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Postgraduate study

The Master of Disability Studies is administered and delivered by NextSense Institute in affiliation with Macquarie University.
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Advance your career with a Master of Disability Studies

The Master of Disability Studies offers qualified postgraduate students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt content, develop teaching methodology, and apply specialised instructional techniques to meet the needs of learners with sensory disabilities.

One of the most important principles in an educator’s life is ensuring everyone enjoys equal access to learning. Accessible and effective learning experiences are important for all people. But those with diverse learning needs and sensory disabilities need the right access and support so they don’t face barriers to their education and their development.

This course will support your career development and increase your employment opportunities in inclusive and special needs education. The course is suited to:

  • qualified teachers wishing to obtain a qualification to teach students who have either hearing or vision loss
  • teachers already working in the sensory disability field wishing to upgrade their skills and qualifications
  • allied health and other professionals seeking to complete studies in disability or advance and develop their career in the growing disability sector.

The Master of Disabilities Studies is delivered by NextSense Institute—Australia’s leading centre for research and professional studies in the field of education and service delivery for people with sensory disabilities—and awarded by Macquarie University.

Course details

Duration: one year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Mode of delivery: available online, so you can balance your work and your studies by developing a study plan that works for you and your life.

Areas of study: as a student, you can specialise in one of three areas.

  • Education: Blindness/low vision
  • Education: Deaf/hard of hearing
  • Sensory disability.

Entry requirements: AQF level seven bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent qualification, plus a minimum of two years (full-time equivalent) work experience relevant to your chosen specialisation. Details on professional experience, Braille, and Auslan requirements are available in the course handbook.

Fees: students enrolled in the course are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Scholarship: students in this course are invited to apply for the Elisabeth Murdoch Scholarship, administered by NextSense.

Career outcomes

On completing the Master of Disability Studies, you can become an important member of professional teams, applying your expertise in a wide variety of roles such as a classroom teacher in specialised programs. This includes:

  • an itinerant/support teacher working with children in inclusive educational settings
  • a consultant working with teachers to assist them in their inclusion of learners with sensory disabilities
  • an early intervention specialist working with families and children from the earliest possible stages of their development
  • a learning support professional supporting students in higher education
  • many other roles supporting people with sensory disabilities to access a wide range of other services.

Our graduates share their experiences of the Blindness/low vision, Deaf/hard of hearing and Sensory disability specialisations.

How to apply

To apply for this course, head to the Macquarie University website and click the Apply Now button.

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