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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 want to attend a course only one or two afternoons a week...

    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 Studies 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Disability 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 debates and concerns.

    Elective Modules
    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. 

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