MPhil/PhD Law

Entry Requirements

MPhil

The following are eligible to apply for admission to the MPhil Law programmes:

  • Persons holding approved graduate degrees awarded primarily for research;
  • Persons holding a taught Master’s degree from the UWI or other approved University, provided that the Master’s degree included a research component of at least 25% of the total credit rating and the applicant achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent; or
  • Persons possessing such other qualifications and experience as the Board for Graduate Studies may approve.
PhD Law

The following are eligible to apply for admission to PhD Law programmes:

  • Persons holding approved graduate degrees awarded primarily for research;
  • Persons holding a taught Master’s degree from the UWI or another approved University, provided that the Master’s programme included a research component of at least 25% of the total credit rating and the applicant achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent;
  • Persons registered in MPhil degree programmes of the UWI who have met the requirements for upgrading of their registration, as stipulated by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research; or
  • Persons possessing such other qualifications and experience as the Board for Graduate Studies and Research may approve.

Admission of applicants to PhD programmes without prior registration for the MPhil must be approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research.

Availability of Expertise and Resources

Admission is contingent on whether candidates have a thesis proposal compatible with the expertise and resources available in the Faculty of Law (St. Augustine)

Course of Study

Students in the MPhil and PhD degree programmes are required to successfully:

  • Complete a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework for MPhil/nine (9) credits of coursework for PhD,
  • Present seminars (2 for MPhil/3 for PhD), and
  • Submit a thesis.

Courses

Students in the MPhil and PhD degree programme should determine with their supervisor which courses would satisfy the credit requirements. Courses should be completed in the first year.

List of Courses
  • LAW 6000 MPhil Law Thesis
  • LAW 6101 MPhil Research Seminar 1
  • LAW 6102 MPhil Research Seminar 2
  • LAW 8000 PhD Law Thesis
  • LAW 8001 PhD Research Seminar 1
  • LAW 8002 PhD Research Seminar 2
  • LAW 8003 PhD Research Seminar 3

Compulsory Seminar Presentations

For each seminar, candidates are required to write and present a paper to be photocopied and distributed beforehand on a topic arising out of their research as well as to field questions put to them afterwards. Seminars should be completed within the first year of the programme.

Thesis

Candidates are required to present and defend a thesis of acceptable scope and quality for the degree. The Thesis must follow the guidelines set out in the University’s Thesis Guide.

Conferral of the Degree

The successful completion of the compulsory coursework, Seminar Presentation and the Thesis will lead to the award of the degree.