Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The purpose of the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is to deliver an advanced qualification to those working and/or volunteering in the disability field. The principle philosophy of the programme is to empower people with disabilities to become fully included members of society. The programme encourages students to develop a deep appreciation and understanding of legislation, policy and person-centred evidence-based practice. Promoting an interactive learning environment, students engage with academics, practitioners working in the disability field, and people with lived experience of disability. The MSc content is continuously updated to reflect developments in the field. Teaching approaches are varied and include expert tuition, small group interaction, peer support, and autonomous student learning. A range of assessment methods is used including essays, presentations, group-based work, and critical reflections.

- Draws on international best practice and research
- Designed in cooperation with the disability and research sectors
- Develops your capacity to provide professional supports to persons with disabilities.

-Demonstrate proficiency in post-graduate academic skills such as academic writing, critical thinking and reflection.
-Appreciate the contribution of models of disability to historical, current and future delivery of disability support services.
-Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of research evidence and apply critically in support of one's argument.
-Integrate knowledge and understanding of the role of legislation and policy across the national and international field of disability.
-Apply organisational change and core management concepts within health and social care organisations.
-Develop and critique education and training programmes within the state Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) national framework.
-Develop and critique individual plans for persons with disability.
-Promote the application of evidence-based practice and policy throughout the disability sector.

Entry requirements

You may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies if you have:
-At least a lower second class honours bachelor's degree in a relevant subject
-You are a professional working with an appropriate client group. Voluntary work may be eligible

Subjects taught

Students complete 90 credits of coursework over two years. To facilitate those working in the disability sector, classes take place on Fridays and on a number of Saturdays in second year only.

First year modules comprise: Perspectives on Disability, Disability in Context, Introduction to Rehabilitation, Applied Research Methods.

Second year modules comprise: Advanced Disability Studies, Mental Health & Neurology, Systems Management, Rehabilitation Programme Development, Advanced Rehabilitation Practice.


2 years part-time.

Students study a total of seventeen modules over the two-year period, with lectures taking place on Fridays from 9am to 6pm and on six Saturdays during the second year.


MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies (W162) Part Time
EU Year 1 - € 6455
EU Year 2 - € 6210
nonEU Year 1 - € 9950
nonEU Year 2 - € 9950

Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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