The study of the life and works of the English novelist and short-story writer Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) is a research speciality at St Mary's University through its Centre for Joseph Conrad Studies. It is pursued in several activities but principally through three major international endeavours:

  • the editing of The Conradian: The Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK)
  • the management and editing of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, in course of publication by Cambridge University Press
  • occasional colloquia on Conrad textual studies

The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 of the Higher Education Funding Council of England recognised the University's contribution to research as 'internationally significant.'