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Post-Graduate Certificate/Post-Graduate Diploma/Master Of Science - Disability Studies
Course Code: INT73
Award:

Post-Graduate Certificate - Disability Studies (1 year part-time)

Post-Graduate Diploma - Disability Studies (2 years part-time)

Masters of Science- Disability Studies (3 years part-time) 

Entry Requirements:

 Admission Criteria for entry to Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Disability Studies.

 

Applicants will normally have gained:

 

  • A primary degree (level 8) or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

 

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam (http://www.ielts.org/ for information on IELTS tests) is required

 

Criteria for progression onto Master of Science (Disability Studies).

Applicants will normally have gained:

 

  • A Post Graduate Diploma (Level 9) or evidence of equivalent academic credits 

 

                               And

 

  • Have successfully completed a postgraduate level 9 research module (or equivalent learning)

 

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. A score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam (http://www.ielts.org/ for information on IELTS tests) is required. This equates to a score of 570 in TOEFL.

Duration:

The Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / Master of Science in Disability Studies programme is module in design and runs in three stages. Students may undertake 3 modules in stage one (Year 1) worth 30 ECTS at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) (National framework of Qualifications (QQI 2014)), 3 modules in stage two (Year 2) worth 30 ECTS at level 9 on the NFQ framework.

 

Students can choose to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate in Disability Studies on successful completion of year 1, or a Postgraduate Diploma award on successful completion of year 2, or they can bypass this award, and subject to entry criteria, elect to continue for one academic year, to achieve the award of Master of Health Sciences at level 9 award on the NFQ for 30 ECTs. 

Fees (euro):

€2,100 for 2019/20, the fees for interntaional students are €6,300 for 2019/20. 

Application Process:

The application form is available at this link:

 

 

Please contact Susan Carton or Charlotte Beech (071 9135613) cbeech@stangelas.nuigalway.ie for further queries.

Next Intake:

September 2019

Closing Date: 2019-06-01

Programme Overview

 

There are approximately 600,000 disabled people living in Ireland (approximately 13% of the population). When this statistic is applied to the day-to-day experience of most Irish citizens however, it is rarely the case that 13% of the people will go to school with, work with, socialise with, elect, consult or otherwise meet, are disabled colleagues or friends. This indicates that there is an absence of disabled people as equal and effective citizens in Irish society.  How our society 'disables' people requires robust investigation.

Other statistics bear this out; the level of education completed by disabled people is substantially lower than that achieved in the general population.  Disabled people are much less likely to have completed third level education. The unemployment rate amongst disabled people is higher than (30.8% compared with 19%) in the overall population.  Disabled people have poorer general health than the overall population (CSO, 2011).

Disability studies allow us to understand that these poorer outcomes arise, not because of the impairment or condition - which is a fact of life for the individual - but because society has been constructed by non-disabled people, with non-disabled people in mind.  Disability studies allow us to understand disability in a different way; not as a health issue or something to be 'cured', nor as something to arouse sympathy, but as a political and social issue.  The study of 'disability' is therefore inextricably linked to the concept of equality.

 

This programme is intended for:

This programme may be of interest to disabled people in Ireland, or people currently working in the disability and community sectors. People working for, or living with, disabled people may also be interested in the programme. DESSA delivers a nation-wide Empowering-Parents Programme and Peer-Mentoring training that has initiated research that identifies how disabled people, parents/siblings and guardians are seeking effective 3rd-level options for accredited disability-equality further education.

 

 

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / Master of Science (Disability Studies) programme will be run on a part-time basis.  Students may complete the Postgraduate Certificate element of the programme over one year. Students may complete the Postgraduate Diploma element of the programme over two years. 

 

Participants should note that an optional module will only be available when the required minimum number of students are undertaking the module.  Where there are insufficient numbers of applications to make a module a good learning experience, all applicants will be informed in advance.  This communication will support the applicant in making alternative selections congruent with their own personal professional development plans.

 

Year 1 - (PG Certificate in Disability Studies)

Core Modules

 

  • Historical Perspectives in Disability Studies
  • The Lived Experience of Disability
  • Personal and Social Perspectives in Disability Studies

 

   Year 2 - (PG Diploma in Disability Studies)

Core Modules

 

  • Applied Social Policy & Disability Equality
  • Advanced Research Skills

 

Optional Modules (students will undertake 1 module from those listed below)

 

  • Social Inclusion
  • Building Competence for Community Activism
  • Education, Work and Disability
  • Disability Arts

 

Year 3 - Master of Science (Disability Studies)  

 

  • Research Dissertation Practicum

Assessment of Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / Master of Science (Disability Studies)

Module Title

Code

Type

Coursework

Examination

ECTS Level 9

Historical Perspectives in Disability Studies

PGDS01

Core

100%

 

10

The Lived Experience of Disability

PGDS02

Core

100%

 

10

Personal and Social Perspectives in Disability Studies

PGDS03

Core

100%

 

10

Applied Social Policy & Disability Equality

PDDS04

Core

100%

 

10

Elective Module (Choose 1 from;

