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Taught Masters Programmes

Taught programmes offered at the Cave Hill Campus include the:
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master in Business Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Laws 
  • Master of Education
  • Master in Public Health
The Campus also offers postgraduate diplomas in selected areas.


Specialist DM Degrees

The Campus offers specialist degrees through the Faculty of Medical Sciences in the following areas
  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery (Part II)
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Barbados Medical Council and must also be in an approved post at a University Hospital.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees

The principal research degrees are the:

  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Research Degrees involve independent study, assisted by a Supervisor, and the production of a thesis. The essential difference between the Master and Doctoral levels, apart from the length of the registration period, lies in the quality of a successful Ph.D. thesis. This must be judged to be the result of original research, to be an addition to knowledge and to be worthy of publication either in full or in an abridged form. The award of a Ph.D. degree also requires that a candidate defends his/her thesis at a public oral examination.

A candidate who is registered for the M.Phil. degree may apply, after a period of one year from the date of initial registration and at any time thereafter within a total period of three years from the initial registration, for upgrading of his/her registration to the Ph.D.

Research degrees contain a taught element, the intent of which is to provide students with research techniques and skills that will not only help them to complete their current research topic, but strengthen their practical application skills for life after university.

Doctor of Business Administration
The Campus also offers - through the Cave Hill School of Business - the Doctor of Business Administration degree which has a structured course element and a thesis. 

We recognise the considerable personal and financial investment that students make in deciding to pursue a higher degree and therefore note that it is extremely important that the choice made suits individual needs and preferences. If you decide to pursue a research degree, it is also important that the thesis topic chosen is of genuine and sustainable interest.

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