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Deakin’s Master of Disability and Inclusion equips students with the academic knowledge they need to pursue professional work in the disability, health and community sectors. In addition to undertaking several core units covering contemporary knowledge and ideas, national and international policy and learning from the lived experiences of people with a disability, students of the course will apply this advanced knowledge in a research project as the capstone of their degree.
Higher-level research and critical thinking skills and contemporary knowledge in disability and inclusion are needed in both the disability sector and community sector to support and inform the changing landscape of disability policy and practice brought about by the NDIS in Australia and a shift internationally to a rights framework under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Master of Disability and Inclusion has been developed to meet this need.Read More
To complete the Master of Disability and Inclusion students must attain 16 credit points. Students must complete 9 core units and one unit from the course group elective, and a 6 credit point core research project (comprising of Minor Project A and B - 2 credit points, and Major Project A and B - 4 credit points).
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Year 2 - Trimester 1
Plus one course grouped elective unit - choose from list below
Year 2 - Trimester 2
Year 3 - Trimester 1
Year 3 - Trimester 2
Year 4 - Trimester 1
Year 4 - Trimester 2
Course group elective units
2018 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Additional course information
Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion (H608)
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory Student Checks
As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 8-10 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.
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Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
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The Master of Disability and Inclusion will prepare graduates for leadership roles in the disability and community sectors. The course aligns well with areas of knowledge and skills identified in the position descriptions for senior project worker, community capacity building, disability research, policy advocacy and government policy roles. It has a focus on the development of high level critical thinking, research and communication skills for working alongside people with disability and their families developing knowledge and skills of self-directed approaches for service planning, advocacy and policy development and implementation. Students will develop the contemporary knowledge needed to work strategically and effectively in the current disability policy and practice frameworks shaping the lives of people with disabilities nationally and internationally.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply expert knowledge and research skills in the area of Disability and Inclusion that includes application of theory and evidence-based approaches to policy, participation and social inclusion of people with Disabilities.
Communicate using a range of modes, theoretical positions, methodologies and professional decisions on Disability and Inclusion in an effective manner, being mindful of the target audience.
Use digital technologies to source, use and disseminate ideas, information and research findings relevant to Disability and Inclusion to a range of audiences including people with disability.
Use specialised knowledge to critically analyse and synthesise complex information related to policy, theory and research in the area of Disability and Inclusion.
Apply specialised research and cognitive skills to find evidence-based solutions to complex policy related problems in the area of Disability and Inclusion..
Plan and execute a substantial research based project in the area of Disability and Inclusion and demonstrate expert judgement and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.
Contribute to the productive functioning of a multi-skilled team working in the area of policy, research and advocacy for people with disability.
Demonstrate a high level of awareness and respect for diversity in line with contemporary human rights obligations and apply ethical and inclusive approaches to disability research and practice.
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Credit for prior learning
Students who have completed the 4 units of H508 Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion will be given credit for these units if they enrol in the Master of Disability and Inclusion.
Students who have completed the 8 units and exit with a Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion will be given credit for these 8 units when they enrol in the Master of Disability and inclusion.
Faculty contact information
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