly in the field of Carmelite Studies.If students fail to have their proposed dissertation approved within two semesters of beginning the dissertation module, MTh (CS) 99, they shall be deemed to have
    failed to complete the MTh (Carmelite Studies) programme as a whole.A 15,000-word MTh (Carmelite Studies) dissertation on the topic of their approved proposal is written by the student in consultation with their assigned academic supervisor.

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Programme Details

Modules

Students must complete four modules:

  • Two obligatory Modules and
  • Two modules chosen from those modules available in the relevant semester or semesters

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Module Titles

In view of the need to constantly develop and update the curriculum, and the possibility that some modules or tutors may become unavailable, CIBI reserves the right to replace any of the taught
modules, or their tutors, with an equivalent module or tutor.

Units

A module is delivered in the form of 10 units to be read and studied. The units are directed towards
the assigned reading, which needs to be carefully studied and critically interpreted in order to
address the questions posed in the questionnaires

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Credits

The MTh (CS) programme requires a total of 90 credits.

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Duration

Students normally complete at least one module per semester and the dissertation module combined with dissertation itself are usually completed in two semesters, so that the programme is normally completed in six semesters. Students who want to study the programme full-time will be able to complete the programme in a shorter time-frame, perhaps two years.

Students must complete their studies, the four taught modules, the dissertation module and the writing of a dissertation, within four years of registering for the programme. Special permission from the Director of Studies is required to validate a student’s registration for a further year, after which a student’s registration in the programme will be deemed to have lapsed.

Admission Criteria

Students who achieve an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60% or above) in the Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies), together with a mark of 65% or above in the four long essays will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies).

Students who receive an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60% or above) in the Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies), together with an overall mark of 65% or above in two of the four long essays, may, or may not, be deemed eligible by the Academic Board of the Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies).

Students who receive an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60% or above) in another BTh (or equivalent) will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies).

Those who have completed an undergraduate programme in a cognate discipline, and who have also achieved an overall second class honours, grade 1, in twelve modules of the Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies), having completed all the requirement assessments, will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies).

In exceptional circumstances, students who have achieved a second class honours grade 1 in the twelve modules of the Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies) or their equivalent but do not hold a primary degree may be admitted to the MTh (Carmelite Studies) provided that they can demonstrate equivalent prior experiential, formal or certificated learning. In each case an application for Accreditation of Prior Learning, Accreditation of Prior Formal Learning, Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning, or a combination of these, must be submitted to the CIBI office on application.

Students who are deemed to have insufficient formal study of Carmel will be requested to undertake the study of some modules of the BTh (Carmelite Studies) programme, before being admitted to the MTh (Carmelite Studies) programme.

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Accreditation

The Master’s degree in Theology (Carmelite Studies) is accredited by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Application Details

The current fees structure is as follow:

  • Application fee €75.00 (Non-refundable)
  • Taught Module fee €425.00 per module
  • Dissertation Proposal fee €525.00
  • Dissertation fee €525.00 per semester
  • Should the Director of Studies permit a student to re-submit a failed assignment, a re-submission fee will apply.

 

PROGRAMME REGULATIONS 24th January 2016.

The Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)

Master’s Degree in Theology (Carmelite Studies)

Accredited by St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth

 The Master’s Degree in Theology (Carmelite Studies), MTh(CS) for short, will allow those students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in theology, spirituality or a cognate discipline, or who have completed the proposed BTh (Carmelite Studies) with the required grades and marks or who have already completed the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland’s Diploma in Carmelite Studies (and can demonstrate the required level of complementary experience or learning by other means), to develop their skills to the level of a Masters level qualification. The programme is open to those of all faiths and none but, in keeping with the Roman Catholic ethos of the Carmelite tradition, it is designed to be informed by the normative disciplines of Roman Catholic Theology. Its purpose is to introduce students to postgraduate studies in Carmelite Studies in a way that will enable them to engage in, and contribute to, academic and critical debate in the field of Carmelite Studies. The programme is designed for three specific groups. Firstly, it is designed to offer postgraduate level formation in the field of Carmelite Studies to those who might not be able to attend a full-time programme due to their work commitments, vocation (enclosed Carmelite nuns, for example) or some other reason. Secondly, it is designed to allow the considerable number of students who already have the equivalent of a BTh qualification in a cognate discipline, and who have already completed the CIBI Diploma in Carmelite Studies, to continue their academic engagement in the field of Carmelite Studies and bring them to Masters level. Thirdly, it is designed to allow those who students who will complete the proposed BTh (Carmelite Studies) with the required level of competence to proceed directly to Masters-level studies in that field.

The programme makes the heritage of the Carmelite family available at Graduate level across the English-speaking world in a part-time, internet-based mode of engagement/delivery. It will enable students to equip themselves with the relevant skills and critical expertise for academic or formation work in this field. Although students will not need to attend a particular campus and will continue with their previous commitments, the programme will enable them to engage in an appropriately critical and academic manner with the material in a manner that maintains the standards of practice typical of third level institutions. Students will be required to engage seriously, and in keeping with the normative standards of academic best practice, with the history, tradition and spirituality of Carmel. Their studies will equip them to engage critically in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world and to play a leading role in the formation or training of others interested in the field of Carmelite Studies. Compared to an equivalent full-time qualification, the part-time nature of the programme means that, in general, it will take considerably longer (perhaps between four and five years altogether) for students to complete the MTh (Carmelite Studies). The slower pace of the studies allows students to remain in their particular places of ministry, in their monasteries, or in their particular locations (sometimes far removed from any academic campus) and to allow a more measured engagement with the material in keeping with their particular way of life.

