• Studies in Contemporary Catholicism

Why study at Roehampton

  • This course is based in our Digby Stuart College, an institution with a rich Catholic heritage.
  • You will get automatic membership of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing’s activities, with contributions from world-renowned academics, community organisers and civic leaders.
  • You will analyse Catholicism’s relation to other religious traditions and explore its role in contemporary global society.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

This Masters course gives students the opportunity to focus on Roman Catholicism since the Second Vatican Council. You will explore doctrinal, theological and ethical issues, including the diversity of global Catholicism today, internal and external debates, the significance of Catholic social teaching, and Catholic influences and expressions in material culture (art, literature, music).

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Key areas of study

All students on the MA in Contemporary Catholicism take three compulsory modules (Research Skills; Reading Seminar, and The Catholic Church in a Postmodern World). The Research Skills module ensures that you are equipped with the specialised skills needed to carry out research in the field of theology and religious studies. The Reading Seminar focuses on key issues in the study of Catholicism. Students also select three modules that meet their own research interests.

The 15,000-word dissertation allows you to pursue an independent research topic in-depth.

Students on the MA in Contemporary Catholicism will also be encouraged to participate in the Digby Stuart Research Centre’s activities, including fortnightly research seminars and other events.

Example modules

  • The Catholic Church in a Postmodern World
  • Theologies of Dialogue, Peacemaking and Reconciliation
  • Gender, Nature and Incarnation

Career options

Work in faith-based organisations, community organisations, international aid or the charity sector; prepares you for work in the spaces of religion, art, politics, philosophy and contemporary culture; to pursue a PhD or conduct specific research.




Number of credits

MA: 180; PGDip: 120 (at Level M)

Postgraduate entry requirements »


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1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time).

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Tuition fees

£5,800 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£323 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Programme outline

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Further information

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