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MA in Cultural Studies

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About the Programme

The discipline of Cultural Studies seeks to understand the complexity of culture and its political uses. The central aim of the postgraduate programme in Cultural Studies is to promote the discipline at UWI as an important area of study and research and, by so doing, to stimulate academic discourse and promote a deeper understanding of Caribbean culture and identity

What Will I Study?

In the course of study, students will:
  • Study and document the historical range and  diversity of Caribbean peoples and their cultures.
  •  Examine the many facets of  Caribbean cultural expression in an interdisciplinary context and from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Explore the relationships between Caribbean culture and the social and political developments of the region.
  • Analyse the uses and abuses of the Caribbean’s cultural heritage in the economic development of the region and its people.
  • Promote the study of nation and identity as defined by cultural history.
  • Critique the formation and existence of gender hierarchies in the Caribbean and its impact on Caribbean culture.


The research interests of our class include Caribbean cultural thought, African Diaspora Studies, African diaspora religious cultures and spiritualities, Migration, Diaspora and Transnational Identities, Caribbean Popular Culture, and Africana social and political thought.

Career Opportunities

Career choices for Cultural Studies graduates include the following fields:
  • University lecturers
  • 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.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MA
  • Duration: Full-time candidates must complete these requirements within fifteen (15) months of the start of the programme. Part-time candidates will have twenty-four (24) months.


Programme Details

Students are required to do the following compulsory courses:

  • CLTR6000 Theory and Conceptualisation of Culture
  • CLTR6010 Debates in Caribbean Cultural Identity
  • CLTR6030 Dynamics of Caribbean Culture (year long course)
  • CLTR6100 Methods of Inquiry in Cultural Studies
Students are required to take one approved elective, drawn from elective courses on offer in Cultural Studies that year or in other programmes including (but not limited to) Creative Arts, Literatures in English, Sociology, Political Science and History.

Students are also required to undertake a research paper which should be 15,000 words in length, excluding bibliography and footnotes.

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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