Master's degree programme 2 years, Trondheim

Master of Science in Disability and Society

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The Master of Science in Disability and Society is a unique study programme in Norway which gives the student an in-depth insight into disability and the barriers the disabled are up against.

Disability and society

Disability is seen as a (potentially problematic) interplay between an individual and their environment. The challenge here is to understand this interplay such that by changing the environment in a broad sense, society can be made less disabling.

This programme of study is interdisciplinary with a sociological profile; it treats the consequences of reduced ability in daily life, and how societal barriers can be disabling.

Practical research is directed towards, for example:

  • standard of living
  • societal outcasts
  • practical interaction with social agencies
  • consequences of political reform
  • barriers to participation
  • new political trends (e.g. accessibility and anti-discrimination laws)
  • observed practices and daily life in childcare institutions/schools and in general

Programme structure

The Master of Science in Disability and Society is a two-year long programme which consists of both compulsory and elective courses and a master's thesis (45 ECTS). You may take the master programme as a part-time study.

Teaching is to a great extent carried out through the medium of seminars, and combines lectures, project work and problem-based learning. The teaching is generally organized as four or five intensive weeks per semester. This means that the course offerings are completed over short, work-intensive periods. The master programme combines obligatory courses and elective specialization subjects.

For further information about the courses, please consult the course descriptions .

Please note that the language of instruction is mostly Norwegian, consult Courses in English for an overview of courses given in English.


Degree: Master of Science in Disability and Society
Language of instruction: Norwegian

Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MFUNKSAM
Restricted admission: Yes

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Department of Social Work

City: Trondheim
Application deadline: 15th April

This information applies to the current academic year

Exchange student?

You are welcome as an exchange student to study one of our many courses.

Contact us

Telephone: +47 73 59 77 00

Postal address:
Student and Academic Division
Admissions Office
N-7491 Trondheim