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Canon Law (MA)

Course Description

MA Canon Law
The MA Canon Law offers postgraduate study of Roman Catholic Canon Law. Its particular focus is prompted by interest in canon law, even outside ecclesiastical circles. There is also interest within the churches particularly since the Second Vatican Council and the
subsequent revision of canon law. Those likely to find the programme useful include civil lawyers, theologians, priests and others engaged in parish work and religious education, and those working on marriage tribunals.

The programme consists of four taught modules, and a dissertation:
General Introduction to Canon Law looks at the origin and growth of canon law and the ecclesiology that is embodied in the 1983
Code of Canon Law, in contrast with the 1917 Code. The module will cover the functions which canon law performs in the Church, as
well as guidelines for interpretation. Selected canons on general norms will be analysed.
Marriage in Canon Law explores the meaning of marriage as a partnership of the whole life, and investigates consent, nullity, the effects Of prenuptial agreements on these concepts, and the difference between dissolution of marriage in the Roman Catholic Church and a civil divorce. The topics covered are relevant to those preparing themselves to work in marriage tribunals or provide marriage preparation courses, pastoral assistants and catechists.
The People of God concentrates on the development of rights in Western thought; a historical overview of rights in canon law; collections of law and Gratian; human rights and the Church; conflict resolution; the 1983 Code and the obligations and rights of all Christ’s faithful, lay faithful and clergy; the formation, incardination and excardination of clergy; the canon law of parishes and their reorganisation; child protection, safeguarding and dismissal of clergy; the removal and transfer of parish priests; hierarchical and administrative recourse and rights of defence.
Sacramental Law discusses the canons relating to the sacraments and their celebration, and examines issues such as preparation for, and the age of reception of, the sacraments of initiation, clerical formation and ordination, and issues arising from the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing.

Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student

If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in theology, religious studies or law

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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