MSc in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Course Features

  • Two-year part-time taught postgraduate degree
  • 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
  • Guest lectures delivered by highly experienced practitioners

Course Overview

A two-year, part-time taught postgraduate degree, the 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. Disability Studies comprises the history of disability, experiences of disability, and an array of policy, social, and rehabilitative interventions. 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. You will develop your capacity to provide professional services to a range of client groups. You will acquire conceptual and practical skills that inform your professional practice.

What will I learn?

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.

Indicative course modules include:

  • Perspectives on Disability
  • Skills for Education and Practice
  • Introduction to Rehabilitation
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Disability Legislation & Policy
  • Advanced Disability Studies
  • Mental Health & Neurology
  • Management in Health & Social Care Organisations
  • Rehabilitation Programme Development
  • Advanced Rehabilitation Practice

Am I eligible for this course?

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.

Application Details

Applications to the two-year part-time MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies programme are now open.  Places will be filed on a rolling basis so early application is advised. Final offers will be made in the week beginning 14th August 2017 for academic start in September 2017.

Applicants in the first instance may contact Marie O'Connor at to indicate their interest in applying. Requests for references will be sent with the letters of offer. Applicants may apply online at

Course Fees

For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website at

Contact us

For further information about the MSc in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, please contact Cathrina Gaffney in UCD School of Psychology at or +353 1 716 8333