Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is designed for practitioners from diverse backgrounds in disability services, including medical, nursing, dental, allied health therapies, social work, behavioural science and educational professions to develop specialist knowledge in the field of developmental disability.

Developmental disability is a diverse group of chronic conditions including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy. People living with developmental disability, across their lifespan, confront many issues, especially in communication, physical and mental health, learning, family life, social inclusion, sexuality, self-help, and independent living.

Underpinned by theory, scholarship and research, this program looks to expand the knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by people with developmental disability, and enhance the skills of professionals to respond to the challenges faced by the sector.

The Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is taught by world-class leaders in the field who are committed to advancing health and social policy and practice solutions to enable affected individuals and their families to participate fully in society.

This program tackles some of the difficult questions in developmental disability, including sexuality, end-of-life issues, and parenting to ensure that people receive the support they need in these crucial aspects of their life that are all too often overlooked.

Course outline

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/postgraduate/coursework/developmental_disability_unit_of_study_table.shtml 

Study plan

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 72 credit points (cps) consisting of two core units (6cps each), five Developmental Disability stream electives (30cps), four elective units (24cps), and one capstone unit (6cps)

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Major changes to the delivery of disability services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, mean an unprecedented demand for well-trained, research-literate practitioners to provide disability services and inform policy.

This program is delivered by leading developmental disability researchers and lecturers who are actively involved in disability services, policy and research. It provides specialist education for people who are interested in tackling the challenging issues in disability services and policy. It will equip you with the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding to contribute to multidisciplinary practice in a manner characterised by respect for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates and communities.

Course accreditation

This unique course was originally developed as a collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, by a team of nationally recognised researchers and practitioners in developmental disability.

Further study

Upon completion of this award you may want to consider a Master's by Research or a PhD.

Admission

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for admission, applicants must have one of the following:

• A bachelor's degree in an area of occupational relevance
such as health sciences, allied health/therapy (physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, speech pathology), medicine, dentistry,
nursing, welfare, psychology, behavioural, social, educational
or biomedical sciences.
• Overseas qualifications acceptable to the Faculty
• Other general and professional qualifications and/or
experience as will satisfy the Faculty that the applicant
possesses the educational preparation and capacity to
pursue graduate studies, and satisfy such additional
requirement for admission to the program as may be
prescribed by the Faculty

As students will be studying online, access to a computer with internet connection is essential.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the Master of Health Sciences (Development Disability) are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Health Science. On-time applications for Semester 1 close on 31 January. This program will be delivered subject to sufficient student enrolments. The University will contact all applicants if the program does not continue. There is no Semester 2 intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
1. directly to the University, or
2. through a University overseas representative (education agent).

This program will be delivered subject to sufficient student enrolments. The University will contact all applicants if the program does not continue. There is no Semester 2 intake.

This degree does not meet the CRICOS requirements for obtaining an Australian student visa. International students can complete the course through a combination of online and distance modules from their home country.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.