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Faculty of Social Sciences

Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management


MPhil/PhD. Management Studies

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About the Programme

Desire a career in academia or in consulting at the highest level? Then an MPhil or a PhD in Management Studies is an excellent option for you. Undertaking the MPhil/PhD in Management Studies will set you on the path to becoming an expert in your area of study, provide a gateway for making a real contribution to business knowledge, and place you in a community of academics who have presented/published in top local, regional and international conferences/journals.

An MPhil or a Masters of Philosophy degree is done by thesis. On completion, students may be allowed to upgrade to the PhD programme after an assessment of the work done for the MPhil is conducted by the relevant faculty.  

There are two paths to a PhD in the Cave Hill School of Business and Management :-
  1. PhD by thesis. This requires the completion of a full thesis (approximately 80,000-100,000 words)
  2. PhD by publication. This option requires the candidate to achieve three publications in highly rated international journals.  The target journals will be stipulated by the candidate’s Advisory Committee.  

What Will I Study?

  • The epistemology and ontology of research
  • Advanced research design and methodology
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research approaches
  • Special contributions of academic research to theory and practice
  • Ethical considerations for research
  • Academic writing


Our Faculty conducts research in a wide cross-section of areas related to management including leadership, workplace bullying, psychometric assessment, entrepreneurship, business development, consumer behaviour, e-learning readiness, industrial psychology, ethics, finance and investments, and accounting theory and practice.

Selected Publications and Research Awards.
Professor Dwayne Devonish has done significant research in the area of organisational psychology.  His research record has made him the youngest full professor in the entire UWI system, as of 2020.
Dr. Dion Greenidge has proven expertise in psychometric assessment. He developed ‘The Hierarchical Personality Assessment Questionnaire (HIPAQ)’ which has been translated into Mandarin and has placed him in demand internationally.
In 2019, Drs. Nadini and Indeira Persaud and Professor Dwayne Devonish published a book with Ian Randle Publishers called the “Nuts and Bolts of Research Methodology: From Conceptualisation to Write Up”.
In 2019, Dr. Wayne Charles Soverall launched a book he co-authored with Professor Jamal Khan entitled “Empowering Management”.

In 2015, Dr. Sherma Roberts was principal author on a book entitled “Contemporary Caribbean Tourism: Concepts and cases” which will be used by tourism students and academics across the Caribbean and overseas.

In 2018, then faculty member Professor Philmore Alleyne was presented with the Outstanding Paper in the 2018 Emerald Literati awards for his article published in the Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting entitled “Antecedents of taxpayer’s intentions to engage in tax evasion: evidence from Barbados”. Professor Philmore Alleyne is globally recognised for his work in accounting ethics. 

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:
  • Lecturer/Professor in some area which falls under Management Studies ( e.g. Marketing, Human Resources, Finance or Project Management)
  • Research Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • Policy Analyst

Apply now if these career paths interest you!

We accept applications from November 1 to June 30. However, expressions of interest are accepted throughout the year.

Why Study in Barbados

Get the most bang for your buck - gain a world class education at affordable tuition rates.

Create your own legacy as you connect with a long history of distinguished business and civic leaders who have walked the halls of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration: MPhil: 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time ; PhD: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time


Programme Details

The requirements of this course of study are to:
  1. Present MPhil research at two research seminars and/or present PhD research at three research seminars during the course of study.
  2. Ensure the university’s ethical guidelines are followed throughout the entire PhD process.
  3. Submit a thesis with original theoretical and practical contributions to knowledge in the area of Management Studies.
  4. If desired, make a presentation of your MPhil research work in order to be considered for upgrade/entrance into the PhD programme.
  5. Orally defend your PhD thesis in front of a panel of academic experts in the field and make any corrections necessary.
  6. In conjunction with your supervisory team, seek out opportunities for professional development such as conferences and opportunities to publish your work.

Our tuition is internationally competitive and we offer scholarships, financial aid and payment plans to make university education available to our students. Please click here for details on financing options.  


For MPhil: Upper Second Class Honours or First Class Honours degree from a reputable tertiary institution, with strong preference given to students who have experience or training in business/management. 

For PhD: A minimum of a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or a Masters degree with a strong background in Management. Candidates must able to work independently, with guidance from the assigned Supervisor and/or Advisory Committee.

Potential entrants into the MPhil/PhD programme are required to prepare a research proposal as part of their application. Admission to the MPhil/PhD programme is contingent upon candidates having a thesis proposal compatible with the expertise and resources available in the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management.

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