MSc. Development Studies

MSc. in Development Studies online programme (General or Concentrations in Social Development Policy, Economic Development Policy or Governance and Public Policy)

The MSc Development Studies is a one-year (two years, part-time) programme offered by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). In keeping with the UWI’s vision, the MSc in Development Studies is designed to produce graduates with specialized leadership skills for development and an interdisciplinary grasp of the Social Sciences.

It will:

  • Expose students to recent social, economic and political developments especially in small developing countries
  • Facilitate an understanding of the principles and practices of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation
  • Equip students to use quantitative and qualitative techniques in decision-making; and
  • Equip students with the skills to undertake research in policy analysis.

In addition to a firm grounding in contemporary social, political and economic affairs, the degree features a novel leadership seminar, a practical in-course approach to research methodology and a technical writing seminar.

SALISES offers a small group atmosphere, its own Documentation Centre, and dedicated administrative staff in three locations across the Caribbean (Mona, Jamaica; Cave Hill, Barbados and St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago). Students will be able to call in or visit for assistance.

Programme Objectives:

To produce graduates who:

  • Can make a significant contribution to the implementation of a development agenda for small island developing states
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills fit for key senior management and leadership positions in government, civil society and international organisations, including in development analysis and monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes.
  • Become positive change agents in their community, work place and country.

Duration: One (1) year full-time; Two (2) years part-time (inclusive of Summer Term)
Delivery Mode: Online (asynchronous and synchronous)