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

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are invited to join us in prayer on middays Monday to Friday for 10 minutes. Let us build our community despite social distancing.

Blended Online Course: An Introduction to Evelyn Underhill's Practical Mysticism.

Led by Dr Louise Nelstrop. This short online course will introduce students to Underhill’s short accessible book Practical Mysticism. Underhill produced Practical Mysticism to make contemplative prayer accessible to everyone. She set out to explain how and why a contemplative attitude has value in everyday life, apart from the visions and extraordinary experiences that characterise many of the great mystics. This course aims to introduce student to some the riches of her thought through an introduction to this accessible text.

Teaching will consist in

  • Four pre-recorded 1 hr lectures (available from 1o June 2020)
  • A synchronous zoom session (4pm BST on Saturday 20 June 2020): the Zoom session is not compulsory but students are invited to come together to share their experiences and questions and to discuss Underhill further in person.

To find out more, contact Dr Louise Nelstrop, ln348@cam.ac.uk. Course: £45.

Zoom seminars to celebrate 7 years of Pope Francis.Led by Dr Peter Coughlan, Wednesdays 10am–12pm, 8, 15, 22 July; 7, 14, 21 October. £20 per seminar. To book email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 741039

Zoom Seminars: Eucharistic Imagination as our Primary Paradigm. Led by Dr Melanie-Prejean Sullivan. Thursdays 4, 11, 18, 25 June 2020, 2–4pm.

The workshops will explore how sacramental imagination is embedded in scripture, tradition, conciliar documents and the works of spiritual writers. In the light of Covid-19, how as our virtual participation shifted our perception of the ecclesia? £20 per session. To book email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 741039

The Diocesan Certificate in Catholic Studies will be running online in June over three Wednesday afternoons (3, 10 and 17 June), led by Sue Price, Pastoral Outreach Coordinator at MBIT. This course provides an introduction to the topics covered by the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Those who have completed the course have found it to be a good introduction for teachers, catechists and parishioners wanting to engage in further study. More information can be found here.

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.