Taught course

Irish Studies

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

Students are usually required to have a good first degree (2.1 or 1st class or their international equivalent) in literature, history, film and media studies, or any related discipline. In exceptional circumstances we may accept a student without such a qualification if one demonstrates an aptitude for this kind of study, usually through a written exercise.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

Information for international students

Please contact international@stmarys.ac.uk for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Ivan Gibbons
020 8240 4081