Graduate Programme in Cultural Studies
The MPhil/PhD in Cultural Studies

Admission to the MPhil


Candidates for the MA degree who have successfully completed their coursework component with an average grade of 60% or more may be allowed to upgrade to the MPhil degree. Candidates may enroll for the MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates admitted directly to the MPhil programme are required to register for the two-semester course CLTR 6030 (8 credits), 2 Core Courses and 1 Research Field. Candidates who may have taken the required courses for the MA will be allowed to use those credits towards the MPhil degree, providing that they register for the MPhil within a reasonable number of years (not more than five) after completing the MA.

Admission to the PhD

UWI graduates in possession of the MA degree by coursework and/or the MPhil degree in the discipline in which the average coursework mark is 60% or better will be accepted to register for the PhD degree. Graduates from other recognized tertiary institutions who hold equivalent qualifications may be allowed to register for the PhD degree.

Candidates admitted directly to the PhD programme are required to register for the two-semester course CLTR 6030 (8 credits) and 2 Core Courses.

Alternatively, students currently studying at UWI for the MPhil degree who have

  • Achieved a grade of at least 60% in the required Research Field
  • Successfully defended a thesis Proposal of a scope and depth deemed worthy of an upgrade and
  • Consistently produced work of a standard, in the opinion of their Supervisor, to merit an upgrade, may be allowed to transfer to the PhD programme.

Seminar
Each candidate will present at least two (2) seminars (for the MPhil) or three (3) seminars (for the PhD) before a panel consisting of members of staff in the discipline and other interested parties.


Thesis Proposal
Candidates will be required to present and defend a Thesis Proposal of acceptable scope and quality for the MPhil/PhD degree. This defence must be made upon completion of the Research Field(s).


Thesis
MPhil candidates are required to research and submit a thesis (40,000 - 50,000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography) on a topic approved by the Committee of Supervisors.

PhD candidates are required to research and write a thesis (80,000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography).


Time Limits - MPhil
Full-time MPhil candidates will have up to three (3) calendar years to complete the degree requirements (Coursework and Thesis).

Full-time students who upgrade to MPhil from the MA programme must complete the degree requirements within two (2) calendar years of the start of the programme.

Part-time MPhil candidates will have up to five (5) years to complete the same requirements.

Time Limits - PhD Full-time PhD candidates who are required to complete two Research Fields must complete the requirements for the degree within five (5) calendar years of the start of the programme.

Full-time PhD candidates who are required to complete only one (1) Research Field must complete these requirements within four (4) calendar years of the start of the programme.

Part-time PhD candidates have up to seven (7) years to complete the same requirements.


Conferment of the Degree
The successful completion of the coursework (where necessary), the compulsory Seminar Presentations, the Research Field(s) and the thesis will lead to the award of the MPhil or PhD degree.



LIST OF COURSES
 
GRSM 7001 MPhil Research Seminar 1
GRSM 7002 MPhil Research Seminar 2
CLTR 7000 MPhil Cultural Studies Thesis
GRSM 8001 PhD Research Seminar 1
GRSM 8002 PhD Research Seminar 2
GRSM 8003 PhD Research Seminar 3
CLTR 8000 PhD Cultural Studies Thesis

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