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

    If you want to examine recent developments in disability and social policy…
    • And analyse and investigate key debates, concepts and practices…

    If you work, or plan to work, in the public or private spheres of healthcare or social care…
    • And want to examine developments in institutional and community-based care...

    …then the MA in Disability and Social Policy is the programme for you.

    The MA in Disability and Social Policy provides a firm foundation for you to consider, and critically analyse, specific disability-related issues within the context of current welfare policies, practices and research. The programme examines the various intellectual paths and strategies available for investigating key concepts and debates within Disability and Social Policy.

    thorugh the programme of study, we examine current and future developments in institutional and community-based care and support services for disabled people and their families. You will also explore the recent trend towards 'independent living', and greater user autonomy and control within welfare policy.

    The MA in Disability and Social Policy draws on the expertise of scholars and researchers from the internationally-renowned Centre for Disability Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. It is the first postgraduate programme that focuses exclusively on the relationship between these two areas of social investigation in the UK.


    MA Disability and Social Policy is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: three compulsory, two 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.

    Issues in Social Policy Analysis and Research explores the intellectual paths and means available for analysing and investigating policies and practices, taking recent developments in welfare arrangements and social policy institutions as material.

    The module will introduce you to a range of analytical starting points and theoretical perspectives; it will ask you to consider views about causation, the problem of 'proof' and the kinds of enquiries that arise through particular positions, values and settings.

    Disability and Social Policy 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 Disability and Social Policy debates and concerns.

    Elective Modules

    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose two modules from the following list.
    • Fundamental Issues in Sociological Research
    • Research Strategy and Design
    • Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
    • Race, Gender and Migration
    • Disability and Development
    • Evaluation Research
    • Negotiated Study in Disability Studies

    For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue .

    Postgraduate Diploma in Disability and Social Policy
    Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Disability and Social Policy covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.

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