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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics


MPhil and PhD Economics

About the Programme

The Department offers the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are research. Research degrees involve independent study, directed by a supervisor, and the production of a thesis. The essential difference between the master and doctoral levels lies in the quality of a successful Ph.D. thesis, which must be judged to be the result of original research. As well as, an addition to knowledge and worthy of publication either in full or in an abridged form in a refereed journal. The award of a M.Phil./Ph.D. also requires the candidate to defend his/her thesis at a public, oral examination.

What Will I Study?

Students in the M.Phil and Ph.D. degree programmes are required to successfully:
1. Complete a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework for MPhil and nine (9) credits of coursework for PhD,
2.  Present two seminars for the M.Phil and three for the Ph.D
3.  Submit a thesis.
Students in the M.Phil and PhD. degree programmes should determine with their supervisor which courses would satisfy the credit requirements. Courses should be completed in the first year.


The Department of Economics specialises in a wide range of research. Please click here for more details. 

Career Opportunities

  • Research Analyst
  • Economist
  • Fund Analyst

Why Study in Barbados

The Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, plays a key role in training the next generation of decision-makers. The Department’s teaching incorporates local, regional and international perspectives and has a global reach.  According to RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), the Department of Economics is ranked in the top 10% of Economic Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Many former students in the Department have gone on to pursue careers in finance (e.g. commercial banks, international banks, finance companies), to name a few. Additionally, careers can also be found in industry, government and international financial institutions, (Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, International Monetary Fund) among others.  As part of The UWI's effort to build our ideal graduate, The UWI provides an international learning experience for our students.

The excellent teaching we provide, coupled with our beautiful environment and our warm and friendly people, the Department of Economics at Cave Hill Campus, truly makes students consider us a home away from home.

Additional Information

Regulations for the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Taught Masters Scholarships can be found at the following link:

For more information on the Postgraduate Scholarships. Please click the links below.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration: Two (2) Years


Programme Details

For more programme information please click here.


For all Postgraduate financial information. Please click here.

For all entry requirements information. Please click here.

To read more about research and publications. Please click here.