The aim of this programme is to enable students to explore, discover and study the essential elements of a theological approach to the Christian life, and to the living of the Carmelite charism in particular, at postgraduate level. It will familiarise students with the normative academic disciplines in the field of Carmelite Studies, including contemporary studies in theology, history, spirituality and hagiography. Students will be expected to conform to the norms of contemporary scholarship in relation to the history, tradition and approach to prayer associated with the Carmelite charism, and with the Saints and Blesseds of Carmel. Having studied the material presented, having engaged with it and having presented their critical understanding, students will receive feedback that will help them to hone their skills with a view to becoming competent and relatively independent scholars in the field of Carmelite Studies.

Admission Criteria.

Those who achieve an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60 or above) in the proposed BTh (Carmelite Studies), together with a mark of 65 or above in the four long essays, will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies). Those who receive an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60 or above) in the proposed BTh (Carmelite Studies), together with a mark of 65 or above in two of the four long essays may be deemed eligible by the Academic Board of the BTh (Carmelite Studies). Those who achieve an overall second class honours, grade 1 (60 or above) in a BTh (or equivalent) will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies). Those who have completed an undergraduate programme in a cognate discipline, and who have also achieved an overall second class honours, grade 1, in the Diploma in Carmelite Studies that is part of the proposed BTh (Carmelite Studies) programme will be eligible to proceed to the MTh (Carmelite Studies).

In exceptional circumstances, students who have achieved a second class honours grade 1 in CIBI’s Diploma in Carmelite Studies but who do not have a primary degree may be admitted to the MTh (Carmelite Studies) provided that they can demonstrate equivalent prior experiential, formal or certificated learning. In each case an application for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, Accreditation of Prior Formal Learning, Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning, or a combination of these, must be submitted to the CIBI office on application.

Programme Structure.

All CIBI programmes are delivered in the form of a phased delivery of reading material made available through the CIBI website (www.cibi.ie). All communication between the CIBI office and students is electronic and copies of all such communication are maintained in the CIBI office. The academic year will consist of two twelve-week semesters, the first running from mid-September till mid-December, and the second from early-January until late-April/early-May. Unless the Academic Board determines otherwise, each taught module will last for one semester and will be taught during the semester periods only, rather than being ongoing throughout the year.

All students must complete the two compulsory modules, MTh(CS)01 ˜The History of Christian Spirituality’ and MTh(CS)02˜Carmelite Historiography’. The third and fourth taught modules may be chosen from those available in the relevant semester or semesters. Provided that a candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the CIBI Director of Studies that they have successfully completed an equivalent module elsewhere, an exemption on either the third or fourth taught module may be granted. Students choose their taught modules from those on offer during the period of their registration. In view of the need to constantly develop and update the curriculum, and the possibility that some modules or tutors may become unavailable, any of the taught modules, or their tutors, may be replaced with equivalent modules or tutors. Students who have completed both compulsory taught modules and two other taught modules of 15 credits each (60 credits in total) may proceed to the dissertation module, MTh(CS)99, provided they achieve an average mark of at least 60% for the four taught modules. Having successfully completed the dissertation module, MTh(CS)99, and provided their proposed dissertation has been approved, they will be assigned a supervisor by the Director of Studies who will direct the writing of their 15,000-word MTh dissertation of 30 credits on the topic chosen by students in consultation with their academic supervisor. This topic, and the title of the dissertation, shall be clearly and explicitly in the field of Carmelite Studies. Should they fail to have their proposed dissertation approved within two semesters of beginning the dissertation module, MTh(CS)99, they shall be deemed to have failed to complete the MTh (Carmelite Studies) programme as a whole.

Candidates will usually take at least one taught module per semester, which would enable them to normally complete their three taught modules in three semesters. Students, however, may take more than one module in a semester but they are advised that the demands of the taught modules are such that they are not recommended to undertake more than one taught module in any semester. Because of the modular, part-time, and distance learning nature of the programme, students are not required to take a module every semester. However, students must complete their studies, the four taught modules and their dissertation, within four years of registering for the programme. Special permission from the Director of Studies will be required to validate a student’s registration for a further year, after which a student’s registration in the programme will be deemed to have lapsed.

Each taught module is assessed by two questionnaires and a final written assessment on an assigned topic of between 4,000 and 4,500 words. Both the answers to the questionnaires and the final written assessment are submitted to the Turnitin website to ensure that any plagiarism issues are addressed and all correspondence is conducted via the Institute’s office in Dublin. In each module, each of the two questionnaires is awarded 10% of the overall marks, the other 80% being awarded for the final essay.

Fee Schedule:

  • Non-refundable application fee is €50.00
  • Fee for each taught module is €420.00

Before students who have completed six taught modules are allowed to proceed to the Dissertation module, they must pay the non-refundable Dissertation Proposal Preparation fee. In the semester following the payment of the Proposal Preparation fee, an advisor will be assigned to advise the student on drawing up their dissertation proposal, which must be approved by the adviser and by another independent assessor before the proposal can be registered. Once their dissertation proposal has been registered, students pay a fee each semester until they complete and submit their dissertation for assessment.

  • Dissertation Proposal fee is €525.00
  • Dissertation Semester fee is €525.00 per semester.

Re-enrolment fee €105.00 (following leave from the programme. Please note the programmes will be completed within five years of enrolment) Resubmission Fee; Essay €105.00 and Questionnaire €50.00 (Where a student fails to reach the required mark for a paper and is required to re-submit a paper) Repeat module fee €300.00 (Where a student does not reach the required mark for the module and is required to repeat the module)