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  • Entry requirements
    a good honours degree in a social science discipline.
  • Course description

    If you are working or planning a career in the field of disability and international development 
    • And want to analyse and investigate key debates, concepts and practices…

    If you are a service provider, practitioner or policy maker...
    • And wish to bridge the gap between your understanding of theory and practice...

    ...then MA in Disability and Global Development is the programme for you.

    MA Disability Studies provides a comprehensive insight into the changing and challenging nature of disability theory, policy and research, and gives you the knowledge and skills to meet those challenges.

    The MA in Disability and Global Development combines a broad interdisciplinary insight into development theories and strategies with knowledge and skills relating to disability studies.

    Students follow the common core programme and an optional module which deepen knowledge across the areas of both development and disability.

    This includes project and research skills in the context of developing countries and with respect to disability issues, social policy, politics and disabled people.

    All students registered on the MA produce a dissertation dealing with both development and disability issues.


    MA in Disability and Global Development is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: four compulsory, one elective.

    Compulsory Modules
    Debates on Disability Theory and Research gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate recent debates and developments within social research on disability.Not only will you discuss positivist, interpretative and 'emancipatory' methodologies, alongside associated data collection and analytical strategies, you will also examine their significance for disability research.

    Through the module, you will investigate theoretical perspectives, the various definitions and approaches to impairment and disability, and disability as an equal opportunities and policy issue. You will explore the impact of myths and prejudices, industrialisation and the welfare state upon cultural representations of disability.

    Disability and Development  This module will give students a thorough grounding in theories relating to disability in the context of development studies; an appreciation of the way understanding of disabilities articulates with varying cultural norms and a critical awareness of policy interventions around disability in developing countries, with particular attention to community based rehabilitation. Students will be able to critically assess the factors underlying differential patterns of impairment and prevalence of impairments across different countries and among different population groups.

    Disability and Global Development Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the department's MA/PhD supervisory panel. Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader debates and concerns relating to disability and global development.

    Development Theories, Strategies and Issues The module aims to act as an introduction to the field of development studies and takes an interdisciplinary approach. It focuses on theories of development, substantive issues of development, development strategy and project appraisal. It aims to assess the historical process of development and underdevelopment, taking into consideration both internal and external factors. It attempts to provide an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of developing countries and examines their policy implications.

    Elective Modules

    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose one module from the following list.
    • Global Genders
    • Gender, Race & Culture
    • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
    • Democracy and Development
    • Democratization and Multi-Party Politics in Africa
    • Famine and Food Security
    • Gender, Globalisation and Development
    • Political Economy of Resources and Development
    • Rural Development: Theoretical and Policy Issues
    • Other Wars: Conflict in a Gendered Perspective
    • The EU and the Developing World
    • Political Transitions in South East Asia
    • Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy
    • Development Management Techniques
    • Research Methodology for Development
    • Race, Gender and Migration

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