1.       Social Inclusion

2.       Building Competence for Community Activism

3.       Education, Work and Disability

4.       Disability Arts

 

 

PGDS05a

 

 

PGDS05b

 

PGDS05c

PGDS05d

Optional

100%

 

10

Advanced Research Skills

PGHS01

Core

100%

 

10

 

PROGRAMME TOTAL

60 ECTS

 

Assessment of Master of Health Sciences

Module Title

Code

Coursework

Exam

ECTS

Research Dissertation Practicum

MHS01

100%

 

30

Totals

 

100%

 

30

 

PROGRAMME TOTAL

30 ECTS

 

Career Opportunities

This degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to work in the areas of health or disability at the individual, group or community level. They may pursue a career in the public service, voluntary or statutory agencies or in the private sector.

  • Service delivery: actually providing the service that the disability / health organisation is focused upon.
  • Fundraising: ensuring the success of the organisation through marketing, campaigning, communications, PR, grant applications, co-ordinating donations etc.
  • Policy research or strategy: keeping abreast of political developments, identifying key stakeholders in the decision-making process at European, national, regional and local government level, researching international trends etc.
  • Administration: issues such as managing staff and budgets, and volunteer co-ordination (recruitment, training and co-ordination). Administrators can often be key employees within this sector and requirements include good interpersonal ability, IT expertise and administrative skills.

Graduates will be prepared to play leadership roles in such settings as:

  • Community service agencies
  • State and local government agencies
  • International human rights and non-governmental organizations
  • National policy or advocacy organizations
  • Disability & Community Care Services

For example; Acquired Brain Injury Ireland,  Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Aware, Bodywhys, Care Alliance Ireland, Centre for Independent Living,  Cheshire Ireland,  DeafHear.ie,  Diabetes Federation of Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, Enable Ireland,  Health Action Overseas, Irish Wheelchair Association, Sophia Housing Association Ltd, Special Olympics Ireland, Spinal Injuries Ireland, The Carers Association, Voluntary Service International, The Equality Authority, Citizen Information Board, Women’s Health Council and Office for Social Inclusion. 
The programme is also relevant to the needs of people already employed in these areas who wish to gain a relevant qualification. 

Downloads & Other Information

Application Form

Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus

**The application facility for this programme is now open**



Contact Details

Susan Carton
T: 071 91 35 620
E: scarton@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

FAQ – Disability Studies in St Angela’s College

Why were the Disability Studies courses developed?
Disability studies courses were developed to accommodate a growing need for effective 3rd-level, accredited disability-equality education. That growing needs is evident among; disabled people, those working in the disability & community sectors; in the fields of health and social care and people who have commitments that prevent them attending college - so a suite of online options was created.

Who are they aimed at?
These course options are aimed at anyone with an interest in disability. That might include disabled people, people working for or with disabled people, families and carers of disabled people and those working in the disability or community sectors, or in the fields of health and social care, for example.

I am neither disabled nor do I work in the disability sector. Is it still a good idea for me to do this course?
Yes. We understand that the content and format of the courses may suit you, even if you are not in one of the above categories. We welcome any applicants with an interest in disability.

Are preferences for entry shown for applicants from the above categories?
No preferences will be shown based on the above categories.

Do I need to have the leaving cert or equivalent to gain admission to the courses?
Entry requirements Certificate in Disability Studies (Level 7)
No. Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence on the Level 7 Certificate in Disability Studies. Candidates are, however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, and basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates under 21 years should meet the university’s minimum matriculation entry requirements:

Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the leaving certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

For more detailed info on NUI matriculation read here: http://www.nui.ie/college/docs/matricRegs/matricRegs_2015_2016_EN.pdf
For queries on exemptions from the minimum matriculation requirements please contact student services: uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call 071 9195514
Those for whom English is not the first language should check the university requirements at:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/international/english.html

Entry requirements Post-Graduate Certificate /Diploma /Master of Science in Disability Studies (Level 9)
A primary Degree (min 2:2) OR equivalent academic credits.
(Candidates who do not meet this criterion, but who have relevant prior learning or experience will be considered in certain circumstances. Please contact Susan Carton for more information on this scarton@stangelas.nuigalway.ie )

How do I apply for the Course?

  • The Certificate in Disability Studies
    Students wishing enrol onto the Certificate in Disability Studies programme, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: C. Beech, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.

  • The Post-Graduate Certificate /Diploma /Master of Science in Disability Studies
    Students wishing enrol onto thePost-Graduate Certificate /Diploma /Master of Science in Disability Studies course, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: C Beech, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.

Applications open now

Do I have to attend for a selection interview?
No, there will be no interviews for selection. Selection will be based on your application form only.

When will I know if I’ve got accepted onto the module / programme?
Receipt of application form will be acknowledged within 2 weeksApplicants will be responded to by the 30th June 2019

Are there a minimum number of students needed to run the programme?
Yes, 10 students are required in order to run the programme.

