Master of Disability Policy and Practice

Flinders University

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,169
International: $30,500

Entry Requirements:

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


This is a 72 unit program. Students complete one core (compulsory) topic, at least one independent research topic and up to fourteen option topics chosen from a range 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.

Subjects you can Study:

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

Study Pathways:

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent receive credit when progressing to the Masters.

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.

Who for:

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

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info No Online
Bedford Park No info No Part time 4 years
Bedford Park No info No Full time 2 years
Online No info No Online 2 years


Globally focused and locally engaged, Flinders University is making a difference through innovative research, excellence in teaching and learning, and exceptional student experience.

Why study with us

Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Flinders’ research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, defence, engineering, water and environment.  Its research contributions are rich and growing, with some 90 per cent ranked at or above world class[4]. 

Facilities and services

In 2020 Flinders Train Station will open, connecting Flinders’ main campus to Tonsley. The adjacent Flinders Village development has commenced, to add further research facilities and student accommodation amid shops and other amenities in a thriving urban centre.

Whether you’re enjoying the leafy surrounds of the Bedford Park campus, immersed in the CBD at Victoria Square or contemplating the industries of the future at our state-of-the-art Tonsley facility, Flinders prides itself on offering students a great on-campus experience.

There’s also the option to study online, giving you the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever you’re located.

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Admission and election

Whether you are a Year 12 student, a non-school leaver wanting to start your university studies or you want to further your university studies, we offer a range of pathways to gain admission into Flinders.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered for some 26,000 students. Flinders’ 5,400 international students come from more than 90 countries, with main campus featuring onsite accommodation for 560 students and an international pathways centre.

With our globally recognised degrees, vibrant campuses, exceptional teachers and strong industry connections, you’ll get all the support you need to build a great career.

We understand everyone has different needs at different times across their university journey. From before you apply and throughout your studies, the Flinders team is here to help with enrolment and academic advice, health and well-being support, social engagement advice and more.

Visit our website to find out more or to get in touch with one of our Prospective Student Advisors.

Study options

Whether you’re beginning your university journey, upskilling or changing careers, Flinders gives you the chance to develop practical, real-world skills geared towards a successful career. Our industry links, job placement opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program have helped us become South Australia’s number one university for starting salary.

Visit our website to find out more. 


[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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