Explore UCD

UCD Home >

Graduate Diploma in Disability

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is developed for all who have an interest in matters of disability including individuals with disabilities, family members and professionals. The philosophy of the programme is to promote an inclusive society respecting the will and preference of persons with disability.

This one-year full-time programme comprises six mandatory modules which provides students with a critical understanding of disability policy, legislation and evidence-based practice, current topical issues, programme development, research methods, multielement behaviour support and issues of identity, sexuality, mortality and trauma. The Graduate Diploma is part of a pathways programme towards the MSc in Disability. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may be interested to continue their studies and acquire an MSc in Disability by taking an additional 30 credits of study. These credits are taken from a suite of disability-related modules specialising in education, healthcare, human rights, public health, psychology and social policy.

The Graduate Diploma is delivered by academics, practitioners and experts by experience using a variety of approaches including expert tuition, small group interaction, peer support and autonomous student learning.  Assessment including essays, presentations, group-based work, and critical reflections. This programme runs across three trimesters, Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Further information on the course and application process is available here


UCD School of Psychology

Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.