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MDInS
Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

Connect with national and international contemporary theory, policy and practice in Disability and Inclusion Studies with a Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies from Waikato. This program draws on a social interactional model of disability that critically engages with questions of identity, ableism and rights through tackling key questions of inclusion in research, policy and practice. The lived experiences of people with a disability underpin the teaching and learning in this program.

Disability and Inclusion Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study. In the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies at Waikato, disability and inclusion is studied through research and practice in education, human rights law and the social sciences. It takes an intersectional perspective firmly informed by the lived experiences of disabled people and critical disability studies approaches.

Interested in shaping social change in disability and inclusion through inclusive research and innovative co-developed policy and practice? You will gain comprehensive disability and inclusion skills and knowledge with access to leading national and international thinkers and practitioners. Pathways into further research, academic careers in teaching and research, policy leadership and advocacy are created through this course.

As a graduate, you will 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.

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion, you will complete core Disability and Inclusion Studies papers, options papers and research in the form of a Directed Study, Dissertation or Thesis. You can complete the course at a level and pace that suits you and your study goals.

Depending on the papers selected, it may be possible to study fully online. Contact with programme leader Associate Professor Patsie Frawley forms an important part of your program of study and research for both face-to-face and online study.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MDInS Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
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Fees (International): $31,615 (120 pts) or $47,425 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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.

Degree Planner

Structure of Programme

The requirements are 180 points including:

  • DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies;
  • one of the research methods papers listed below; and
  • one of the research paper options listed below with a focus on disability and inclusion.

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned.

Degree planner — Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies - Option 1

Including 30 point directed study.

Coursework

Subject Paper

30 points

Option Paper

30 points

Option Paper

30 points

Research

Research Methods

30 points

Directed Study

30 points

  • Coursework
  • Research


Required papers

  • DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies

Subject/Option papers

  • DINST513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • HMDEV503 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
  • HMDEV524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
  • COUNS546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
  • MAOED523 Māori Education Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

Research Methods and Research papers

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies  incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori  - Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from:


30 points may be taken from outside the subject of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

For further education papers, see the Master of Education and the Master of Educational Leadership.

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 - please see the MDInS regulations.

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

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies - Option 2

Including 60 point dissertation (pathway option for doctoral study). Entry to the dissertation requires a B average across prior master's papers.

Coursework

Subject Paper
30 points

Option Paper
30 points

Research

Research Methods
30 points

Dissertation
60 points

  • Coursework
  • Research


Required papers

  • DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies

Subject/Option papers

  • DINST513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • HMDEV503 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
  • HMDEV524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
  • COUNS546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
  • MAOED523 Māori Education Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

Research Methods and Research papers

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies  incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori  - Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from:


30 points may be taken from outside the subject of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

For further education papers, see the Master of Education and the Master of Educational Leadership.

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 - please see the MDInS regulations.

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

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies - Option 3

Including 90 point master's thesis (pathway option for doctoral study). Entry to the master's thesis requires a B+ average across prior master's papers.

Research

Research Methods
30 points

Masters Thesis
90 points

  • Coursework
  • Research


Required papers

  • DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies

Subject/Option papers

  • DINST513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • HMDEV503 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
  • HMDEV524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
  • COUNS546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
  • MAOED523 Māori Education Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

Research Methods and Research papers

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies  incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori  - Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from:


30 points may be taken from outside the subject of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

For further education papers, see the Master of Education and the Master of Educational Leadership.

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 - please see the MDInS regulations.

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

This information is provisional and subject to change.


Career opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Senior Practitioner in disability services support and management
  • Policy and Project Worker/Analyst
  • Disability Advocate
  • Inclusion Practitioner
  • Inclusive Educator

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Teaching or a bachelor's degree with a major or minor in a subject related to disability and inclusion studies with at least a B grade average across 300 level papers.

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.


Study in Tauranga

Many Disability and Inclusion Studies papers are offered fully online or partially online with block on campus teaching in Hamilton and Tauranga.


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Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research
Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Email: [email protected]

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870
Email: [email protected]

Programme Leader
Associate Professor Patsie Frawley
Email: [email protected]

Academic Coordinator Tauranga
Dr Nadine Ballam
Phone: (+64) 7 262 0547 Ext: 3547
Email: [email protected]
Based at the Tauranga campus

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