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PGCert Ignatian Spirituality

Course length
  • Not available full-time
  • 1 year part-time
  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Study the spiritual heritage of Ignatius Loyola within the wider context of the Christian spiritual tradition. You will consider Ignatius against the historical, cultural and spiritual background of his time and examine the influence of his writing and thought on later authors and commentators.

The degree provides a theological framework to understand Ignatius’ teaching on prayer and the discernment of spirits, through close study of the dynamic and key meditations of his Spiritual Exercises. You will explore how this leads to personal growth and self-understanding as well as nourishing a call to transformative discipleship. You will study Ignatius as a mystic and theologian, paying attention to what the Spiritual Exercises have to say about the image of God, salvation, the Trinity and the incarnation as they invite us to find God in all things.

The timetable for 2016-17 can be found in the Postgraduate Options Handbook at the bottom of the page.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme consists of two taught modules. Each module usually has 11 weeks of two-hour seminars for one term. Students are assessed by a range of tasks which may include book reviews, essays and presentations.


The programme is part-time, with two modules taken over two terms. Occasionally these modules are both time-tabled in the same term, allowing for faster progress through the programme.
Foundations for the Study of Christian Spirituality

Examine theoretical issues surrounding religious experience and spirituality as an academic field which studies this experience.

The module will provide a foundation for the interdisciplinary academic study of spirituality.  The theoretical issues surrounding religious experience both as religious and ‘experience’ as such, and spirituality as an academic field which studies these experiences, will be investigated with a critical eye toward effective methodologies.  Students will have practical exposure to such methods by applying them to a spiritual classic.


Spiritual Direction in the Tradition of Ignatius of Loyola

Explore texts of Ignatian origin and those that emerge in the Ignatian tradition on spiritual direction.

This module will explore the art of spiritual direction in the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. We will examine its development from texts of Ignatian origin as well as those that emerge from the tradition. The practice of spiritual direction as it arises from the Spiritual Exercises will be a central part of the module. While the foundational texts will be of historical origin we will also explore some aspects of contemporary interpretation of the tradition.