Please note: the MA Irish Studies degree will not be running during the 2016/17 academic year.

Our MA is the only one of its kind in London and the south-east and indeed only one of two in England and Wales.

Why study Irish Studies?

The MA in Irish Studies focuses on the experience of the Irish ‘here’ in Britain and the generations of decisive influence ‘back home’ in Ireland. But it recognises London as an axis of transnational connections and a cosmopolitan capital where Ireland’s exiles have meshed with other imperial histories and cultures worldwide.

The degree aims to understand the different ways of interpreting Ireland and how its diasporic cultures explore the limits of existing debates within the interdisciplinary field of Irish Studies as it has developed into the 21st century.

Why St Mary's?

MA students benefit from St Mary’s strong heritage of links with Ireland since its foundation in 1850, its London-based location and being part of the Centre for Irish Studies which is home to an expanding PhD student base and research active faculty.

We enjoy the support of the Embassy of Ireland, the BAIS and the Irish Arts Foundation for events organised by our Centre for Irish Studies, such as the 2011 ‘Ireland Astray’ Symposium. Our programme of events benefits from an active set of collaborations with the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith.

Our London-based location puts us at the heart of a unique network of libraries, archives, community organisations, cultural events and associations that have Irish historic collections and contemporary connections.

We also offer optional short-intensive modules such as the ‘London Irish seminar’, ‘Irish language’ module and ‘London-Derry’ or ‘London-Limerick’ modules.

Mode of Study: Full-time (One year) or Part-time (Two years)
Also Available As: Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate

The deadline for postgraduate applications for 2016 entry is on Sunday 31st July.
In some instances we may be able to accept applications after this date.

A Student View

Daniel Cassidy
"Having completed my first degree in 1978, I was greatly encouraged by the warm reception I received from the academic team when I expressed my interest in joining the MA. With the competing responsibility of a business career calling on my time, I encountered both understanding and flexibility as I assessed the alternatives."


Postgraduate Government Loans

Postgraduate Government Loans

As of 2016 postgraduate students under the age of 60 are eligible for a government-funded loan of up to £10,000.
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