GradDip Disability

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is developed for all who have an interest in matters of disability including individuals with disabilities, family members and professionals. The philosophy of the programme is to promote an inclusive society respecting the will and preference of persons with disability.

This one-year full-time programme comprises six mandatory modules which explore current and past concepts of disability, evidence-based disability practice, national and international disability policy and current developments in disability legislation. The Graduate Diploma is part of a pathways programme towards the MSc in Disability. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may be interested to continue their studies and acquire an MSc in Disability by taking an additional 30 credits of study. These credits are taken from a suite of disability-related modules specialising in education, health, law, psychology, public health and social policy.

The Graduate Diploma is delivered by academics, practitioners and experts by experience using a variety of approaches including expert tuition, small group interaction, peer support and autonomous student learning.  Assessment including essays, presentations, group-based work, and critical reflections. This programme runs across three trimesters, Autumn, Spring and Summer.

  • Integrate knowledge and understanding of the role of national and international disability legislation and policy.
  • Appreciate the contribution of models of disability to historical, current and future conceptions of disability.
  • Develop an intersectional understanding of disability.
  • Promote the application of evidence-based practice and policy in supporting individuals with disability to exercise will and preference.
  • Understand health, educational and therapeutic models and services for supporting identity, sexuality and mortality for individuals with a disability.
  • Critically appraise and evaluate the validity of behaviour support models.
  • Develop and critique education and training programmes within the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) national framework.
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of research evidence and apply critically in support of one’s argument.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in post-graduate academic skills such as academic writing, critical thinking and reflection

GradDip Disability (W550) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6735
nonEU    fee per year - € 15065

***Fees are subject to change

Candidates may apply for admission to the MSc in Disability if they meet the following criteria:

  • A primary degree with a minimum 2.2 classification (second class honours , grade two) or International equivalent   
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip in Disability FT (W550)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised