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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences


Supervised MPhil or PhD in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science or Microbiology


About the Programme

Students can conduct supervised research for MPhil. and PhD. degrees in many specialist areas of the biological and chemical sciences.

Research interests of academic staff members can be referred to for the most recent projects and research direction.

What Will I Study?

Potential students will gain research experience in the biological and chemical sciences. Projects may be practical or theoretical in nature, depending on discipline. Students will learn fundamental skills related to scientific method and sound research practice.

For more information and regulations, students are encouraged to consult the School for Graduate Studies & Research Website.


Research recently produced by graduate students in our programme include: Students within the department have won awards at local and international conferences for their research presentations.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of any science undergraduate program in the biological, chemical or environmental sciences who is seeking to advance their career in research or increase their knowledge in a singular topic or field.
Persons graduating from the research degree programmes go on to careers in research, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), laboratory jobs (public and private sector), quality assurance, the legal fraternity and several other possibilities both within and outside of the Caribbean region.

Why Study in Barbados

Barbados presents a unique location to perform studies in the biological and chemical sciences. Whether the research is on natural products or the ecology and biology of flowering plants.

Barbados has a rich marine environment that has an established history of study.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration:
    MPhil. Full Time: 2 yrs, Part Time: 5 yrs;
    PhD. Full Time: 3 yrs, Part Time: 7 yrs


Programme Details

MPhil. Students

  • FPAS6000- Scientific Literature Review
  • ONE other course as chosen based on project with supervisor
  • Present TWO graduate seminars in the department.
  • Submit a thesis of original work.
PhD. Students
  • FPAS6000- Scientific Literature Review
  • TWO other graduate courses selected in consultation with supervisor.
  • Present THREE graduate seminars in the department
  • Submit a thesis of original work

Applications are accepted for MPhil. and PhD. programmes in both semesters.

Applicants are required to have an upper second-class honours degree with a strong knowledge of the discipline and content.

For inquiries and information about graduate research with potential supervisors, contact individual staff members or the Head of Department.

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

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417-4324/4323/4322 Fax:(246) 417-4325 Email: