St Mary's University has a long and distinguished history as a Catholic university for the education of teachers.
It was founded in 1850 by the Catholic Poor Schools Committee to meet the need for teachers to provide an education for the growing numbers of poor Catholic children.
It started in Brook Green in Hammersmith in the charge of the Brothers of Christian Instruction with an intake of twelve young men. In 1899, the Catholic Hierarchy asked the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) to undertake the administration of the University.
The mission of St Mary’s is to provide high-quality academic and professional higher education within a collegial ethos inspired and sustained by Christian values.
Our primary mission is in teaching and learning, underpinned and enriched by research and scholarship.
The transformative nature of our work contributes to the creation of new knowledge and inspires our outreach activities in support of social cohesion and economic development.
We are a University which:
- is rigorous, critical and altruistic, dedicated to the development of the physical, intellectual and spiritual potential of each member of our community.
- fosters equality of opportunity for all and the integrity of the individual, respects human diversity and actively works towards a more just, prosperous and inclusive society.
- acts with honesty, integrity and professionalism in a spirit of dialogue and reflection.
Introduction to Research at St Mary's
St Mary’s has a vibrant research culture and environment, providing an individualised and highly supportive environment for academic staff and postgraduate research degree students.
The results of the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) clearly demonstrate the University's strong profile of research with work that has been rated as world-leading in Theology, Divinity and History, and English Language and Literature, and internationally excellent research in Education and Sport-Related Studies.
Our research strategy places emphasis on consolidating and further developing the culture of research, including pedagogical research across the University and supporting established areas of research strength.
This is further evidenced by strong research links with other institutions both at home and abroad, as well as with community organisations and groups.
Research Degree Programmes Available
We offer the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD, working on your research project alongside highly experienced researchers.
These research degrees involve defining your own area of research enquiry, working closely with a team who will guide and support you.
This school offers programs in: