St. Mary’s University College, 191 Falls Road, Belfast, N. Ireland BT12 6FE +44 (0) 28 9032 7678
  • Affiliations Queen's University Belfast
  • Established 1985,Religious affiliation,Catholic
  • Former St. Mary's Training College
  • Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Postgraduates 120
  • Principal Professor Peter Finn
  • Students 1,120
  • Undergraduates 1,005
  • Vice principal
St Mary's University College (Irish: Coláiste Ollscoile Naomh Muire) was established in 1985, but can directly trace its existence to 1900 and the foundation of St Mary's Training College, which focused mainly on the training of women as teachers. St Joseph's Training College located on the Stewartstown Road, was set up to train men and the amalgamation of the two colleges created the current institution in 1985.
A number of prominent people trained as teachers in St. Joseph's. they include the poet Seamus Heaney and dramatist Brian Friel as well as the former SDLP MP and deputy first minister Seamus Mallon. Bishop Michael Dallat who was a teacher at St. Mary's, served as principal of St. Joseph's and was involved in the amalgamation of the two institutions.
The institution is located on the Falls Road in Belfast, and has approximately 60 academic staff and 1,100 students. The institution offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for teacher training, especially for a Catholic ethos, including a PGCE for Irish Medium Education. The college diversified its offerings several years ago and now offers a BA degree in Liberal Arts as well. The university college's legacy institutions have been associated with Queen's University, Belfast, since 1949. Since 1968 Queen's degrees have been obtainable by the students of these two institutions