The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology (MBIT) is an academic Roman Catholic institution which is committed to offering transformative experiences for all its students.

While our primary mission is to educate and theologically empower women in Church, we are also committed to serving society at large and to provide the opportunity to study on what promotes the common good locally, nationally, and globally.

We provide a space for theological reflection and spiritual formation for anyone who wishes to study at our Institute.

We are a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF).

In 2018/19 we celebrate our Silver Jubilee. To find out more, please download our Jubilee Newsletter.

Our latest Institute newsletter can be downloaded: Easter Newletter 2020

News, Upcoming Events and Vacancies

Catholic Investment Webinar, webinar featuring Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ. Wednesday 21st October, 4pm–5.30pm.

Zoom seminars to celebrate 7 years of Pope Francis.Led by Dr Peter Coughlan, Wednesdays 10am–12pm; 7, 14, 21 October. £20 per seminar. To book email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 74103

Catholic Theology and Practice. Module 1: Called to Participate, Thursday afternoons 8th October–29th October. Cost: £180. Led by Sue Price, Dr Melanie-Prejean Sullivan and Fr Dominic White, OP, we will be exploring the impact of COVID-19 on our experiences of liturgy, looking at the historical influences and asking where does liturgy go from here, mindful of our baptismal vocation of being called to be prophets, priests and kings. We will also be preparing the liturgy for the regular MBIT Thursday evening prayer. To register, contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

We celebrated the end of term on June 12, our End of Term Liturgy order of service is available to download.

A study day on the world of the medieval sermon, 24th October 11am–3.30pm.

Course leader: Dr Ela Lazarewicz-Wryzykowska. Cost: £45 

During this course we will explore the fascinating phenomenon of medieval sermon, or sermo moderna. We will familiarise ourselves with the history of development of this literary genre, appreciate the mastery of its structure, explore the medieval authors' spirituality and imagination, and recognise the long-lasting influence of this tradition.

Please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk to apply.

Catholic Theology and Practice – a learning space for Catholic women
Module 2: 'Christian Mysticism and the Bible'

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop. Dates: Thursday afternoons 5th–26th November 2020, 2–5.30pm. £180.  Evening Liturgy 6pm.

This course will introduce students to the Christian mystics and their engagement with the Bible. Focusing particularly on the English mystics, it will explore what was meant by the mystical sense of scripture, the relationship between scripture and mystical exegesis, how mystics used scripture in their writings, and the relationship between scriptural and mystical revelation.

Please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk to apply.

The MBIT course brochure for 2020/21 is now available, ranging from short courses, workshops and seminars, to certificates, undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, recruiting now for modules in 2020.

We are recruiting for volunteer receptionists to be part of our MBIT community. Further details can be found here.