Institute of Irish Studies launches London MA Irish Studies at the University’s London Campus

Professor Pete Shirlow and Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom HE Adrian O'Neill

A new London-based Master’s in Irish Studies will be launched by the Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, Adrian O’Neill, at the Irish Embassy on October 18.

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies is offering the interdisciplinary MA programme at the University’s London campus in Finsbury Square, building on the Institute’s reputation for delivering research-led teaching of the highest standard.

Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, said: “I am delighted to launch this new Master’s Programme in Irish Studies.

“The histories of our two islands have always been, and will continue to be closely connected, intertwined and interdependent. Programmes such as this MA serve to increase knowledge and awareness of Irish history, politics and culture and, in the broader context, will contribute to increased shared understandings and ever-stronger relations between Ireland and Britain.”

The MA in Irish Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore major issues of global concern: peace and conflict transformation, women’s studies, migration, history, literature and politics.

London’s history and demography make it the fourth largest ‘Irish’ city in the world, and its contemporary economic, political and cultural connections mean it is an ideal location for Irish Studies. Students will also be offered the chance to experience cultural activities at no extra cost.

Professor Pete Shirlow, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, said: “The MA in central London is a major opportunity for people who wish to develop their career, move onto a PhD or study for the love of learning. Our MA programme merges modern and contemporary Ireland into a series of modules that promotes skills in analysis.

“As this programme of study highlights Ireland in cultural, economic, political and social terms, it is a unique and prominent site to develop our wider cultural understanding of the past and the present.”

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The University of Liverpool in London MA Irish Studies will be launched on October 18 2018 at 6pm by the Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Adrian O’Neill at the Irish Embassy in Grosvenor Place, London. For more information about the event, please contact

Jude Doherty, MA graduate The Institute of Irish Studies, Professor Pete Shirlow, Director, The Institute of Irish Studies, Dr Lauren Arrington, Head of Department, The Institute of Irish Studies and HE Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom

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