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Graduate from the St Mary's University College, Belfast



St Mary's University College goes back as far as 1900, when St Mary's Training College was opened by the Dominican Sisters to train women for primary school teaching. St Mary's merged with St Joseph's men's college in the 1970s and became St Mary's University College in 1985. As a college of Queen’s University, all of the college's degree courses are Queen’s awards.

Courses and teaching

St Mary’s is a Catholic institution which specialises in the education of teachers and also offers a liberal arts degree. The college provides four academic programmes; BEd (Hons) (Primary and Post-Primary), BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts, PGCE (Irish Medium Education), and Masters in Education.


St Mary's charges £3,685 per annum to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or non-UK EU countries for all of its full-time courses. Full-time undergraduates who normally live in England, Scotland and Wales are charged £9,000.

Student life

The city has benefited from major redevelopment in recent years and is now considered a top UK destination for tourists.

Most of the city's best bars and clubs can be found along the city's Golden Mile and in the university district. The Queen's Students' Union hosts regular events at its venues Speakeasy and Bar Sub.

A number of shops can be found in the Queen's new union building including a Starbucks and a branch of Santander bank. A snooker and pool club is a focal point for socialising.


The college is based on the Falls Road in the heart of Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast.


The college does not provide accommodation on site for students. Students should expect to pay upwards of £50 per a week in private rented accommodation.


St. Mary’s has a well-stocked library and high-quality IT facilities. St Mary's students also qualify as Queen’s students and are entitled to use its libraries, students' union and other facilities.


St Mary's offers Gaelic games and has a number of teams. Nearby Queen's also invested £20 million in sports facilities at a site in the local Botanic Park as well as at a number of outdoor facilities.