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The Institute of Irish Studies, QUB

Contact: Professor Peter Gray

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast was founded in 1965 and is the oldest such centre in the world. It is the hub at Queen's University for the wide range of research and teaching across multiple disciplines relating to Ireland.

The university has one of the largest concentrations of expertise in Irish Studies anywhere in the world, with over 70 academic staff and 30 PhD researchers working in more than 15 different disciplines. The Institute acts as a gateway to this wealth of knowledge and activity, involving academic staff and postgraduate students in our work as Associate Fellows and Postgraduate Research Associates. We also work closely with a number of international organisations and universities to promote Irish Studies.

The aims of the Institute are to:

  • to encourage and facilitate multidisciplinary research at Queens by acting as a focus and a forum for ongoing work in academic schools across the University;
  • to promote and develop interdisciplinary research projects in Irish Studies at Queen’s University;
  • to co–ordinate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching in Irish studies at Queen’s University at postgraduate and undergraduate levels;
  • to present and represent, to the local community, to the wider academy, and to policy–makers, the broad range of research and teaching in Irish Studies at Queen’s;
  • to facilitate the development of strategic partnerships between Queen’s University, the local community and the wider national and international academy in Irish Studies.


Research interests: 

Research interests are multiple and varied, but for a list of current/recent research projects, see here

Courses taught:

MA in Irish Studies 

Study Abroad Programme on Society, Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland (CIEE) 

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