Disability Studies By Distance Learning, M.A.

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If you ...

  • are working or planning a career in the field of disability
  • wish to bridge the gap between your understanding of theory and practice
  • need a postgraduate distance learning option so you can fit your study in the demands of a busy life

…then MA Disability Studies by Distance Learning is the programme for you.

MA Disability Studies by Distance Learning 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.

We designed the programme in response to the growing demand from students unable to attend University. The programme is entirely computer-based to allow greater flexibility in teaching and learning.

Students are also required to attend two residential study weekends: one in the first year and one in the second.

Programme Structure

MA in Disability Studies by Distance Learning is a two year part-time distance learning course.

As a part-time student you will study a range of compulsory modules across two years. You will explore topics such as special educational needs, the philosophy of social science and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People (DL)30 credits
  • Debates in Disability Theory and Research30 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • International Human Rights and Disabled People15 credits
  • Researching Society and Culture30 credits
  • Disability Studies Dissertation60 credits

Module assessment is an essay of up to 6,000 words, or the equivalent, for each module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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Academic Requirements

If you wish to apply for our postgraduate taught programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate.

Candidates who have narrowly missed securing an upper second result may be considered on their merits. We also welcome applications for the Social and Public Policy programme from good candidates from the Humanities that are keen to enter the public or voluntary sectors, or who work in these fields already.

Postgraduate diploma routes are available for candidates that do not wish to take the full MA programme. It is also possible to consider candidates for the Diploma who are not appropriately qualified for immediate MA study. Such candidates may be considered for subsequent transfer to an MA programme, depending on performance.

Due to the high demand for places on the Disability Studies by Distance Learning programme, we advise you to apply early.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 8000 International
  • GBP 8000 EU/EEA


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

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