Entry Requirements

How to register

Follow the instructions given by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at: https://goo.gl/WrQxru

To apply to IGDS programmes, visit https://www.mona.uwi.edu/postgrad/prospectus

When to register

Registration for courses should take place within the first week of each semester until the degree is awarded. The registration process can continue until the 3rd week of the semester.

Registration is a 2-part process: 1. Choosing courses on SAS and 2. Paying fees generated by the Mona Bursary

If a student registers for the Research Paper and does not complete this in the first semester of registration, regulations require him/ her to re-register every subsequent semester until the Paper has been submitted and graded. Similarly, MPhil and PhD candidates who have completed courses are mandated to register for their thesis each academic year as well as all seminars done in the relevant semesters.


If at the end of the published registration period, records show that a student has not completed a registration, and that student is not on approved Leave of Absence, he/ she will be deemed to have Withdrawn from the programme and his/ her name will be removed from the student register. To be considered for re-entry to a programme after withdrawal requires re-application to the programme.

Examination Regulations

Candidates at the graduate level are required to pass both coursework and exam components of each course to be deemed as passing the course.

Candidates are required to pass in both written examinations and coursework at the first attempt. In respect of any candidate who fails the coursework or written examination at the first attempt, the Board of Examiners will recommend to Campus Committee whether a second attempt should be permitted. If such a recommendation is approved, the student will be awarded a failing grade of FE (failed exam) or FC (failed coursework). This indicates that permission has been granted to re-sit the examination / re-submit coursework for that course the next time it is offered.

General information regarding the conduct of UWI examinations can be accessed at: https://www.mona.uwi.edu/exams/

Number of failures per semester:

Candidates will be asked to withdraw if they fail more than 50% of courses in any semester in accordance with UWI graduate regulations

Re-sit Examinations:

Candidates are allowed to re-sit examinations and exam components of courses in accordance with UWI graduate regulations

Assessment procedures for courses, coursework, fieldwork, internships, or other:

Assessment will include coursework, including class presentations, group work assignments, fieldwork exercises; and examinations.

Assessment procedures for Research Project (as appropriate):

Research Projects and Theses examination follows the OGSR Regulations

Referencing style

The IGDS uses APA referencing style for all papers and assignments. Guidelines can be found at: https://goo.gl/xPGVYQ

Time limits for completion:

  • Diploma – 3 semesters, 2 years maximum
  • MSc – Two (2) Academic Years, 4 years maximum
  • MPhil 3 years full time 5 years part time
  • PhD 5 years full time 7 years part time

Award of Distinction

To be eligible for the award of the MSc degree with Distinction the candidate must pass all courses at the first sitting and the average mark of all courses must be 70% or more. The candidate must also achieve a mark of 70% or over in the Research Paper.

Scholarships and Prizes

Available scholarships and bursaries are advertised on the Office of Graduate Studies and Research’s website, Campus Pipeline as well as the Notice Boards across campus.

The RCO has also recently launched the Catherine James Scholarship, which will offer part tuition to a successful MSc candidate.

The Louraine Emmanuel Graduate Award in Gender and Development Studies, which includes a book prize and small cash award is also presented to top performing graduate students each year. The award is based on academic excellence in written English and oral expression and honours Louraine Emmanuel, a stalwart of the IGDS.

In addition, the RCO offers small travel grants (when possible) to students who will be presenting in confernces, or particpating in approved study tours.

Programme Requirements


Diploma Programme

To be admitted to the programme applicants must at the very least, satisfy UWI Lower Level or Mature Student matriculation requirements which include:

  • Holders of five CXC Diplomas with acceptable passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting as follows:
    • (i) in English (A)
    • (ii) in Mathematics, or in a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or Additional Mathematics or Geography
    • (iii) in three other approved subjects not already counted above.
  • Holders of one or more of the eight Diplomas from the School of Continuing Studies including English Language at the CXC General Proficiency Level I, II or III or the GCE O-Level Examination
  • Persons over 25 years can enter on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainment and experience;
  • Applicants should have a first degree with at least a lower 2nd Class Honours (GPA 2.0 -2.99) or its equivalent.

Masters Programme

The minimum requirement for admission to a taught masters’ degree (i.e MA, MEd, MBA, MSc, MSW etc) shall normally be a Lower Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent. You should also see specific Departmental requirements. In order to enroll in a Research degree (i.e. MPhil/PhD), you should have at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent.

M.Phil/PhD Programme

Applicants should have a first degree with at least upper 2nd Class Honours (GPA 3.0-3.99) or above, or its equivalent or a postgraduate degree from a recognized tertiary institution Preference will be given to students who have pursued the undergraduate Major/Minor in Gender and Development Studies and/or the MSc. in Gender and Development Studies.