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Deakin’s Master of Disability and Inclusion equips students with the academic knowledge they need to pursue professional work or research in the disability, health and community sectors.
The course will help students form a distinctive and contemporary understanding of disability. Drawing on research informed by disability and inclusion theory and practice and the lived experiences of people with disability, the Master of Disability and Inclusion gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in inclusive approaches to their work and research.
“Our Master (/Graduate Certificate) of Disability and Inclusion has strong links to industry, facilitated by our thought-leading Disability and Inclusion Advisory Board made up of prominent industry leaders and Deakin academics.”Read More
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 comprising 6 core units (1 credit point each) and 2 electives (1 credit point each).
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 unitsAll students must complete the following eight core units and one zero credit point unit:
Students must also complete two electives from the following list:
2020 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.
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Trimester 2 - July
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IMPORTANT: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions, it is suggested that you apply for a visitor visa to study for a short period in Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a visitor visa by the Australian Government.
All places offered to International students in this course are offered as off campus students.
This program includes a compulsory week long on-campus intensive component held at a Deakin University campus. Students are required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these compulsory intensive classes. Students are unable to apply for a student visa for this course.
Additional course information
Students can enter and exit the Master of Disability and Inclusion (H709) via the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion (H508) and the Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion (H608). Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion (H608) is an exit point only.
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 150 hours of learning and assessment activities for each credit point, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.
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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.
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Fees and scholarships
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.
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.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
The 12 credit point Masters is a pathway into a PhD in Disability and Inclusion.
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Why choose Deakin
The Master of Disability and Inclusion is designed to meet specialist education, training and research needs in the disability, human service and community workforce nationally and internationally.
This course will prepare learners for employment in disability, health, human service and community sectors. In particular, the course will prepare learners for new positions that have been developed in the disability and community sectors in more senior roles in policy, practice leadership and research as part of the full rollout of the NDIS in Australia. In addition, it will prepare students for employment outside of Australia in roles focused on contemporary rights based disability policy and practice.
The course aligns well with areas of knowledge and skills identified in the position descriptions for Local Area Coordinators in the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA):
- 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; and
- community capacity building knowledge and skills.
These skills are also aligned with mid-level and senior positions in the health, human service and community service sector where the development of services that are inclusive of people with disability is an increasing societal and legislative expectation, both within Australia and internationally. Graduates of the Master of Disability and Inclusion may also be employed in higher education as research assistants and those completing the 12 credit point Masters could have a pathway to a PhD.
These skills will be developed through the delivery of course content and assessments that will prepare learners for employment, via the use of authentic assessment.
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.
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