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.
This unique and popular programme gives you the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical perspectives on a wide range of disability-related issues.
Offered on a modular basis, we have designed each module to examine the concepts associated with disablement in modern society and to provide a basic grounding in the principles and theories of each practice.
We explore disability as an equal opportunities issue through the study of contemporary organisations and institutionalised practices.
MA in Disability Studies
is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: three compulsory, two elective.
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.
Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
provides a thorough insight into contemporary social policy for disabled people with regard to education, employment, health and social support services, benefits, housing, transport and public amenities, self help and disability politics.
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 debates and concerns.
In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose two modules from the following list.
- Fundamental Issues in Social Research
- Research Strategy and Design
- Advanced Sociological Theory
- Advanced Ethnicity and Racism Studies
- Race, Gender and Migration
- Issues in Social Policy Analysis and Research
- Disability and Development
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Negotiated Study in Disability Studies
- Evaluation Research
For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue .
Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies
Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies 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.