Disability Studies

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies
Duration (full-time equivalent): 6 months
SATAC code:  2GC043 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC543 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code:  027987G

Course name: Master of Disability Studies
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM042 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM542 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: 019221J


This articulated program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is professionally oriented. The Graduate Certificate is designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in education, health and community services that support people with disabilities.

Students choose topics relevant to their area of specialty. These may include: autism, behaviour management, community inclusion, technology and disability, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, communication difficulties and transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities.

Additional Graduate Certificates in specific areas such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Technology and Augmentative Communication, are also available.

Other specialist areas such as Down Syndrome and Dual Disabilities are offered from time to time, in response to community interest.

The Masters provides advanced professional experience for graduates from a range of professional fields associated with disabilities, including nursing, psychology, social work, education and medicine, and assists them to become effective and competent leaders and scholars in the field of disability studies. It is concerned, at an advanced level, with general principles relating to disabilities, but students are invited to specialise in areas of particular interest.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution or the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from Flinders University (or equivalent qualification).

The Masters degree is a 72-unit course but credit of up to 48 units may be granted for an approved four-year degree and/or relevant work experience. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent receive credit when progressing to the Masters. Masters students may exit with a Graduate Certificate after completing sufficient studies.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies

Place type: Commonwealh supported

2014 - $3,020


Place type: Full fee paying

2014 - $7,560

2015 - $13,200
Master of Disability Studies

Place type: Commonwealh supported

2014 - $6,087


Place type: Full fee paying

2014 - $15,172

2015 - $26,400

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA).

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