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Graduate Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI) can be undertaken by taught courses and research. A list of the programmes is provided below.


Some of the taught programmes offered at the Mona Campus are the Master of Arts (MA), the Master of Library Studies (MLS), Master of Business Administration  (MBA), the Master of Science (MSc) in Human Resource Development (HRD), Management Information Systems (MIS), Natural Resource Management (NRM), Digital Technology, Plant Production and Protection, Nursing, Clinical Psychology, and Master of Public Health (MPH). These degrees consist mainly of lectures, coursework and either a project or a dissertation/research paper. The Master in Education (M.Ed.) through a project involves a substantial research component.


The Mona Campus offers the following programmes by distance

  • MSc Counselling
  • Master in Education (MEd)


Full time degree programmes leading to the award of Doctorate in Medicine (DM) are offered in all specialties. See list of DM programmes.

All programmes aim at providing exit qualifications at Consultant Level.


The principal research degrees are Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In addition, the Faculty of Medical Sciences offers the 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 PhD 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 PhD degree also requires that a candidate defend their thesis at a public oral examination.

Research degrees now contain a taught element. The intention of these courses 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.

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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