Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates) Degree

Master of Disability and Inclusion

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.

Domestic student information

Key facts


4 years part time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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 Major Project (comprising of Major Project A – 2 credit points, and Major Project B – 4 credit points).

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience HDS730
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course HDS731
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability HDS732
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion HDS733
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Personalising Learning EIE701
  • Plus one coourse gruoped elective unit - choose from list below

    Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Inclusive Design and Technology HDS734
  • Inclusive Engagement: Advocacy and Participation HDS735
  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Disability Research - Inclusive Approaches HDS736
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Minor Project B HSH732 (2 credit points)
  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Major Project A HSH733 (2 credit points)
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Major Project B HSH734 (2 credit points)
  • Course group elective units

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Introduction to International and Community Development ADS701
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Disability and Inclusion

    2018 course information

    Tuition fee rate
    Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
    Deakin code
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

    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 Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus


    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees.

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    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 interenationally.

    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.

    Digital Literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    Use specialised knowledge to critically analyse and synthesise complex information related to policy, theory and research in the area of Disability and Inclusion.

    Problem Solving

    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.

    Global Citizenship

    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.


    Application information

    How to apply

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    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services

    Tel 03 9251 7777


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