Taught course

Ignatian Spirituality

Heythrop College · Theology

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. It is not essential for the first degree to be in philosophy or theology. For applicants without an undergraduate degree, academic ability to undertake the programme may be considered on the basis of other evidence, including learning from experience, evidence of prior study or work at an appropriate level, references and interview.

Months of entry


Course content

In our PGCert Ignatian Spirituality, 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 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.

Spiritual Direction in the Tradition of Ignatius of Loyola

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

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Please visit our website to find out about our language requirements. Our website also has additional information for students from outside the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students

Heythrop is proud to offer our students generous scholarships and bursaries. We have four scholarships available for postgraduates:

  • Student Support Scholarship
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Qualified Teacher Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

Please visit our website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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