Discovering Carmel Certificate

Discovering Carmel Certificate is:

  • A level 5 undergraduate Certificate course
  • Designed as an initial level course for students who are seeking a foundation in Carmelite Studies
  • Delivered through the CIBI Website
  • As a part-time or full-time course
  • 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

Course Overview for the Discovering Carmel Certificate

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

The course 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 course full-time, which allows students to complete the course in a much shorter timeframe.
The course 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.

Course Structure

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


To complete the Discovering Carmel Certificate course students must

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

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Course Details


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

Programme A: The History of Carmel


Programme B:The Spirituality of Carmel.


Programme C: Carmelite Across the Centuries.


Programme D: Contemporary Perspectives on Carmel.


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:

  • Module fee €35 per module