MSc Disability Studies: Inclusive Theory and Research

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two to five years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

This programme, delivered within the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, will equip you with the skills, knowledge and ability to plan and carry out academic research relevant to disability studies.

You will gain the research skills to help make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people, with a special optional interest in people with learning (intellectual) disabilities and their families.

The Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies is a leading national centre of excellence for applied social research and teaching, and the programme is led by staff who are all active researchers. Elements of the programme are delivered by and co­-taught with people with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities.

The programme is one of only a few in the UK to offer disability studies students full research methods training. You will take core units in research design, quantitative methods and qualitative methods, plus an additional core unit about inclusive research with disabled people. The core units therefore provide a good grounding for those who wish to carry on to a PhD or take up research posts. A co-learning environment with social work research and policy research students also provides an opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups.

The optional units will give you a chance to consider research around inclusion for disabled people in relation to international rights, as well as UK structures in society. You will also have the opportunity to gain a particular awareness and skill set associated with emancipatory and participatory models of research, where people with disabilities take active roles in the research process.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time (MSc)
£8,400
UK/EU: two-year part-time (MSc)
£4,200
Overseas: full-time (MSc)
£19,200
Channel Islands/IofM: full-time (MSc)
£8,400

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

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 2020/21

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery to ensure it is as accessible as possible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The way units are delivered means you can accumulate credits flexibly and organise your patterns of attendance to suit your needs and circumstances.

The MSc consists of four core units and two optional units, along with a dissertation of 10-15,000 words.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Disability Studies: Inclusive Theory and Research.

Entry requirements

An upper second class-class honours degrees (or international equivalent) in a relevant social sciences or health sciences discipline, such as sociology, social work, psychology, nursing, prevention/rehabilitation. Other qualifications (including those awarded by professional bodies) may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

The research skills developed via the programme are directly relevant to the disabled people’s movement. Graduates may therefore gain employment in health and social care, self-advocacy and user-led organisations, education or universities.

Others are already employed in the disability sector and use their qualification to progress their career or facilitate changes within their own organisation. For example, social care managers or self-advocacy group coordinators may go on to carry out research with their own service users.

On completion, MSc students may also wish to consider pursuing a PhD in Disability Studies.

How to apply
Application deadline:

2 August 2020. We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

The closing date for ESRC studentship applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 21st January 2020. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • Social Work and Social Policy:
  • 38% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 42% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Demi Patsios Programme Director Email: demi.patsios@bristol.ac.uk

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