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Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
You will develop an understanding of disability and rehabilitation theory, research and practice, both at a national and international level. You will explore the emerging field of disability studies – the interdisciplinary and scholarly exploration of all aspects of disability. 

- Draws on international best practice and research
- Designed in cooperation with the disability and research sectors
- Develop your capacity to provide professional services to a range of client groups with disabilities

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

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.


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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Cathrina Gaffney
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 8333

Subjects taught

Students complete 90 credits of coursework over two years. To facilitate those working in the disability sector, classes take place on Fridays (9am–6pm) and on a number of Saturdays in second year only.

Stage 1 - Option

Advanced Rehabilitation Practice PSY40120

Introduction to Rehabilitation PSY40480

Rehabilitation Programme Devel PSY40490

Perspectives on Disability PSY40500

Applied Research Methods PSY40540

Systems Management: Health and Disability PSY40620

Advanced Disability Studies; physical, sensory, intellectual or developmental PSY40640

Mental Health and Neurology PSY40690

Disability in Context PSY40710


Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies was developed for professionals working in the disability area. The course adopts a broad definition of disability and so will be of interest to individuals working in physical/sensory disability, intellectual disability, mental health and related sectors.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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

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