years Full time and 5 years Part time); PhD (5 years Full time and 7 years Part time).
The programme is research-oriented and areas of basic and clinical investigations will include metabolic, endocrine and genetic disorders, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring.
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus will be the only institution in the Caribbean offering postgraduate degrees in Chemical Pathology. The University of West Indies currently
offers a Doctor of Medicine degree in Chemical Pathology.The proposed MPhil and PhD programmes are research-oriented and areas of basic and clinical investigations will include metabolic, endocrine and genetic disorders, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring. The doctoral programme seeks to produce knowledgeable and competent persons who will provide a high level of leadership in research in Chemical Pathology. PhD students will attend regular seminars arranged by the programme and make presentations once per semester. PhD students must complete a minimum of 9 credits and conduct research leading to a thesis. Students will be required to submit a research thesis and pass an oral examination before graduation. MPhil students will attend regular seminars arranged by the programme and make presentations once per semester. MPhil students must complete a minimum of 6 credits and conduct research leading to a thesis which must be submitted before graduation. The programme is an entirely new programme; no similar programme previously existed at UWI or any other University in Jamaica. This programme is self-financing.
Normally only a University Graduate with a first class honours or an upper second class honours degree from a recognized university in science or medicine [including Medical Science Degrees, BBMed Sci. majors, Physiotherapy, Pure Science degrees (including Chemistry, Zoology and Forensic Sciences)] will be considered for direct admission to the MPhil programme in the SubDepartment of Chemical Pathology, Department of Pathology. Candidates with a MBBS degree will be considered for admission to the MPhil programme. Candidates with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience, or equivalent qualifications, will also be considered for admission to the course following an interview by the Departmental Specialty Board. Such candidates, if the Departmental Specialty Board is in doubt of their suitability for admission, may be considered for admission subject to successfully passing a qualifying examination.
This qualifying examination would follow a prescribed qualifying course(s)/programme in the relevant subspecialty area and would take the form – written and/or oral examination prescribed by the Departmental Specialty Board. Students will be required to satisfy the credit requirements for postgraduate study as prescribed by the Board of Graduate Studies. If they have not already completed suitable and recognized courses in Research Methods, then they will be required to do so. This will also contribute to credit requirements.
Additional requirements to be met by all applicants:
Two letters of recommendations from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s character, scientific ability and work experience.