Discovering Carmel Certificate

  • Level 5 undergraduate course designed for students seeking a foundation in Carmelite Studies
  • Delivered fully online and available to study on a part-time or full-time basis
  • A modular course enabling students to choose from an extensive range of modules
  • A course that can also be tailored to suit the interests of groups or communities
  • Accredited by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland, with certificate awarded on completion of eight modules

Course Overview

The Discovering Carmel Certificate is a level 5 undergraduate course offering a foundation in various aspects of Carmelite Studies and is a wonderful introduction to the Carmelite spirituality, heritage and culture.
This short course is designed for individuals:

  • who are looking for a short ‘taster’ course 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)

As the course offers students the opportunity to study individual modules at their own pace, in a structured yet flexible approach, it is particularly suitable for those:

  • who want to continue working while studying, or
  • who 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 course full-time, which allows students to complete the course in a much shorter timeframe.

Course Structure

The course offers students the opportunity to study individual modules which are made available during semester periods only, and students usually 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 course : two in semester one and two in semester two.
The academic year comprises two twelve week semesters:

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

The course is delivered as a phased release of reading material made available through the CIBI website.


To complete the Discovering Carmel Certificate students must

  • Choose and study eight modules, and
  • Complete and submit a ten-question assessment at the end of each module

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Course Details

The certificate will be awarded on completion of eight modules.  Modules are divided into four categories, listed below.

1. The History of Carmel


2. The Spirituality of Carmel


3. Carmelite Across the Centuries


4. Contemporary Perspectives on Carmel


Each module comprises 5 units of content to be read and reflected upon. 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 one module on a part-time basis.


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

Fee details

  • Initial one-off registration fee €25 (non refundable)
  • €35 per module