Taught course

Disability Studies, Rights and Inclusion

University of Leeds · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

A 2.1 (hons) bachelor degree, ideally in a social science or humanities related subject.

A 2.1 (hons) bachelor degree in any other subject plus relevant experience
A 2.2 (hons) degree in any subject with at least three years relevant experience. Applications will be individually assessed.

We accept a range of international equivalent admissions qualifications. For further information, please contact our admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry

March, September

Course content

Our Disability Studies, Rights and Inclusion online course has been designed to cater for online postgraduate learners from around the world who wish to balance their studies with other commitments.

The online MSc Disability Studies, Rights and Inclusion will support you to recognise, understand and meet the challenges facing disabled people around the world. By studying this innovative online degree, you will be equipped to work to ensure that disabled people’s rights are respected, helping to build more inclusive and sustainable societies.

The course will begin with a two-week online induction designed to prepare you for online learning at the University of Leeds. It will introduce the study skills you will need to successfully complete your degree. For an up to date list of modules, please visit our website.

There are nine 15-credit taught online modules and you will typically spend eight weeks studying each module. The modules cover a variety of subject areas such as Disability and Inequality, Building Enabling Futures and Becoming Change-Makers.

Taught modules typically include 10 hours of tutor-guided learning per week, along with 10 hours of self-guided study per week, plus an assessment at the end of each module. You will take part in a weekly scheduled webinar to collaborate with other students and your tutor. A module discussion board and an online programme area will also be available for you to connect with your fellow students and share your learning journey.

After finishing the nine 15-credit taught modules you then complete a 45-credit applied project over 24 weeks.

The applied project is designed to be flexible, giving you the chance to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to a project that supports or promotes meaningful change. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in more depth and in an applied context. You can choose to:

  • Address a specific challenge, working in partnership with a disability rights or disabled people’s organisation, service provider, or policy or practice focused organisation (this could be your employer).
  • Conduct a research project into a specific issue or concept to inform activism and advocacy, or make recommendations for policy, programmes or professional practice.

We aim to make your online learning experience as accessible as possible. The majority of the course material conforms to the latest international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1 AAA). For example, all video resources will include captions and transcription, and you’ll have options to participate in online classrooms by both typing and oral speech. Some activities or third-party material may not meet these standards, and we will aim to make any reasonable adjustments that may support your learning. For example, our transcription centre can provide alternative format text.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Online Admissions