- Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree, accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth
- Designed for students who wish to explore and deepen their knowledge of the Carmelite tradition
- Delivered fully online, and can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis
- Modular course combining mandatory modules and individually selected modules
This degree, which is in keeping with the Roman Catholic ethos of the Carmelite tradition, offers students the opportunity to study the essentials of a theological approach to the Christian life. The programme enables students to consider the rich heritage of the Carmelite tradition at a formal academic level and to achieve a deep understanding of Carmelite Theology, History and Spirituality.
The course offers students the opportunity to study individual modules at their own pace with a structured yet flexible approach. The range of topics studied provides the basis for candidates to engage critically in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to describe, present and critically engage with the principal elements of the Carmelite tradition.
The course also supports the development of important skills in academic research and practical writing and presentation at undergraduate level. Academic guidance is provided through individual assessment feedback, and formal training on the writing of academic essays.
The programme is ideal for those who have completed the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) and wish to continue their academic engagement in the field of Carmelite Studies. It is also a pathway to entry to the Master’s Degree in the specialised field of Carmelite Studies.
Modules are divided into three categories:
- Theological Foundations
- History and Tradition
- Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
Students must complete six modules in each of the three categories, along with an additional six modules across any category, making 24 modules in all. On completion of the mandatory modules in Theology, History, and Spirituality, students write a long essay. When the three long essays are completed, one further long essay (in any of the three categories) is also required. In addition to the mandatory modules, three further modules in each of the three sections is required. The remaining six modules may be chosen from any of the modules not already completed.
- T01: An Introduction to the New Testament
- T02: The Sacramental Basis of Christian Living
- T03: Faith and Revelation
- T04: Carmel and the People of God
- T05: An Introduction to Moral Theology
- T06: The Biblical Theology of the Practice of Faith
- T07: An Introduction to the Old Testament
- T09: Christology
- T10: Understanding the Charisms of Consecrated Life
- T11: The Synoptic Gospels/Matthew
- T12: Paul’s Letters
- T13: The Rebirth of the People of God: The Acts of the Apostles
- T14: The Prophets
- T15: The Pentateuch
- T16: The Mystery of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- T17: Penance and the Sacrament of the Sick
History and Tradition
- H01: Carmel: Development of the Tradition
- H02: The Origins of the Carmelite Family
- H03: Figures of Inspiration: Mary & Elijah
- H04: The Carmelite Charism: Exploring the Biblical Roots
- H05: Carmelite Reform and Renewal in the 16th Century
- H06: The Historical Founders of the Carmelites
- H07: The History of Female Contemplative Life & Recent Developments
- H08: The Compiègne Martyrs. Died by Guillotine July 17, 1794
- H09: The History of Carmelite Devotion
- H10: Church History: Early and Medieval Period
- H11: Church History: The Protestant Reformation and Modern Period
Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
- S01: St Teresa of Avila
- S02: St John of the Cross: Carmelite, Mystic, Poet
- S03: St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
- S04: St Thérèse of Lisieux
- S05: St Titus Brandsma
- S06: St Elizabeth of the Trinity
- S07: St Edith Stein
- S08: Saints Louis and Zélie Martin
- S09: St Albert of Jerusalem
- S10: St Thérèse of the Child Jesus as Revealed in Her Letters
- S11: St Teresa of Avila, Doctor of Prayer
- S12: St Elizabeth of the Trinity, Transformation and the Mystical Tradition
- S13: The Impact of God: A reading guide to St John of the Cross
- S14: St Elizabeth of the Trinity Reader of John of the Cross
- S15: The Mystical Poetry of Jessica Powers (1905-1988) Sr Miriam of the Holy Spirit
A module is delivered in the form of 16 units. The content of one unit is equivalent to approximately that delivered in a 45 minute lecture. Students will need to dedicate twice this amount of time to private reading beyond the material provided in the module.
The B.Th. (Carmelite Studies) is assessed as follows:
Questionnaire and short essays
- Each taught module is assessed by four ten-question questionnaires and one essay
- Each questionnaire is awarded 10% of the overall marks (4 x 10 = 40%)
- The final essay for each taught module is on an assigned topic and between 2,000-2,500 words long. The final essay in each module is awarded 60%
- Four long essays of between 6,000-7,500 words are required for the course. The four long essays are based on the mandatory modules in each of the three categories: Theological Foundation, History and Tradition and Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
- 1 long essay in Theological Foundations
- 1 long essay in History and Tradition
- 1 long essay in Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
- 1 further long essay in any of the three categories above
The course is delivered in the form of a phased release of reading material, facilitating a reflective approach to study and learning. The content is made available through the student portal on the CIBI website, and support is available through the administration team in CIBI.
We have two twelve week semesters each academic year and you can start the course in either semester:
- Semester 1: September – December
- Semester 2: January – April
Students normally complete two modules per semester (4 modules per academic year), so that the course is complete in seven and half years (15 semesters). Students who want to study the course full-time can complete the course in a shorter time-frame.
The 24 modules and four long essays must be completed within ten years of registration.
Exiting the course
Students registered for the BTh (CS) and who choose to exit the course prior to the final award, and who have completed the requirements of either of the two Exit Awards, may request the CIBI Academic Board to be conferred with either a Certificate in Theology (Carmelite Studies) or a Diploma in Theology (Carmelite Studies).
It is expected that students who achieve an overall second class honours grade in the BTh (CS) course, together with a mark of at least 65% in all four of the long essays, will be eligible to proceed to the Masters in Theology (Carmelite Studies). Students who receive at least 65% in two of the four long essays may be eligible to proceed to the MTh (CS) upon approval of the Academic Board.
Applicants will normally have completed second-level education (equivalent to National University of Ireland Matriculation) but applicants 23 years of age or over on January 1st of the year of registration for the BTh (CS) and who do not fulfil the normal matriculation requirements may apply for matriculation on the basis of mature years
The Baccalaureate in Theology (Carmelite Studies) is accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth.
The Honours BTh (CS) course requires a total of 180 credits.
Exemptions may be granted for up to three taught modules on equivalent modules completed elsewhere, subject to the approval of the Director of Studies.
- Initial one-off registration fee of €50 (non-refundable)
- Module fee €120 per module
- Long Essay fee €295 per long essay
- Should the Director of Studies permit a student to re-submit a failed assignment, a re-submission fee will apply.
At first, I was intimidated by the idea of an online course, but I can confidently say this was an amazing learning experience
There were times when I found it a real struggle to find the time to engage with the assignments due to the, at times, heavy demands of full time job and supporting a young family. However, due to the way the distance learning course is structured, with very supportive tutors – flexible in their approach, I managed to complete the course.
The course modules fulfilled both academic and formative expectations. I have found in them depth and substance, reflective of the scholarly effort of the module authors and tutors. I found the delivery of and the content of the modules to be very well structured and user-friendly. While awaiting the clock-work release of the module reading and questionnaires, my anticipation heightened with tackling each block of units and questionnaire.