Master On Campus Online Blended

Disability and Inclusion Studies

University of Waikato

18 months
22759 USD/year
5441 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Disability and Inclusion Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study. In the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies at University of 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 programme.

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.

In the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies at University of Waikato, you will complete core Disability and Inclusion Studies papers, option papers and research in the form of a Directed Study, Dissertation or Thesis. You can complete the programme 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. It is recommended that you contact the programme leader to plan your programme of study and research for both face-to-face and online study.

Career opportunities

  • Community Leader
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy and Project Worker/Analyst
  • Disability Advocate
  • Inclusion Practitioner

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies
  • Inclusion Policy and Practice: A Disability Rights Approach
  • Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
  • Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
  • Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
  • Māori Education Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • Birth certificate, passport and permits
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
  • A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
  • Evidence of any previous tertiary study
  • Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22759 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22759 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    5441 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5441 USD per year during 18 months.
  • Fees (Domestic): $7,558-$8,140 per year
  • Fees (International): $31,615 (120 pts) or $47,425 (180 pts)

Living costs for Hamilton

1470 - 2020 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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