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Disability Studies (6 months)

Become an effective and respected professional in disability. The program aims to broaden the professional opportunities for graduates within an evolving policy and practice context.

You will become NDIS aware and develop disability specific knowledge to assist people living with disabilities to participate in all aspects of their everyday life. This could include supporting people with disabilities in their educational, economic, recreational and social participation, and to be recognised as valued members of their local communities.

Quick Facts

Duration: 6 months
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $18,800
Location: Adelaide Campus, Australia
CRICOS code: 027987G
Delivery mode: On campus

What you will study

The graduate certificate is designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in education, health and community services that support people with disabilities. Masters provides advanced professional experience for graduates from a range of professional fields associated with disabilities and assists them to become effective and competent leaders and scholars in the field of disability studies.

Topics cover areas such as communication difficulties, autism spectrum disorder; intellectual disability; transition from school to adult life; design and evaluation of disability programs; leisure, disability and the arts; perspectives on ageing and disability; and disability and the individual, family and society.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Developmental educators and disability specialists occupy diverse roles across a variety of work areas.

Potential occupations include:  

  • developmental educator
  • policy officer
  • community development officer
  • support coordinator
  • case manager
  • industry trainer and facilitator
  • systemic or individual advocate
  • project leader /senior project worker.

Potential employers include:

  • disability support services
  • education sector
  • government sector
  • non-government agencies
  • community services
  • social welfare services
  • health/medical services
  • private sector
  • self employment.

Professional accreditation/recognition

Master of Disability Policy and Practice graduates have access to full membership of the Developmental Educators Australia Inc, and status in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and other processional sectors as a developmental educator.