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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Disability Studies







M.A. Dis. St.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The Master of Arts in Disability Studies aims to: induct students in the current issues pertaining to disability; appraise the complexity of the phenomenon of disability; examine the barriers faced by disabled people and consider alternative solutions in their work and life; and consider the wide scope of areas covered in disability studies and research. The course is divided into four main areas that examine the concept of disability from different standpoints – namely, the theoretical, policy and legislative, personal, socio-political perspective. In addition, it offers students the opportunity to choose an area that interests them, and develop it independently with support and guidance. Finally, students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct emancipatory disability research and to help them write their dissertation.

The programme of studies extends over a period of three years of part-time studies. The first two years will be dedicated to the taught component of the course and the third year to the writing of a dissertation. Lectures are normally held twice a week in the evening and are of three hours duration. These will normally be supplemented with one or two week-end seminars per year.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Disability Studies should:

• Demonstrate that they are conversant with contemporary debates and issues in the field of disability.

• Critically examine the underlying principles of definitions and theories of disability.

• Show that they are able to assess the impact of public and social policy and law on disabled people’s quality of life and the choices and opportunities open to them.

• Be able to explain and examine the barriers faced by disabled people and consider alternative solutions in their work and life.

• Critically examine the complex factors involved in the relations between impairment and disability and the individual and society.

• Appraise and assess the importance of taking a holistic perspective when interacting with disabled people and in the use of language.

• Explain and critically appraise the development of disability as a socio-political issue in relation to the struggle of other social groups.

• Analyse data and information related to disability and be able to interpret this information.

• Demonstrate that they are able to carry out emancipatory research and that they can critically appraise research studies in the area of disability.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY • This course will offer opportunities for employment as a social and/or community operator in voluntary, non-governmental and governmental settings engaged in the social and/or welfare field.

• The ability to explain disability to others is a useful skill in the job market, especially in the context of increased numbers of disabled people.

• A graduate of this course will sensitise and help work settings comply with relevant legislation in this field.

• The course will provide a gateway to doctoral studies in the area.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The course is intended for any graduate who wishes to gain specialised knowledge and skills on disability. Disabled students will be provided with support.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the following qualifications :

(a) any first cycle degree classified with at least Category II or Second Class Honours or
(b) a Diploma in Health Science from this University in any of the following areas of study: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Podiatry, or in any other area deemed relevant by the Board, together with a minimum of ten years of relevant work experience or

(c) a professional qualification deemed by Senate to be comparable to the qualification indicated in sub-paragraph (b), together with a minimum of ten years of relevant work experience

provided that applicants admitted under sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) shall have successfully sat for an interview, during which they shall be required to provide written and employer-corroborated evidence of clinical practice and other relevant qualifications obtained following completion of the diploma course and provided that they shall have successfully completed a preparatory programme as specified below.

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of a personal interview conducted by a board appointed for the purpose.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising 35 credits as directed by the Board, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course. Only those applicants who obtain an average of 65% or better in the preparatory programme shall be considered for admission to the Course under sub-paragraphs (b) and (c).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2014.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 24 March 2016
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