Master of Disability Practice

La Trobe University

The Master of Disability Practice is a fully online course designed and taught by leading researchers from La Trobe University's Living with Disability Research Centre. The Living with Disability Research Centre is one of Australia's pre-eminent research centres that specialises in the understanding and improving practice and service systems that support people with cognitive disabilities to be included in society. This course provides professionals working in diverse contexts with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to enhance their confidence and practice in working directly with people with disabilities and their families. It will also equip them to understand the current disability landscape at a time of significant reform and tackle disadvantage through system level change. Students will gain a strong grounding in research methods including literature review and undertake a supervised industry project in a disability-related field, culminating in the submission of a minor research thesis.

Course Fee:

Australian: $37,500

Entry Requirements:

Academic level: Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Alternate entry: Advanced Diploma in a disability-related field, with at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Non-cognate or non-Bachelor qualified students will be assessed on a case by case basis. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a postgraduate level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Pathways: Students who apply for entry into this course from alternate pathways, will be assessed on a case by case basis to ensure appropriate underpinning knowledge in at least one of the following fields: Behavioural Sciences, Social Studies and/or Human Welfare Studies and Services.


1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent. The Master of Disability Practice is structured flexibly so that students have an opportunity to customise their learning program to meet their own professional training needs. Single subject enrolment is also available.

Subjects you can Study:

First year: The Contemporary Disability Landscape; Enhancing Social Inclusion; Support Planning with People with Disabilities; Translating Evidence into Disability Practice; Disability and the Law; Ethical Issues in Disability Practice; Advocacy in Contemporary Disability Practice; Understanding Complex and Challenging Needs. Second year: Foundations of Graduate Research; Scoping Reviews in Disability Research; Research Thesis.

Study Pathways:

On completion of 60 credit points option to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice On completion of 120 credits option to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Online 1.5 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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