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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


MPhil/PhD Literatures in English

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About the Programme

A Graduate degree in Literatures in English hones analytical skills for creative texts to develop intellectual knowledge about the usefulness of cultural and social texts within and beyond academia. This programme prioritises creativity, communication and critical observation – in-demand soft skills for any career path.

What Will I Study?

You will discover:
  • Culturally defining texts from across the Caribbean
  • Foundational critical theory
  • Approaches for qualitative research
  • Fora for the publication/ presentation of research projects

Facilities and Resources

The Department publishes journals devoted to literary criticism and creative writing:

Access seminal texts about the literature and culture of the Caribbean in the Sidney Martin Library’s West Indies Collection (WIC)


Our faculty does research in diasporic writing, Caribbean literature and criticism. We focus on Caribbean Popular Culture, Speculative Fiction and African film.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:
  • Become an educator/ administrator
  • Focus on publishing
  • Pursue a career in communications
  • Develop an academic/ research niche in textual studies
  • Continue on to further/ related Humanities, Administrative or select Social Science postgraduate programmes
Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Study the Caribbean in the Caribbean: Access scholars and resources committed to the development of Caribbean intellectual tradition and its contribution to the world as a part of a small graduate community in beautiful surroundings.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration: MA: 1 yr (FT) or 2 years (PT); M.Phil: 3 years (FT) or 5 years (PT); PhD: 5 years (FT) or 7 years (PT)


Programme Details

4 courses approved by the Faculty of Humanities & Education must be taken.

You can do courses in:

  • CARI 6001 Caribbean Thought
  • CARI 6005 Caribbean Diasporic Literatures
  • CARI 6000 Caribbean Literature across Languages
  • CARI 6006 Teaching Literature in the Caribbean Classroom
  • CARI 6010 Visualizing the Caribbean
  • LITS 6801 Independent Reading Course I
  • LITS 6802 Independent Reading Course II

Course offerings for academic year 2022 - 2023 »

Barbadian citizens with either First Class or Upper Second Class honours for their undergraduate degree are eligible for Government Sponsorship with this programme. Information about tuition and other financial costs can be viewed here.
Details about available postgraduate scholarships can be accessed here.  

The application deadline is January 31 (for entry in semester 1 beginning in September) and March 31 (for entry in semester 2 beginning in January). Further information on deadline dates and steps to apply can be accessed here.

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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