The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) was established in August, 1999 as a research and graduate teaching institution. It provides an integrated teaching and research programme in the following areas:

  • Social Policy;
  • Governance and Public Policy;
  • Economic Development Policy.

The Institute focuses on issues relevant to small developing countries operating within a dynamic international environment.

Objectives of the Programmes

The MPhil and PhD degree programmes are research oriented and normally requires the candidate:

  • To show satisfactory knowledge of the background of the subject;
  • To write clearly and in a logical and ordered fashion;
  • To use appropriate research methods and techniques competently;
  • To display an ability to analyze critically and evaluate independently the relevant literature and related material;
  • To make an advance in knowledge of the subject

The PhD degree programme requires the candidate:

  • To achieve the same objectives as specified in the M.Phil. degree programme;
  • To make a significant original contribution to knowledge;
  • To produce a thesis which is worthy of publication.


  • MPhil: Not less than 2 years, not more than 5 years Full-time / 3 years minimum or 7 years maximum Part-time
  • PhD: Enrolled as MPhil candidate with the option to upgrade after 1 year - 4 years minimum or 6 years maximum Full-time / 4 years minimum or 8 years maximum Part-time