Disability Studies

Providing you with essential skills in understanding disability, organisational management and transformation.

Are you currently working in any of the following areas, or looking to transition into these fields: disability support, health, human services, or rehabilitation?

Driven by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), UNE has developed an innovative and flexible articulation program designed to equip you with the key knowledge and skills to help you adopt a more person-centred approach to people with a disability and their families. Our Graduate Certificate in Disability, Graduate Diploma in Disability and Master of Disability are unique in that they have a dual focus on:

  • helping you to understand the scientific basis of disability, and
  • helping you to identify how to transform your business and people management practices within the specific setting of a disability service organisation.

The program is designed to give you the skills to help your organisation to transition into the new era of service delivery, whether that be in the government, private or community services sector.

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Two courses are available to students wishing to study disability services and management.

Graduate Certificate in Disability (up to 2 years part-time)
Graduate Diploma in Disability (up to 4 years part-time)
Master of Disability (up to 6 years part-time)

Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in the provision of disability services and management, and NDIS business management. They will also gain hands-on experience in the disability field through completion of a work-based unit of study.

Teaching staff for this multi-disciplinary program are drawn from the School of Science and Technology, and the UNE Business School.

All courses may be completed online on a part-time basis, allowing students to balance study with work and other commitments.

You are able to enter the Graduate Certificate with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma with relevant experience or with the relevant experience only.  You are to then progress to the Graduate Diploma or the Master degree.


Go to the Programs of Study for the Graduate Certificate in Disability, the Graduate Diploma in Disability and the Master of Disability for details of the units to be completed.


The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a demand for employees with specialist education and training in the disability and human services sector.

Graduates will be well prepared for a variety of roles within the disability sector – in business management or in service provision. Potential careers include roles in disability advocacy, case management and human services, rehabilitation and employment services, and disability policy and program


Enquiries about studying the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Disability and Master of Disability at UNE can be made to the Course Coordinator:

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