Taught course

Disability Studies

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

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. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/ postgraduate/az. 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
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 National Institute
for Intellectual Disability and the Centre for Deaf Studies,
both located in Trinity and closely associated with the
Academic interaction with the students of the Certificate
in Contemporary Living, the first third level education
programme for people with intellectual disabilities in
Exposure to teaching from a range of disciplinary
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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte
+353-1-896 3593