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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies


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About the Programme

The MSc in Development Studies is designed to produce graduates with specialized leadership skills for development and an interdisciplinary grasp of the Social Sciences.

Programme Structure and Content:
The degree comprises of thirty-six (36) credits. Each course is worth three (3) credits. Students must select the General Degree or one of three Concentrations at the start of the programme.
  1. Master of Science in Development Studies (Social Development Policy)
  2. Master of Science in Development Studies (Economic Development Policy)
  3. Master of Science in Development Studies (Governance and Public Policy).
The MSc in Development Studies online programme (General or Concentrations in Social Policy; Economic Development Policy or Governance and Public Policy) is designed to produce graduates who:
  1. Can make a significant contribution to the implementation of a development agenda for small island developing states.
  2. 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.
  3. Become positive change agents in their community, work place and country.

What Will I Study?

The programme is intended to do the following:
  1. Expose you to recent social, economic and political developments especially in small developing countries
  2. Facilitate an understanding of the principles and practices of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation
  3. Equip you to use quantitative and qualitative techniques in decision-making; and equips students with the skills to undertake research in policy analysis.
  4. You will also get 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.

Facilities and Resources

For access to reading material in the areas of social, economic, governance and public policy, please visit the Institute's Audine Wilkinson Library located on the ground floor of the Owen Arthur CARICOM Research Complex for assistance.

Additional Information

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The MSc in Development Studies consists of three semesters: September-December; January-April and May/June-August.

Please note that students will be billed across the first two semesters.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: One (1) year (full time); Two (2) years (part-time) (inclusive of Summer Term) Online asynchronous


Programme Details

Core Courses
SALI6205 – Global Political Economy
SALI6012 – Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SALI6200 – Understanding Contemporary Society and Development
SALI6031 – Techniques of Applied Social Statistical Analysis
SALI6206 – Small States’ Development: Challenges and Opportunities
SALI6023 – Monitoring and Evaluation
SALI6203 – Leadership Seminar
SALI6204 – Public Policy Analysis and Management
SALI6060 – Research Paper

Social Development Policy Concentration
SALI6104 – Social Inequality and Marginalization
GEND6605 – Regulating Sexual Citizenship in ‘Postcolonial’ Nations
SALI6109 – Social Investment in Children

Economic Development Policy Concentration
SALI6020 – Microeconomic Policy Analysis
SALI6022 – Quantitative Methods for Economic Decision Making
SALI6108 – Environment and Sustainable Development

Governance and Public Policy Concentration
SALI6103 – Integration: Policies and Practices in Commonwealth Caribbean OR GOVT6081 – Caribbean Politics
SALI6110 – Development Cooperation and Aid Effectiveness
SALI6106 – Deviance, Conflict and Social Management

MSc degree - Tuition
USD$6,500* + The UWI miscellaneous fees.

*This information is subject to change.

Minimum requirements for admission are:
  1. A GPA of 2.5 or a Lower Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent. Pass degrees will be  considered with relevant work experience
  2. Interview and satisfactory diagnostic test result
  3. Two academic references.