Master of Disability Studies

RIDBC Renwick Centre           Affiliated with Macquarie University
The Master of Disability Studies is administered and delivered by RIDBC Renwick Centre in affiliation with Macquarie University.
The Master of Disability Studies will prepare you for the advanced professional duties required of a qualified special educator working as a teacher of the Deaf or a teacher of students with vision impairment. It will also prepare you with the expertise to conduct research or complete further study in this field.
This course is suited to a range of individuals, including qualified educators who wish to teach students who have a sensory disability; educators already working in the sensory disability field who wish to further their knowledge, skills and qualifications; as well as professionals from a variety of backgrounds (including disability and allied health) who are seeking to complete studies or conduct research in sensory disability.
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 This course is available externally, so you can balance your work and your studies.
Fees are affordable as all students are eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places.
Recognition of prior learning is available for previous studies.
Specialisations available:
  • Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Education: Vision Impairment
  • Sensory Disability
Need more information?
Find out more in the RIDBC/ Macquarie University Student Handbook here.

Need to speak with someone?
Claire Farrington 
Manager, Graduate Education, RIDBC
(02) 9872-0811 

Macquarie University Coursefinder

You can also study a higher degree by research at Macquarie University. Prospective students interested in research in the sensory disability field are encouraged to contact RIDBC Renwick Centre for individual advice.

Further information about research degrees with Macquarie University may be found on their website.

Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship opprtunity

Are you interested in a career as an orientation and mobility specialist with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT?

Each year, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT offers sponsorships to complete the Master of Disability Studies with a specialisation in Sensory Disability, as the first step to employment as an orientation and mobility specialist with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. The sponsorship covers all course fees.

Selected candidates for sponsorship must successfully complete the first semester (full-time) of the Master Degree program and other employment criteria, leading to an offer of full-time employment as an orientation and mobility specialist.

To lodge your expression of interest, please contact Sonya Leotta on