Master of Disability and Inclusion

Postgraduate coursework

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.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6. More information is available at


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Be a part of social change that facilitates inclusion with a Master of Disability and Inclusion. Study a course that’s informed by national and international research, policy and practice. Follow your passion for human rights and equality into research and leadership roles within a growing industry.

Want to be the driving force behind a more inclusive society?

The Master of Disability and Inclusion is deeply connected to the disability industry, the organisations that work within it and the communities they serve. Many of our students have lived experience with disability – either their own or that of someone close to them. Our academics are embedded within the field and contribute to research of global significance. The Master of Disability and Inclusion is responsive to developments in disability, adopting the values and policies of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and national and international approaches including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia.

The topics you’ll cover are informed by leading disability theory and practice. In fact, the curriculum has been carefully designed to focus on core concepts in disability and inclusion through contemporary theory, government policy and practice; and to critically engage with theory, policy and practice in the context of the lived experiences of people with disabilities. You will have the opportunity to learn about and apply your knowledge in areas including planning and community capacity building

Projects are anchored to developments and policies within the sector. You might be challenged to critically analyse recent updates to legislation, government disability planning where you live and work, and international projects that are working to progressively realise the rights embedded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If you’re currently working in disability or community inclusion, you also have the option of basing your assessment tasks on the work you are doing with people with disabilities, families and communities. This will enable you to apply your skills to your current practice and have an instant impact on the communities in which you are working.

The course is also a pathway to further research studies including a PhD. It introduces you to important academic skills to enable you to develop and conduct research through the major research project. Undertaking the major project, you will use critical research skills that will set you up for further research studies, research roles and other roles working in decision-making, project planning, development and evaluation. The major project will link you to researchers in the disability field, including senior researchers at Deakin and our research partners in industry and the community, ensuring your research experience contributes to contemporary national and international research of significance.

A highlight of the course is building relationships with your fellow students and the academic team. Students in the Masters of Disability and Inclusion come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, ensuring your learning experience is vibrant and engaging. Our academic staff are nationally and internationally recognised researchers, making them great mentors, as well as teachers. In addition, our partnerships with peak government and non-government organisations engaged in policy development, legislative reform, advocacy and service provision, means the door will be open to professional networks and exciting employment opportunities.  A constant connection to people with lived experience of disability makes your study experience richer and more relevant. It also allows you to see the world through the eyes of a person with a disability, giving you a real and valuable perspective on inclusion. 

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Disability and Inclusion students must complete 12 credit points comprising 6 core units (1 credit point each), 2 electives (1 credit point each), and a 4 credit point Major Project (comprising Major Project A – 2 credit points and Major Project B – 2 credit points) OR students who enter via the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion (or equivalent) will only need to complete the remaining 8 credit points.

Students are required to complete 2 electives as part of their course. These electives have been carefully chosen to complement your studies in Disability and Inclusion. You will be able to select units within the School of Health and Social Development and the Faculty of Arts and Education. These units are focused on a range of topics including human rights, social justice, public health, health promotion, design and humanitarian leadership.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).


Core units

All students must complete the following eight core units and one zero credit point unit:
  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course
  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion
  • Inclusive Design and Technology
  • Research Literacy
  • Major Project A
  • Major Project B
  • Elective units

    Students must also complete two electives from the following list:

  • Introduction to International and Community Development
  • Participatory and Community Development Practice
  • The Humanitarian World
  • Making Policy
  • Social Justice and Difference
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Disability and Inclusion

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

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

    Australian Qualifications 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    All places offered to International students in this course are offered as off campus students.

    Additional course information

    Students can enter and exit the Master of Disability and Inclusion (H709) via the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion (H508). Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion (H608) is an exit point only.

    Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion (H508)

    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

    There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.


    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 150 hours of learning and assessment activities for each credit point, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

    Participation requirements

    Not applicable

    Work experience

    Not applicable

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher in a related discipline
    • Bachelor Degree or higher in any discipline AND two years relevant work experience
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library


    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    The 12 credit point Masters is a pathway into a PhD in Disability and Inclusion.

    Students who have completed the 4 units of the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion (H508) will be given credit for these units if they enrol in the Master of Disability and Inclusion


    Career outcomes

    Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme is now fully rolled out across the nation. This has resulted in an unprecedented demand on Australia’s disability sector. According to National Disability Services’ Australian Disability Workforce report (2018), the disability support workforce growth rate was 11.1% per year (between 205-2017). This compares with growth of 1.6% for the entire Australian workforce at the time*

    As a graduate of the Master of Disability and Inclusion, you’ll be perfectly suited for positions including leadership roles in policy, practice and research in Australia and internationally.

    In particular, the course was designed to align with areas of knowledge and skills identified in current disability position descriptions. These include:

    • knowledge of disability systems including disability research, legislation and policy
    • high-level communication skills for working with people with disability and their families
    • self-directed approaches to service planning
    • community capacity-building knowledge and skills.

    In addition to these roles, there are a huge range of areas within the sector you can explore once you graduate, such as:

    • policy and legislation
    • education
    • health and human services
    • community development
    • roles within state and federal government, government agencies, community organisations and disability service providers.

    You’ll also be well-equipped for research opportunities once you graduate, including employment in the higher education sector in research and teaching. Or, you may be eligible to continue your studies in a PhD program within Disability and Inclusion.

    Professional recognition

    Not applicable

    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.