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Graduate Programmes

MPhil in Gender and Development Studies
The MPhil is usually offered to students who have obtained at least an Upper Second Class (Honours) undergraduate degree or equivalent. Students with undergraduate degrees but no related training are required to fulfill at least 9 credits (3 courses) prior to admission. 
The MPhil is a research degree with three core courses, two non-credit programme seminars and a thesis. Candidates may pursue the MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.

PhD in Gender and Development Studies
A postgraduate degree is required to be eligible for the PhD. With the exception of holders of MPhil Degrees from recognized universities, candidates will be required to register for the MPhil in the first instance which will be upgraded to the PhD once progress is satisfactory. Persons without a strong background in Gender Studies may be required to take relevant courses.
 UWI graduates with an MA (coursework and/or the MPhil degree in the discipline in which the average course work mark is 60% or higher) are eligible to apply for the PhD degree. These include:
  • MSc Gender and Development
  • 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 field such as, but not limited to: Economics, Business, Social Work, Theology and Natural SciencesStudents with no prior training in Gender Studies/Women’s Studies/Men’s Studies/Masculinity Studies will be required to fulfill the Institute’s requirements.
For more information on the MPhil/PhD programme, please see the IGDS Graduate student handook.


" The challenge of the twenty-first century is to demystify these political and ideological relations and expose them for what they really are--that is, strategies of accumulation of capital by any means necessary. This should be the real work of civil society organizations, that of contesting power of transnational capital and engendering democracy at all levels, not just articulating empty platitudes about a generalized empowerment. "
Unsettling Masculinity in the Caribbean- Facing a Future without Guarantees, Linden Lewis

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