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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of History and Philosophy


Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy

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About the Programme

The aim of the Philosophy MPhil/PhD programme is to provide you with the philosophical tools needed to create and foster deeper study of Caribbean approaches to central philosophical issues, including identity, human nature, and social and political life.

What Will I Study?

You will :

  • hone your knowledge and skills within various aspects of Philosophy through examination of, and engagement with, diverse philosophical methodologies;
  • further recognise the importance of philosophy in understanding and analysing ontological, existential, personal, national and regional issues within the Caribbean context
  • apply philosophical arguments to current social, political and ethical problems confronting the Caribbean;
  • deepen your understanding of some contemporary philosophical problems
Students must also complete a thesis, with the assistance of an assigned Supervisor, of 50,000 words for the MPhil programme and 80,000 words for the PhD probramme. See guidelines

Additional Information

You will need to complete the: (1)course requirements; (2) seminar requirements; and (3) thesis (and oral examination for the PhD).

Each MPhil candidate will present at least two (2) open seminars. The first seminar presentation should normally be the student’s research proposal. MPhil candidates must present a second seminar and PhD candidates a total of three (3) seminars before the completion of the thesis.

Each candidate must present a thesis of the appropriate size: 50,000 words for the MPhil and a maximum of 80,000 words for the PhD. A PhD candidate will also be required to submit to a viva voce (an oral examination) on the thesis submitted. See Thesis guide

Also, see Faculty Regulations for more information.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration: 2 years (full-time); 3 years (part-time)


Programme Details

MPhil candidates MUST register to earn the requisite six (6) course credits from two (2) of the following:
Core Course:

  • PHIL6010: Philosophical Methodologies
And one of the following electives:
  • PHIL6015: Major Figures in Philosophy
  • PHIL6020: Issues and Trends in Caribbean Philosophy
  • PHIL6025: African Philosophy and Sagacity

PhD candidates shall complete nine (9) course credits: the core course and any two elective courses.

See Course Description»

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Student Financing Website »

1. Applicants must meet the general requirements for higher degrees as set out by the Regulations of the University, Faculty of Humanities and Education, and the Department of History and Philosophy, as approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research.

2. The minimum requirement for admission is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
3. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements, may in exceptional circumstances be admitted on passing a Qualifying Examination.

4. Candidates desirous of pursuing the PhD must first register for the MPhil degree.

All candidates for the MPhil. and PhD must complete a Common First Year. Students will be expected to audit courses covering historiography, methodology and theory. In addition, each candidate will be expected, with the guidance of the assigned Supervisor, to complete an extensive research proposal.

For further information on how to apply for our programme please click here.