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Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies.

This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights.

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond.

The programmes takes on an interdisciplinary approach which draws from education, psychology and social science.

As a graduate, you'll demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of concepts, issues and debates in the area of disability studies, particularly in your own research. Thinking critically and creatively, you will evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of disability studies and work proactively to develop professional relationships with others in the field.

This has been an active programme at Waikato for the past 20 years (previously known as "Special Education", changed to current name in 2011).

Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $30,095 (120 pts) or $45,145 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Career opportunities

  • Community Leader
  • Policy Analyst

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification plus experience as a teacher, or a Bachelor of Social Science with a B average in the third year and experience as a practitioner in the disability field.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.

In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in the degree. MDInS regulations

120 point Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies available subject to meeting eligibility requirements. MDInS regulations

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

The School of Education offers an Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the School’s initial teacher education programmes and students.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned.

180 Point Masters Study Plan Options

New paper codes were introduced in 2019.  Compare old and new codes here.


DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies

Research Methods/Research

Choose one from:

And one from:

Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations can be found here. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application please email


If there are other areas of interest you would like to explore contact the Programme Leader for advice on developing your programme of study (30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree).

Further Education papers can be viewed at:


Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research

Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870

Programme Leader

Dr Carol Hamilton
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 8578

Academic Coordinator Tauranga
Dr Nadine Ballam
Phone: (+64) 7 262 0547 Extn: 3547
Based at our Tauranga Campus