Disability Studies, M.A.

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About

If you’re a service provider, practitioner or policy maker who wants to bring theory and practice together, or you’re planning a career in the field of disability, you’ll explore a range of disability-related issues from theoretical and practical perspectives.

Core modules focus on social policy for disabled people in education, benefits, housing, transport, employment, health and social support services, as well as recent developments in social research on disability. You’ll also choose from optional modules to focus on the topics that best suit your own interests or career plans, from care to disability and development via research training or race and ethnicity studies.

Supported by our Centre for Disability Studies, you’ll learn in a stimulating environment where tutors’ teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.

The interdisciplinary Centre for Disability Studies is at the forefront of international research in the field, using social model approaches that recognise disability as a form of institutional discrimination and social exclusion, rather than a product of physical different between individuals. You’ll benefit from the expertise of researchers from diverse backgrounds, drawing on the experiences and issues raised by the disabled people’s movement.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for students with a comprehensive knowledge of disability issues in all areas of social life.

In particular, there are many career opportunities in health and social support services, education, human resources, statutory and voluntary agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), INGOs (international non-governmental agencies) and charities.

There are also excellent career openings in social research and universities – you’ll be well prepared for further research at PhD level.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People30 credits
  • Researching Culture and Society30 credits
  • Dissertation (Disability)60 credits
  • Debates on Disability Theory and Research30 credits

Optional modules

  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Curriculum30 credits
  • International Human Rights and Disabled People15 credits
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic15 credits
  • Disability and Development15 credits
  • Contested Bodies15 credits
  • Que(e)rying Sexualities15 credits
  • Social Policy Analysis15 credits
  • Social Policy Debates15 credits
  • Quantitative Research Methods15 credits
  • Qualitative Research Methods15 credits
  • Policy and Programme Evaluation15 credits

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Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in sociology, social policy or a related subject.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16000 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA

Funding

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

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