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at Cave Hill, Barbados

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit

Graduate Programme: Admission Requirements

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MPhil 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 Centre.
Students with no prior related training would need to fulfill the Centre’s requirements of at least 9 credits (3 courses) as identified in regulations specific to the programme, prior to admission to the programme.
The M.Phil. 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 strong proficiency for research and a sound understanding of research methodologies.
Candidates may enroll for the M.Phil. on a full time or part time basis.

Ph. D. Gender and Development Studies
The requirement for entry into this programme is a post-graduate degree. With the exception of holders of M.Phil. Degrees from recognized universities, candidates are normally required to register for the M.Phil. 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 graduate level courses.
UWI graduates in possession of the M.A. degree by coursework and/or the M.Phil. degree in the discipline in which the average course work mark is 60% or higher, will be accepted to register for the Ph.D. degree. 
The following may qualify applicants for admission to the Ph.D. degree in Gender and Development Studies: 
  • M.Sc. Gender and Development (UWI) 
  • M.Phil. Development Studies (Specialization, Gender and Development) UWI or equivalent qualification. M.Phil. Political Science or Sociology 
  • M.Sc./M.Phil Gender Studies/Women’s Studies/Men’s Studies/Masculinity Studies 
  • M.A. Cultural Studies 
  • M.A. Heritage Studies 
  • M.A. History
Any other relevant graduate field 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 Centre’s requirements.
Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email:

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: