Taught course

Disability Studies

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Social Work and Social Policy

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Entry requirements

The M.Sc. in Disability Studies offers admission to full-time and part-time students.

EU and Non-EU applicants are required to hold at least an upper second class honours degree in a relevant area (e.g., Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Education, Deaf studies, Law, and Psychology). Applications are taken on a yearly basis from January to June.

The following are required as part of the application:

  • Application form; Official transcripts;
  • 2 reference letters (at least one academic);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of purpose addressing the following (1,000 words): 1. Your interest in the M.Sc. in Disability Studies at Trinity 2. A research topic in the area of disability you would like to examine in your dissertation 3. How the programme best suits your career development 4. Your preference for elective modules and placement

Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Sc. in Disability Studies provides students with a deep understanding of disability from social, historical, cultural, economic and political perspectives. Graduates of the M.Sc. are equipped with the knowledge, analytical skills and perspectives to help translate rights into reality in the field of disability. The programme offers:

  • Immersion in the policy and practice implications of the critically important
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related human rights instruments.
  • Familiarisation with the key global issues in the field of disability.
  • A thorough grounding in the principles and practice of programme planning and evaluation.
  • An internship in a cutting edge disability organisation in the public, private, or voluntary sectors.
  • Access to the unique expertise of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Centre for Deaf Studies, both located in Trinity College Dublin and closely associated with the programme
  • Academic interaction with the students of the
  • Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice, the first third level education programme for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.
  • Exposure to teaching from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

The programme aims to prepare graduates for employment or career development in areas such as disability advocacy, quality assurance in disability services, programme planning and evaluation in the field of disability, disability research, and disability policy analysis.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte