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St Mary’s has an established culture of research and scholarship, concentrated in hubs of excellence within research centres and at discipline level in Faculties and specialist Institutes.

Research at St Mary’s is valued, encouraged and supported; undertaking research and scholarship is an integral part of academic life here.

Many of our academics have extensive networks and professional groups nationally and overseas, which offer opportunities for collaborative working, joint grant applications and access to a wide range of resources and expertise. We welcome visiting scholars from around the world as part of our research community.

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Research Excellence Framework

Majority of Research Rated World Leading or Internationally Excellent

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results published today show that the majority of research submitted by St Mary’s is 4* World Leading or 3* Internationally Excellent in its originality, significance, and rigour.

View REF 2021 results

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Research degrees

We offer the opportunity to study for an MPhil, PhD or a range of Professional Doctorates, working on your research project alongside highly experienced researchers.

All research students have dedicated study facilities in the newly-opened Doctoral College, giving them the opportunity to work together and collaborate across disciplines.

View our research degrees

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Open research archive

The Open Research Archive is the online repository for all scholarly outputs created by our staff and postgraduate researchers.

In addition to information about the research, the Archive also provides the full text, whenever possible, as open access for download and sharing.

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