Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This one-year full-time programme comprises six mandatory modules which explore current and past concepts of disability, evidence-based disability practice, national and international disability policy and current developments in disability legislation. The Graduate Diploma is part of a pathways programme towards the MSc in Disability. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may be interested to continue their studies and acquire an MSc in Disability by taking an additional 30 credits of study. These credits are taken from a suite of disability-related modules specialising in education, health, law, psychology, public health and social policy.

The Graduate Diploma is delivered by academics, practitioners and experts by experience using a variety of approaches including expert tuition, small group interaction, peer support and autonomous student learning. Assessment including essays, presentations, group-based work, and critical reflections. This programme runs across three trimesters, Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Person Centred Programme DevelopmentPSY40490
Applied Research MethodsPSY40540
Advanced Disability StudiesPSY40640
Multielement Behaviour SupportPSY40870
Identity Sexuality & MortalityPSY40880
Disability Policy LegislationPSY40890

Entry requirements

Candidates may apply for admission to the MSc in Disability if they meet the following criteria:

A primary degree with a minimum 2.2 classification (second class honours , grade two) or International equivalent
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip in Disability FT (W550)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


1 Year full-time Blended

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Blended

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