MSc Disability Studies: Inclusive Theory and ResearchFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Awards available||MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)|
One year full-time;
two to five years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Start date||September 2017|
This programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and ability to plan and carry out academic research relevant to disability studies. You will gain a particular awareness and skill set associated with emancipatory and participatory models of research, where disabled people themselves take active roles in the research process. Parts of the programme are delivered by, or co-taught with, people with disabilities, including those with learning difficulties.
You will take core units about research design, quantitative methods and qualitative methods along with students on the MSc in Policy Research and the MSc in Social Work Research, plus an additional core unit about inclusive research with disabled people. The core units are part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre at Bristol, and as such are a good grounding for those who wish to carry on to a PhD or take up research posts. The optional units will give you a chance to consider research about inclusion for disabled people in relation to international rights, as well as UK structures in society.
Fees for 2017/18
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2017/18
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery so as to be most accessible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The delivery of units on the programme is designed to allow students to accumulate credits flexibly and organise the patterns of attendance to suit their own needs and circumstances.
The structure for the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma consists of four core and two optional units. A dissertation of 10-15,000 words is required for the MSc. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded for the successful completion of three units (two of which must be core units).
- Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Inclusive Research with Disabled People
You will choose two optional units, including at least one of:
- Global Contexts of Rights and Disability
- Disabled Childhoods
- Personalisation in Practice
The other optional units are:
- Researching Child and Family Welfare
- Health and Social Care Research
- Researching Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion
- a selection of units from our MSc in Public Policy
Please note that some optional units are offered in alternate years. To check which units are running in a given year, contact the programme team in the School for Policy Studies.
A relevant upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification demonstrated through experience in the field) and a demonstrated ability to study at postgraduate level.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
This programme is primarily about research, which means successful graduates often move on to PhD research. Some graduates are already employed in the disability sector, and use their qualification to progress their career or makes changes in their own organisation. For example, social care managers or self-advocacy group coordinators have gone on to carry out research with the disabled people their organisation works with.
Other graduates gain employment in social and health care, self-advocacy and user-led organisations, education, universities or academic research.
1 August 2017
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REF 2014 results
- 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 42% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
Get in touch
Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 0117 954 6785 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School for Policy Studies
8 Priory Road