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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics


MPhil and PhD Finance

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About the Programme

The Department offers the MPhil / PhD in Finance will require students to present and defend a Thesis Proposal that is of acceptable quality and scope at the MPhil /PhD level. The Thesis must follow the guidelines set out in the Graduate Studies Guide for Students and Supervisors.  A PhD in Finance exposes students to different set tools, courses and research in comparison to what one would expect in a PhD in Economics  Generally, a student pursuing a PhD in finance would be expected to exhibit expertise in the areas of financial economics, econometrics, asset pricing, corporate finance as well as research in their field of specialisation.

What Will I Study?

Students in the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programme are required to successfully:
1. Complete a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework for MPhil/nine (9)
    credits of coursework for PhD,
2.  Present seminars (2 for M.Phil./3 for Ph.D.)
3.  Submit a thesis.


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.