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Diploma in Cultural Studies

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About the Programme

The Diploma in Cultural Studies fills the need for partnership between UWI and the wider Caribbean community in a specific way thereby strengthening the role of the university in answering the needs of individuals active in cultural agencies, in creating or administering policy, or in the arts. It provides a bridge between the undergraduate offerings and the graduate MA programme and research degrees in Cultural Studies currently offered on the three campuses.

It is a teaching tool which offers certification for those involved in the field of culture, some of whom are experts in their own right, and who are seeking university certification. It seeks to afford these interested individuals, the opportunity to explore a wide array of cultural expressions as they are manfested within the Caribbean and beyond.

What Will I Study?

Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:
  •  Analyse key dimensions of culture.
  • Examine a wide array of cultural expressions as they are manifested within the Caribbean and its Diaspora.
  • Examine perspectives from seminal written, creative and artistic works in the field.
  • Collaborate and network with cultural workers and artists.
  • Enhance and interpret their cultural products using the benefit of the scholarly process.
  • Utilise the techniques of cultural analysis in developing frameworks for examining the dynamics within Caribbean culture.
  • Undertake higher level graduate studies in culture.

Career Opportunities

Career choices for Cultural Studies graduates include the following fields:
  • Cultural Policy practitioners
  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Teachers
  • Journalists
  • Editors
  • Entrepreneurs

Why Study in Barbados

Students have the unique ability to study Caribbean culture within the Caribbean, drawing on the resources of the UWI which collectively constitutes the premier place for the study of the Caribbean in the Anglophone world today.

Additional Information

The Diploma in Cultural Studies is a taught postgraduate programme that is offered on a part-time basis.
Candidates must complete the requirements within twelve (12) months of the start of the programme. The Research Paper/Project is undertaken after completion of the courses.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: Part Time Only - one year (12 months)


Programme Details

Students are required to gain twenty-five (25) credits through successful completion of three (3) courses and a research paper or project. The Research Paper/Project is undertaken after completion of the course.

All Compulsory:

  • CLTR 6030 Dynamics of Caribbean Culture  (a two semester course)
  • CLTR 6230 Caribbean Popular and Creative Culture
  • CLTR 6500 Research Methodology for Cultural Practitioners
  • CLTR 6900 Research Paper/Project.

Student tuition fees are assessed by the School for Graduate Studies and Research, see their site at

Applications are accepted from November to June, for entry in August, which marks the commencement of the academic year.  However, expressions of interest are accepted all year.


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