MSc Disability Studies: Inclusive Theory and Research


This master's programme grew from a popular MSc course which started in 2007/8, offered by the Norah Fry Research Centre, School for Policy Studies, at the University of Bristol. It is now a part of the research methods programme in the School for Policy Studies, and includes core units that are recognised as part of the ESRC doctoral training centre based in Bristol.

Our master's programme at the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies is taught largely by staff in the centre, who are active researchers, with input from disabled co-tutors during some parts of the units. The course offers a chance to focus on learning disability issues within the wider perspectives of disability studies. This research methods MSc offers an opportunity to study generic social research skills, and particularly to develop research methodologies with disabled people.

This MSc qualification provides a basis for jobs related to social care research, for research carried out directly within the disabled people’s movement, and also for PhD study.

We welcome applications both for part-time and full-time places, from those progressing from a first degree, and from professionals in the field. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and from people who are under-represented at the University of Bristol, including those from minority ethnic groups.

Many of our students come to us with a background in employment in the disability area, or with life experience of disability. Prior learning is therefore considered as part of the entry process. We also recruit students who have a professional interest and expertise in the area of disability.

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Programme director:
Dr Demi Patsios
+44 (0117) 954 6774

School admissions:
sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk
+44 (0)117 954 6785

School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 1TZ