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Master of Disability Policy and Practice

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

The Master of Disability Policy and Practice aims at developing skills for students interested in becoming professional leaders in disability. The degree prepares students with advanced skills and specialised knowledge that can be applied to support the participation and contribution of people with diverse needs within the local community.

Designed for

Practitioners working in education, health and community services that support people with disabilities


This is a 72 unit program. Students choose to undertake either a Coursework stream or a Research Project (0.25 FTE)/Dissertation (0.5 FTE) stream. Each stream comprises of four core (compulsory) topics and option topics chosen from a list of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students with the opportunity to develop expertise required of disability and allied health professions enabling work in a range of Government and non-government organisations in health, education and human service settings.Students will undertake professional experience placement as part of the course. For more information visit https://students.flinders.edu.au/my-course/placements.


  • Autism
  • Behaviour management
  • Communication difficulties
  • Community inclusion
  • Intellectual disability
  • Physical disabilities
  • Technology and disability
  • Transition from school to adult life

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a disability-related discipline.

Study pathways

A 1.5 year program is available to applicants who have completed within 10 years of the commencement date of this course, one of the following; a Bachelor degree in Disability or an area closely related to Disability; or an Honours degree in Disability or a closely related discipline; or a Bachelor degree of three or more years duration and a postgraduate qualification in an area closely related to Disability. In addition, applicants must have not less than two years full time equivalent professional work experience in Disability.

Further information

Advanced Entry (1.5 years) applicants who have completed a qualification listed below may be eligible to complete a program of 54 units: An approved Bachelor degree in Disability from an approved tertiary institution; or An approved Bachelor degree of four or more years duration in an area closely related to Disability and two years of relevant professional experience An Honours degree (or equivalent) in Disability or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution; or A Graduate Certificate in Disability or a closely related discipline.

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