Course Description

Transform major challenges in disability service provision and policy. Designed for practitioners from diverse backgrounds in disability services, the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) develops the specialist knowledge and skills to enable you to provide high quality disability services and inform current policy.

Developmental disability is a diverse group of chronic conditions which include intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy. As a health science student, you will learn from world-class leaders in the field of developmental disability studies committed to advancing health and social policy and practice solutions which enable affected individuals and their families to participate fully in society.

Throughout this one and a half year degree, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by people with developmental disability alongside the enhanced professional skills necessary to respond to the major challenges facing the sector. You will tackle some of the difficult questions in developmental disability, including sexuality, end-of-life issues, and parenting, as you contribute to multidisciplinary practice and understanding.

With major changes to the delivery of disability services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there is an unprecedented demand for highly skilled practitioners who can provide disability services and inform policy. Designed for practitioners working across the medical, nursing, dental, allied health therapies, social work, behaviour science and educational professions, this degree will position you at the forefront of developmental disability research and practice.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $26,000 total course cost.
International Students: $43,000 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAHSDEDI2000

Entry Requirements

IELTS: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 565 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing