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MSc in Gender Studies

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About the Programme

This interdisciplinary programme seeks to analyse theoretical approaches to gender and development while localizing them in the regional context and beyond. Emphasis is placed on exposing students to the importance of appreciating difference vis-à-vis gender and other social categories of analysis. Beyond familiarizing students with the key analytical debates in the field of gender and development, the programme also considers diverse analytical tools and theoretical approaches for the analysis of development theories from a uniquely gendered perspective.

What Will I Study?

The Programe seeks to:
Improve the quality of gender-based analysis in the public, private and not-for-profit sector.
Demonstrate the breadth of the field of gender studies: its history of thought, research methods and applications to the Caribbean.

Facilities and Resources

For more information on student resources and facilities, please see the student handbook.

Career Opportunities

As part of the MSc. course of study, you will be familiairzed with a variety of contemporary issues, solutions and methods in and around gender and development. In turn, some of the career that you will be eligible for are:

Gender Specialist / Advisor.
Policy Advisor

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 18 months (full time) or 24 months (part-time)


Programme Details

  1. Contemporary Feminist Theorizing (4 credits)
  2. Feminist Epistemology and Methodology (4 credits)
  3. Issues in Caribbean Feminism and Gender Relations (3 credits)
  4. Gender Analysis for Development, Policy and Planning (4 credits)
  5. Sexualities, Bodies and Power in Society (4 credits)

Students may take elective courses from other graduate programmes, depending on interest and availability.  The offer of IGDS electives for any academic year will depend on the grouped research interests of the cohort as well as the availability of staff to offer these courses. In the initial stages of the programme not all electives will be offered.  The expansion of the number of electives will depend on the numbers of students enrolled and the availability of teaching staff.

Applicants should have a First Degree with at least lower 2nd Class Honours (GPA 2.0-2.99). Preference will be given to students with some prior training in gender studies.  This could include the UWI Minor in Gender and Development or Gender Studies or its equivalent.

For information on financing options available through the university please visit the Fees, Financial Aid and Scholarships information page:

Institute for Gender & Development Studies
Telephone: (246) 417-4490/4493 Fax:(246) 424-3822 Email: