- Level 7 Special Purpose award accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth
- Designed for students who wish to explore and deepen their knowledge of the Carmelite tradition
- An opportunity for students to study the Spirituality associated with the Carmelite charism (and is not designed to provide training for spiritual direction)
- Delivered fully online, and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis
- Completed through a combination of six mandatory and six individually selected modules
The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies), which is in keeping with the Roman Catholic ethos of the Carmelite tradition, offers students the opportunity to study the rich heritage of the Carmelite tradition at a formal academic level and to achieve a proficient level of competence in Carmelite History, Spirituality and Saints.
The range of topics studied provides a basis for candidates to engage knowledgeably in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world. Graduates of this course will be able to describe, present and engage with the principal elements of the Carmelite tradition.
The course also supports the development of important skills in academic research and practical writing at undergraduate level. Academic guidance is provided through individual assessment feedback, and instruction on the writing of academic essays.
To be awarded the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) students study 12 modules (six mandatory modules plus six additional modules). Modules are drawn from two categories:
- The history and traditions of Carmel
- Carmel Saints and Blesseds, and their approach to prayer and Christian living
|H02: The Origins of the Carmelite Family
|S01: St Teresa of Avila
|H03: Figures of Inspiration: Mary and Elijah
|S04: St Thérèse of Lisieux
|H05: Carmelite Reform and Renewal in the 16th Century
|S05: St Titus Brandsma
Students choose three modules from the History and Tradition section and three modules from the Saints and Blesseds section:
History and Tradition
Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
Each module is assessed through a mix of continuous assessment (ten questions after every four units) and a final essay (2,000-2,500 words).
- Each questionnaire is awarded 10% of the total marks (4 x 10 = 40%).
- The essay is awarded 60% of the total mark.
(A module consists 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 course is delivered fully online in the form of a phased release of reading material, facilitating a reflective approach to study and learning.
We have two thirteen week semesters each academic year and you can start the course in either semester:
- Semester 1: September – December
- Semester 2: January – April
The twelve modules of the course must be completed within six years of registration.
On successful completion of the programme the graduate should be able to:
- Exhibit a knowledge and understanding of the more significant topics, figures and sources relating to studies in the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
- Identify, gather and analyse the historical material relating to the more significant elements of the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
- Display the capacity to identify the more significant elements in the Carmelite tradition of spirituality and to knowledgably communicate those elements
- Present a coherent and well-structured written presentation of the more significant elements of the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
The course is open to all adult students, both lay and religious, and to those of all faiths and none.
Former students of the Diploma in Carmelite Studies (accredited by the former Milltown Institute) may request exemptions from the equivalent modules in this course.
The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) is accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland.
- Initial one-off registration fee of €50 (non-refundable)
- Module fee €120.00 per module
Module fees are payable in advance of the semester of study.
CIBI has a small bursary fund to support students who may financially struggle to access or stay in our accredited programmes. Details can be found here.