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

Topic 1: Metaphysics

Students will study Metaphysics in the Module entitled Metaphysics and Epistemology. 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 metaphysical knowledge, such as that regarding the hierarchical ordering of genus and species, throws light upon the different levels of being we find in our created universe.

Topic 2: Principles of Biblical Study

Students can fulfil the requirements for Principles of Biblical Studies by completing the Gospels portion of the module entitled Salvation History: The Old Testament and the Gospels. The part of the module on the Gospels is focussed mainly on 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.

Topic 3: Catechetics

Students can fulfil the Catechetics requirement by studying the second part of the module entitled The New Evanglisation and the Craft of Transmission. This part of the module 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 Catechesi 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. Finally, it focuses on the General Directory for Catechesis of 1997 exploring its five parts and key themes.

Module Dates 2018-19

Principles of Biblical Study - the residential will take place from 27th – 30th September 2018. The module will be available from 1st October to 7th December 2018.

Metaphysics – the residential will take place from 28th February – 3rd March 2019. The module will be available from 18th February to 26th April 2019.

Catechetics. The module will be available from 6th May to 12th July 2019.

Course Fees

Number of Modules (non-credit)

Number of Residentials

Total Cost

1 Module

1 Residential


2 Modules 1 Residential


3 Modules 2 Residentials



How to apply:

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

For further information please contact
Telephone: 01364 645660.