PGCert Catholic Social Teaching

Course length: 1 Year, Part-Time



This exciting new course is aimed at those in communities, movements and networks actively engaged in promoting social justice and the common good, and at those not necessarily engaged in Catholic Social Teaching (CST), who would like to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Theology through deepening their understanding of the Church’s radical tradition of social teaching.

During the part-time programme you will study the principles of CST in its historical, political and ethical contexts, and explore the theologies of God, human personhood and the wider community of creation, that underpin CST. You will have the opportunity to undertake theological reflection on Catholic social thought in relation to your own professional and life experience. The programme will therefore help to support and sustain your own engagement and activism as well as giving you a formal academic qualification.

What does the course cover?

The taught modules will give you the opportunity to study the foundations of CST in the Scriptures and in the Church’s developing teaching on justice and the common good through history. The course covers the relationship of CST to important political philosophies, including liberalism, conservatism and socialism. This will include exploring theologies of work and economic life, and engaging with the ethical application of theologies of justice and the common good in relation to government, the environment, family and human rights.

Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to reflect on how you can draw on the inspiration of CST and contemporary Catholic social thinking in your community and your own vocational commitments.


The programme, which is intended to be international in its range of participants, is delivered primarily online, utilising the material commissioned for the Virtual Plater project , supplemented by resources available through Newman University’s library and Virtual Learning Environment. This means that all core material will be available online for all participants. Your learning will be supported by online interaction with tutors. Interaction with other students on the programme will be facilitated through participation in online forums.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Please contact:

Dr Louise Hickman

T: 0121 476 1181 ext. 2234



UK/EU Students - 2018/19 entry £950

Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


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