The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Graduate Programmes: Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) Entry Requirements

Master Programme | Entry Requirements | Courses


Candidate should:

1) Have a total of five (5) years post RN licensure/registration clinical practice as a registered nurse in an approved recognized agency, institution or organization where Primary, Secondary, Tertiary or Extended Health Care services are offered. Students requiring admission to Advanced Nursing Practice must have five (5) years current clinical practice. The time spent on any educational programme is not included in this five (5) year practice requirement.


Meet one of the following requirements

2) Hold an undergraduate degree with normally not less than second class honors
3) Hold a graduate degree


4) Hold approved technical and/or professional qualification(s) awarded by an approved body and approved by this University and currently holds a middle level position


5) Have in the opinion of the University, other qualification(s) and experience of special relevance to the programme.
Within the Regulations, every effort will be made to facilitate the individual student’s academic goals, professional and career expectations, and employment realities.

An applicant may be required to:

1) Sit an entrance examination and/or
2) Attend an interview and/or
3) Have a period of orientation appropriate to their programme of interest, BEFORE admission

An applicant will:

1) Have the relevant educational transcripts sent directly by the educational institution to the UWI
2) Complete a portfolio relevant to nursing education/practice/experience on the form(s) provided
3) Have two (2) referees complete and send their respective recommendation on the prescribed UWI form directly to the University of the West Indies
4) Provide any other documentation requested
5) Meet the deadlines stated for the submission of documents

Contact the Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417- 4694/4703/4264 Fax: (246) 438-9170 Email: