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


Master’s Level Studies in Philosophy

Two-year, part-time Master’s Level programme in Philosophy and Catholic Thought

This post-graduate level programme is a unique combination of strands of philosophical study and reflection enabling students to engage in current philosophical debate, discussion and reflection which has a specific relation to Catholic thought, theology and cultural dialogue and debate in the framework of the New Evangelisation.

What past students say:

"The quality of the teaching we encountered at the residential made it an experience that was not only highly educational but a real privilege to participate in."

"What comes over so strongly is the genuine passion and enthusiasm, dare I say awe, teachers have for their subject."

"Everything was planned beautifully... Fellowship with students and staff was palpable. Also appreciate the way moodle has been set up in regards to interaction with other students."

The programme supports students in gaining the skills required to become independent researchers in fields which characterise both the academic cross-over areas between philosophy and Catholic theology and philosophy, Catholic thought and current cultural debate. The core document in giving shape and direction to the course is St John Paul II’s 1998 encyclical on faith and reason, philosophy and theology, Fides et Ratio. Students gain an orientation as regards the areas of study and research to follow from this document, rich as it is in themes pertaining to philosophy, faith, political and cultural dialogue. The programme has the characteristic of supporting students in gaining the skills needed, both intellectual and personal, to philosophise, introducing students into an authentic, Socratic search for truth and value.

The mutual and individual philosophical reflection and questioning is realised in the context of a dialogue, debate and dialectical exchange between the two great current traditions of western philosophy, analytical philosophy and continental philosophy and the philosophical tradition originating from the thought of St Thomas Aquinas.

The plan of studies for this master's level programme


Module Title


Equivalent of UK Credit Value


MODULE PH7001:  Philosophy and Catholic Faith: Fundamental issues in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics




MODULE PH7002: God, Science and Philosophy and 21st century questions




MODULE PH7007:  Philosophy and Catholic Thought Research Methods & Dissertation




MODULE PH7003: Analytical Philosophy: dialogue, debate and dialectic




MODULE PH7004: Continental Philosophy: dialogue, debate and dialectic




module PH7005: Political Philosophy: Modernity and the Thomist tradition




How do I study on this programme?

You study mainly from home, following prepared materials, and using the Veritas online learning system. You attend two long weekends (residential study periods) each year in the beautiful setting of the Abbey at Buckfast. As well as having the opportunity to spend time with teachers during your stays at the Abbey, you have the support of dedicated personal academic tutors who provide regular guidance and feedback on your work.

How much time will it take?

The Master’s Level Philosophy Programme is normally studied as a two-year, part-time course, requiring approximately 15-20 hours per week. Five modules are taken, and a dissertation or project is completed. Four of the modules are equivalent to 30 UK credits (15 ECTS) each, and the research and dissertation module along with the dissertation or project comprises 60 UK credits.

When are the residential study periods at Buckfast Abbey?

2018-2019 Academic Year:

The first required residential study period will take place 4-7 October, 2018.

The second required residential study period will take place 7-10 March, 2019.

There is still time to apply for the 2018-2019 academic year.

What is the cost?

Tuition includes access to the Veritas online learning system, instruction from the faculty and tutors of SotA, as well as full room and board during the residential periods of study twice a year. (The cost of travel to and from Buckfast Abbey is not included.)

This programme is not currently validated. We are in the process of pursuing validation at this time. And although we are not able to guarantee anything, we are hopeful to receive validation for the next academic year (2019-20).

Since the programme is not validated at this time, we are offering a significant discount on this year’s tuition (2018-19 academic year). For those who start in October 2018, the tuition will be £2800 (instead of £3500). This means that in two years the overall saving is 10% (£700).

Annual tuition (all students) – (2018-19)

£3500  £2800  

 Annual tuition (all students) – (2019-20)


All applicants (both credit-seeking and non-credit auditors) must pay a non-refundable £50 application fee.

How can I apply?

You can download an application form here.

Please contact us by phone 01364 645660 or email We will be happy to deal with any enquiries you have.

Auditing Students – Study for Personal Enrichment Only

The School of the Annunciation also welcomes non-credit seeking students who wish to enrol in our blended learning courses for personal enrichment only. Students can have access to the online discussions and receive personal feedback from the tutor on up to five of the formative assignments. No final assignment will be required at the end of each module, and no grade will be given. Students can study individual modules only when they are offered.

The cost for non-credit seeking students for each year is: £1500

This includes two 30-credit modules as well as two on-site residentials, including live lectures, room, and board.

Number of Modules   (non-credit)

Number of Residentials

Total Cost

1 Module

1 Residential


2 Modules 2 Residentials


1. Module - one of the units which make up the complete programme (referred to as a course in US terminology).