Postgraduate Courses in Disability Healthcare

If the time has come for you to move to the next level, there is a range of courses in the major colleges, recruiting right now, for Masters-level qualifications.

DCU – MSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice

In Dublin City University (DCU)’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences, they have developed a postgraduate educational framework for nurses and other healthcare practitioners – this comes in response to the changing needs of educational provision in healthcare practice and stakeholder consultation. Its modules focus on practice-embedded elements. You can expect to work at least 20 hours per week in an area related to your intended focus of study, e.g.

  • recovery-oriented practice,
  • the management of long term illness,
  • community/primary care,
  • intellectual disability & concurrent mental health problems,
  • care of the older person, or
  • care of the child and adolescent.

The programme seeks to further develop analytical skills, and has created an educational framework to deliver the best possible care to individuals, families and communities – their mission is to improve the quality of healthcare practice in the Irish healthcare system.

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ucdUCD – Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, M.Sc.

The UCD MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is delivered by the UCD Centre for Disability Studies. This two-year part-time programme is aimed at candidates currently working or volunteering in the disability field who seek to obtain leadership roles within the sector.

The MSc provides a unique experience for students to receive tuition in both rehabilitative skills and disability studies. Students gain skills from a wide variety of expert practitioners in areas such as rehabilitation practice, programme development, and management.  Simultaneously, students receive tuition in core areas of disability studies providing them with an appreciation of national and international policy and legislation, current controversies in the disability field, and a firm grounding in research methodologies.

Given the applied nature of our programme, candidates must be currently working or volunteering in a disability setting with permission to attend the university on Fridays when lectures are delivered. Lectures are delivered by our core team within the UCD Centre for Disability Studies with the support of guest lecturers from an array of leading organisations.

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trinnersTrinity College Dublin – M.Sc. in Disability Studies

The M.Sc. in Disability Studies at Trinity College Dublin is now taking applications for 2017-2018.

The M.Sc. in Disability Studies, School of Social Work and Social Policy, provides students with a deep understanding of disability from social, historical, cultural, economic and policy perspectives. Graduates of the M.Sc. are equipped with the knowledge, analytical skills and perspectives to help translate rights into reality in the field of disability.

The programme offers:

  1. Immersion in the policy and practice implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related human rights instruments.
  2. A thorough grounding in the principles and practice of programme evaluation, person-centredness, and advocacy.
  3. An internship in a cutting edge disability organisation in the public, private, or voluntary sectors.
  4. Access to expertise of the Trinity Centre for Inclusion and Intellectual Disability and the Centre for Deaf Studies, both located in Trinity College Dublin.
  5. Familiarisation with the key global issues in the field of disability.
  6. Exposure to teaching from a range of disciplinary perspectives and a combination of blended and traditional teaching and learning methods.

The programme aims to prepare graduates for employment and career development in areas such as disability advocacy, quality assurance in disability services, programme planning and evaluation in the field of disability, disability research, and disability policy analysis.

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