MPhil and PhD in Child Adolescent and Youth Studies
The UWI Open Campus’ MPhil and PhD in Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies programmes are multidisciplinary and combines expertise from different disciplines such as Education, Social Work, Law, Health, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics and Politics. These multidisciplinary programmes are designed to prepare academics, policymakers, and practitioners to understand and address the evolving conditions among children, adolescents and youth. The programmes are also designed to prepare individuals to recognize and respond to the challenges that children, adolescents and youth within the region and elsewhere are encountering.
Objectives of the Programme:
On completion of these programmes, individuals should be able to:
- Utilize different disciplinary approaches to develop a rounded perspective on the causes of suboptimal development outcomes among children, adolescents and youth
- Apply their skills in qualitative and quantitative research
- Demonstrate their abilities to carry out research, present findings and make recommendations
- Conduct research in an area that has the potential to enhance child, adolescent or youth development
- Contribute to policy-making decisions
Who is this programme for?
The target market for the MPhil and PhD in Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies programmes comprise academics, policymakers, psychologists and practitioners from varying fields, including Education, Social Work, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Development and the Environment.
MPhil programme students must earn 16 credits from taught courses which comprise four (4) compulsory courses and one (1) elective; participate in two (2) research seminars; and complete a thesis.
For the PhD, students must successfully earn 19 credits from taught courses which comprise four (4) compulsory courses and two (2) electives; participate in three (3) research seminars; and complete a thesis.
Duration and Award of Degree
The MPhil in Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies programme should be completed within 3 years full-time and 4 years part-time.
The PhD in Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies programme should be completed within 5 years full-time and 6 years part-time.
When will the programme start?
Students may start this programme in August of each academic year.
The relevant General Regulations of the UWI Graduate Studies and Research shall apply. The general requirements are:
- MPhil: An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the related field, plus a research proposal
- PhD: A Masters taught degree with at least one research project and two research courses completed OR a MPhil degree
All participants must take part in an orientation programme that introduces them to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI post-graduate programme.