What’s it like to study a PhD in Disability Studies?
Under the guidance of one or more specialist supervisors with an expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll conduct independent research eventually culminating in an extended dissertation, which should make a substantial contribution to the field of Disability Studies.
Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field, based in the humanities and social sciences. You research may involve cutting across many other subject areas, from politics and social sciences to arts and humanities, to explore how disability is experienced in a broad range of contexts.
Possible topics could include:
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Adaptive and assistive technologies
- Intersectionality and Disability
- Disability equality
- The experiences of the disabled community within a particular field (such as education or social work)
Your research will likely adopt an interdisciplinary method, with the particular methodology dependent on your chosen topic.
Alongside your research, you’ll attend regular progress meetings with your supervisor(s) and complete any additional training required by your institution.
Since it is a relatively new field, there are a very small number of predesigned PhDs in Disability Studies, but many students will propose their own research project. Choosing this option means you’ll identify a gap in the academic literature and determine the parameters of your own research.