Why Study With Us?
The Margaret Beaufort Institute offers:
- Access for Catholic women to high quality theology courses
- Preparation in lay pastoral practice, and for lay ministries
- Supervision for research degrees in theology for Catholic women and men
- Sabbatical opportunities in theology for Catholic women and men
- A residential experience for mature students, and researchers from many backgrounds, seeking to balance personal independence with relationships through a community of faith.
We engage with:
- The local and wider Catholic Church through our facilities and staff
- Members of other world faiths
Local community organisations who share our values.
Being a student at Margaret Beaufort Institute means cultivating a rich inner life, as well as learning to better understand others, and enjoying work and leisure time.
Training For Lay Ministry
At the Institute we are committed to training which helps develop the skills, dispositions and virtues necessary for fruitful lay ministry in the contemporary Church. We achieve this through a balanced programme of prayer, study and pastoral practice.
Our calling to serve the Church as lay people is made clear when we are baptised and reinforced through the sacraments of communion and confirma- tion. In recent times, the calling of all the baptised to an active Christian life, rooted in the Church and the world, was strongly reinforced by the Second Vatican Council.
In practice, the changing face of the Church in Europe and the rapid growth of Catholic Christianity in the global South and East has made the challenge of educating laity for service and leadership all the more pressing and rewarding. Our core commitment is to the renewal of lay ministry for the sake of the Church in today’s world.
Our courses aim to help lay students develop skills which will assist them in:
- Leading Churches into renewal, confidence and growth
- Playing our part in communities of conversation and learning
- Enabling each of us to attend to the spirituality of the lay life
- Developing a sustaining prayer life
- Developing confidence as public, Catholic Christians
- Reflecting theologically on the nature, purpose and practices of lay ministries.
To this end, our courses combine formal academic study with creative pastoral components that develop skills for ministry. Such skills-based courses include a focus on listening skills, supervision and leadership skills, as well as courses which prepare students for handling the complexity of loss and grief, conflict and power, sexuality and family life as part of Church practice.
Students at Margaret Beaufort have access to academic teaching and supervision at the highest levels.
This is delivered by Institute staff, and by academics and teachers across the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF) and leads to degrees awarded by either the University of Cambridge, Durham University or Anglia Ruskin University.
Students also have access to lectures and seminars in the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge.
Catholic Theology and Practice
The Institute’s own award, given for participation in the weekly afternoon session ‘Life and Service in the Catholic Tradition’.
Diploma in Theology for Ministry: A flexible University of Cambridge award that can be taken full or part-time.
Taught Masters Programmes
We have four taught MAs accredited by Anglia Ruskin University in Contemporary Ethics, Spirituality, Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy, and Contemporary Faith and Belief.
Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology
Geared to men and women in a work or practice-based setting.
Postgraduate research degrees
MPhil and PhD degrees are available through Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge. They are open to men and women candidates through the Institute.