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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Communication For And With People With Disabilities Sociology Of Health And Sickness

Course type


Course Summary

This exciting programme explores disability as an equal opportunities issue by focusing on contemporary organisations and institutionalised practice. If you’re a service provider, practitioner or policy maker who wants to bring theory and practice together, or you’re planning a career in the field of disability, you’ll explore a range of disability-related issues from theoretical and practical perspectives. Our refreshed core modules allow you to explore the frontiers of research in this rapidly developing field, and focus on social policy for disabled people in education, benefits, housing, transport, employment, health and social support services, as well as recent developments in social research on disability. You’ll also choose from optional modules to focus on the topics that best suit your own interests or career plans, from care to disability and development via research training or race and ethnicity studies.

Learning and teaching

We use various teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials in core modules. Optional modules may also include methods such as practical classes, workshops or online learning. Independent study is also crucial to this programme, allowing you to shape your own research questions, prepare for taught sessions and build research and analytical skills.


Assessment methods are likely to vary, depending on the optional modules you choose. Most of our taught modules are assessed through written work such as essays and book and literature reviews.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for students with a comprehensive knowledge of disability issues in all areas of social life.

In particular, there are many career opportunities in health and social support services, education, human resources, statutory and voluntary agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), INGOs (international non-governmental agencies) and charities.

There are also excellent career openings in social research and universities – you’ll be well prepared for further research at PhD level.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will support students through the process of designing and conducting a substantial piece of independent research. It seeks to enhance their ability to develop and carry through to completion an in-depth analysis focussed on a specific topic relevant to their programme; their capacity to work independently, selecting and using appropriate research methods and/or deploying appropriate advanced theoretical concepts; their understanding of ethics in relation to research; their ability to relate an in-depth study to current broader debates and concerns in the advanced study relevant to their programme of study; their ability to critically engage in the development of professional / disciplinary boundaries and norms; their skills in written communication and organisation within a lengthy format.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in sociology, social policy or a related subject. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.