If I apply, at what stage will I know if the course is actually going ahead or not?
You will know if the course is going ahead no later than the 23rd August 2019

What level of award is the postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Master of Science in Disability Studies?
The course is an NFQ Level 9 award

What is the duration of the courses?
The post graduate Certificate courses run over one full academic year. The Postgraduate Diploma takes 2 years to complete and the Master of Science in Disability Studies takes three years to complete.
What are the modules (subjects) I will be studying?
Year 1 - (PG Certificate in Disability Studies)
Core Modules

  • Historical Perspectives in Disability Studies
  • The Lived Experience of Disability
  • Personal and Social Perspectives in Disability Studies

Year 2 - (PG Diploma in Disability Studies)
Core Modules

  • Applied Social Policy & Disability Equality
  • Advanced Research Skills

Optional Modules (students will undertake 1 module from those listed below)

  • Social Inclusion
  • Building Competence for Community Activism
  • Education, Work and Disability
  • Disability Arts

Year 3 - Master of Science (Disability Studies) 

  • Research Dissertation Practicum

What level of award is the undergraduate Certificate in Disability Studies?
The certificate is an NFQ Level 7 award  


What is the duration of the programme?
1 year.


What are the modules (subjects) I will be studying?

  • Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland

When do the courses commence?
September 2019.


How are these modules assessed?
Assessment of course modules is by written assignments and a variety of project work in each year of the programme. There are no examinations.

What sort of jobs might the degree lead to?
The degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities within the disability sector, from service delivery to policy-making to administration. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to advance their careers in the Disbaility / Community Sector at the individual, group or community level.
Graduates of the Level 7 Certificate may choose to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies or Community Development, for example.
For a more detailed look at the type of opportunities we envision for graduates of this course you can read our Further Studies and Career Opportunities Tab.


Will I be expected to attend college in Sligo?
No, you will study independently from home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments. You will also attend seminars for selected modules. These seminars will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May, and may be offered at different centres throughout the country, depending on numbers of students where they are located.

You are advised to attend a two-day induction / orientation at St. Angela’s College in Sligo, at the beginning of the programme. This will take place in September 2019 and will be on a Friday and Saturday (Proposed dates TBC)

What will the seminars consist of?
The seminars offer a chance to explore further some of the topics studied online, to give them a practical application and to answer questions on a face-to-face basis.


Where will the seminars be taking place?
The locations of the seminars will depend on the number of students and their geographical locations. Normally seminars will take place in St Angela’s College Sligo.


Can I choose the location of the seminars I attend?
Yes, as long as they are being provided in different locations and this depends on the numbers of students in these locations.

Approximately how many seminars will there be?
Up to 2 per year.


How are the courses assessed?
Continuous assessment is used in these courses – you will undertake project work online, assignments and essays. There are no examinations.


I have not studied in a long time, will that matter?
No, as long as you have the basic reading, writing and IT skills that enable you to study independently.


What kind of online resources will be available to me for research/completing assignments?
You will have access to St. Angela’s Moodle platform for course notes and resources. You will also have access to NUI Galway’s extensive online library resources.


What kind of technical facilities will I need at home?

  • A good quality broadband connection with low latency.
  • All St Angela’s College registered students are entitled to download and install up to 5 copies of Microsoft office 2016. For details of how to do this please see
  • www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/students
  • We recommend the latest version of internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. All are available to download and install free of charge, but restrictions may apply depending on your operating system.
  • You may need to install adobe flash player or adobe reader. These can be downloaded and installed free of charge.
  • For users using the adobe connect live lectures or recorded lecturer you may need to install adobe connect application for desktop. Please see the link below for more details.
  • https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/adobe-connect/using/adobe-connect-application-for-desktop.html

For more details on technical specifications: http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/adobeconnect/tech-specs.html

What are the annual fees of the courses?
The Certificate in Disability Studies fees are €995.

The postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Master of Science in Disability Studies fees are €2,100 for 2019/20, for international Students the fees are €6,300 for 2019/20.

Will I be able to pay the fees in stages?
Yes, you will be able to pay the fees in two stages: half the payment at the start of the programme, in September and the other half at the start of semester 2, in January.

As this is my first time studying at degree level am I entitled to claim under the free fees initiative?
No. As the course is part-time you will not be eligible for the free fees initiative.  


Can I claim tax relief on the fees?
Yes, you can claim tax relief of 20% on the fees. Find out more here:
http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it1.html#section21


I have a specific learning difficulty. How will the college support me during the programme?
St Angela’s College values the participation of disabled students and those who have specific learning difficulties and promotes a learning environment that will enable all students to become independent learners and highly skilled graduates.
Prospective students may find out more about St Angela’s Student Services at http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Student%20Services&&info=About 
You can contact our student services officer directly at uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call +353 71 9195514
Or our Disability Officer at Disability@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call +353 71 9195543
For help with essay writing the Academic Writing Centre at NUIG provides a phone service for distance learners. Find out more information here: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/awc/

Where can I get more information about the programme?
All the information on the Disability Studies Programme should be here on the website and on this FAQ. If you can’t find the information you need please contact St. Angela’s at: cbeech@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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