MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The purpose of the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is to deliver an advanced qualification to those working and/or volunteering in the disability field. The principle philosophy of the programme is to empower people with disabilities to become fully included members of society.   The programme encourages students to develop a deep appreciation and understanding of legislation, policy and person-centred evidence-based practice. Promoting an interactive learning environment, students engage with academics, practitioners working in the disability field, and people with lived experience of disability.  The MSc content is continuously updated to reflect developments in the field. Teaching approaches are varied and include expert tuition, small group interaction, peer support, and autonomous student learning.  A range of assessment methods is used including essays, presentations, group-based work, and critical reflections.

  • Draws on international best practice and research
  • Designed in cooperation with the disability and research sectors
  • Develops your capacity to provide professional supports to persons with disabilities

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is developed for professionals working and/or volunteering in the disability area. The course adopts a broad definition of disability and will be of interest to individuals working in physical/sensory disability, intellectual disability, mental health and related sectors. 

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Students complete 90 credits of coursework over two years. To facilitate those working in the disability sector, classes take place on Fridays and on a number of Saturdays in second year only.

First year modules comprise: Perspectives on Disability, Disability in Context, Introduction to Rehabilitation, Applied Research Methods.

Second year modules comprise: Advanced Disability Studies, Mental Health & Neurology, Systems Management, Rehabilitation Programme Development, Advanced Rehabilitation Practice.


MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies (W162) Part Time
EU          Year 1 - € 5960
EU          Year 2 - € 5730
nonEU    Year 1 - € 9150
nonEU    Year 2 - € 12600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

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.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies PT (W162)
2 Years
Part Time
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised