School of the Announciation - Centre for the New Evanghelism School of the Announciation - Angel Statue
at Buckfast Abbey - Devon


Prerequisites for Franciscan University's MA in Catechesis and Evangelisation



This is an exciting opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in aspects of Catholic thought at the School of the Annunciation, which will also allow progression onto the MA in Catechetics and Evangelisation (MACE) offered in collaboration with Franciscan University Steubenville (FUS).

Students who hold a first degree in any subject, and who successfully complete the following three modules, will be eligible to apply for the Franciscan University MA course. Franciscan University requires that prospective students for the MA must have covered the three subject areas outlined below at undergraduate level with an approved Catholic curriculum. Transcripts including these subject areas must be seen and approved by Franciscan University before beginning the MA programme, and will automatically be provided by the School of the Annunciation for anyone successfully completing the prerequisites here.

Teaching and Learning

The modules are offered in a 'blended learning' format, including both face to face and residential components. The online study is carried out through the School of the Annunciation's virtual learning environment with the support of a dedicated academic tutor. Weekend residential sessions will take place at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey. Students studying all 3 courses need only attend two residential sessions, the session for the Metaphysics module being compulsory.


The following is an outline of each module, together with dates of the residential periods. Each module requires 7 weeks of online study supported by a personal tutor; approximately 15 hours of study per week will be required. The module concludes with a written assignment which will be graded by a course tutor. 


In this module, we will study how the great tradition of metaphysical knowledge, of philosophical knowledge of reality, which begins with Aristotle and develops with St Thomas Aquinas, is still as relevant today as ever it was. We will study how recent philosophers and theologians in this long tradition can help us understand how metaphysics meshes with scientific knowledge and other areas of knowledge we have of the world. We will examine how crucial metaphysical knowledge is to understanding the world and ourselves as created by God for union with God as our ultimate destiny. The examination of general metaphysical principles, applying to being as such, will allow the student to appreciation the central importance of ‘substance’ and the way analogical predication allows us to apply metaphysical pairs, such as form and matter, essence and existence across the whole of reality. St Thomas’s key insights into the significance of ‘existence’ in metaphysics will be a central element in our studies. We will proceed to reflect upon metaphysical aspects of this contingent world-order in which we live and examine ways in which areas metaphysical knowledge such as that regarding the hierarchical ordering of genus and species, throw light upon the different levels of being we find in our created universe.

Principles of Biblical Study

This course is focussed mainly on a study of the Gospels, drawing attention to the characteristic features of the Synoptic Gospels, and comparing and contrasting these with the Gospel of St John. A study is also made of Church documents relating to Scriptural interpretation, so that students gain an understanding of the Catholic approach to Scripture study and Biblical criticism. A consideration of the teaching of Dei verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of the Second Vatican Council, is of central importance here, particularly in relation to the historicity of the Gospels.


The Course begins with a brief overview of catechetical documents of the magisterium since the Second Vatican Council beginning with the first General Catechetical Directory of 1971.  It then follows Catechesis tradendae in detail with additional readings from Evangeli nuntiandi, explaining key themes and principles.  Fidei depositum is the next text studied in some detail to introduce the Catechism of the Catholic Church, its structure, foundational truths and its pedagogy.  The third part focuses on the General Directory for Catechesis of 1997 exploring its five parts and key themes. 

More information on the 2018 - 2019 academic year is forthcoming.

How to apply:

To apply for all, or any, of these courses, please download this online application form.

For further information please contact
Telephone: 01364 645660.