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.
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
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.
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.
Upon completion of this award you may want to consider a Master's by Research or a PhD.
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.
How to apply
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.
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.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.