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The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit

Graduate Programme in Gender and Development Studies

Programme Overview 

The Centre for Gender and Development Studies, now The Institute for Gender and Development Studies was established at the University of the West Indies in September 1993. Since then it has built significantly on the work of the Women and Development Group in teaching, research and outreach. CGDS is an outgrowth of the path-breaking work of the Women and Development Studies Group and a Project of Cooperation in Teaching and Research in Women and Development Studies between the University of the West Indies and the Institute of Social Studies at the Hague.
Research degrees are useful mechanisms for deepening the academic discourse in this relatively new field and generating a body of scholarly and applied knowledge. More importantly the research output would make critical contributions to teaching and policy making in related fields.
The central aim of the postgraduate programme in Gender Studies is to stimulate academic discourse and promote an understanding of Gender issues in Caribbean societies.
Gender Studies as a discipline seeks to understand the complexity of Caribbean gender relations and systems and its interactions with economic, social, political and cultural systems, in other words the subsystems that constitute Caribbean political economy and society. 
MPhil in Gender and Development Studies
This is a research degree with three (3) core courses and a thesis. Where it is deemed necessary, a candidate may be required to undertake and pass courses recommended by the Institute. Students with no prior related training will need to fulfill the Institutes requirements of at least 9 credits (3 courses) as identified in regulations specific to the programme prior to admission to the programme.
The MPhil is normally offered to students who have obtained at least an Upper Second Class (Honours) undergraduate degree or equivalent. The Selection Committee may recommend the admission of mature students with the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree and who will be required to complete qualifying courses. Candidates who wish to pursue this option must show a strong proficiency for research and sound understanding of research methodologies. Candidates may enroll for the MPhil on a full time or part time basis.
PhD in Gender and Development Studies
The requirement for entry into this programme is a post-graduate degree. With the exception of holders of MPhil Degrees from recognized universities, candidates are normally required to register for the MPhil Degree in the first instance and will only be upgraded to the doctoral level if progress is satisfactory and the requirements are met. Persons without a strong background in Gender Studies may be required to take relevant level courses
UWI graduates in possession of a MA degree by coursework and/or the Mphil degree in the discipline in which the average course work mark is 60% or higher, will be accepted to register for the PhD degree.
The following may qualify applicants for admission to the PhD degree in Gender and Development Studies:
  • MSc. Gender and Development UWI
  • MPhil Development Studies (Specialization, Gender and Development) UWI or equivalent qualification. MPhil Political Science or Sociology
  • MSc../MPhil Gender Studies/Women’s Studies/Men’s Studies/Masculinity Studies
  • MA Cultural Studies
  • MA Heritage Studies
  • MA History
  • Any other relevant graduate fiel such as, but not limited to Economics, Business, Social Work, Theology, Natural Sciences
 Students with no prior training in Gender Studies/Women’s Studies/Men’s Studies/Masculinity Studies would need to fulfill the Institute’s requirements.
For more information on IGDS: NBU Graduate programme contact the Programme Coordinator Ms Joan Cuffie. Further information on graduate studies in general can be found at


 The programme in Gender Studies at the graduate level at Cave Hill will lead to the following:  
  • Delivery of research degree programmes: MPhil. and Ph.D. degrees
  • The creation of a cadre of scholars and experts in Caribbean Gender Studies
  • The development of a body of research contributing to the larger body of Caribbean knowledge and policy making; and to feminist theorizing internationally.
  • The development of research materials and data bases for the study of key aspects of Gender in Caribbean societies
  • The fostering of knowledge and understanding about relations of gender within the Caribbean and beyond.

Programme Costs

Core Programme:
Tuition Fee: BDS $20,000 
University Registration Fees*
  •  Amenities Fee: BDS $500.00 (US $250.00) 
  • Guild Fee: BDS $120.00 (US $60.00) 
  • ID Cards – BDS $5.00 (US $2.50)
* University registration fees are NOT included in the cost of the programme.

How to Apply

Information on our application process, online application forms, and the documentation required may be found at: 
Programme Coordinator: Ms Joan Cuffie
Tel.:(246) 417-4490/1/3 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email:
Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: