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Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education

This award provides the opportunity to engage with theoretical perspectives and research in the field of inclusion and disability, both nationally and globally. The programme is relevant to both UK and *international applicants and starts from the premise that terms, such as inclusion, disability and special needs are contestable.

Students are encouraged to critically engage in those social, political and global debates relating to the education of marginalised groups of children and young people.

The question of how can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society is central to the award. In this way the MA provides outstanding professional development for those working in education, enabling them to deepen their understanding of how to develop more inclusive practice within their own professional setting or country context.

Sessions are led by highly qualified tutors from the Faculty's Education and Social Research Institute who have relevant expertise and professional experience.

For further details on this award, please contact Dr Samantha Fox,

*We welcome applications from non-EU internationals for the full-time route and students are supported at every stage by Manchester Met International.

Features and Benefits

- Linked to world-leading research at the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

- Tutors are engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities and have published a number of books relevant to our courses

- Accreditation of prior learning is available for recent and relevant Masters credits

- Students can attend a range of events across the Faculty, including our annual SENCo conference

- Our virtual learning environment, Moodle, provides each unit with its own website with all the essential learning materials plus a wealth of additional resources you can access from home.

- Students are encouraged to expand their network in the academic community, present at local conferences and to look to publish their own work

Entry requirements

Standard MMU admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements
International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Term 1: introduction to educational and social research design; understanding inclusive education. Term 2: choose two from: collaborative research project; globalisation, social justice and social change; identity, equality and empowerment in childhood; independent study; key issues in managing diversity, disability and special educational needs; practice based project; transformative and ethical leadership in educational settings.

Assessment methods

Assessments are based around your workplace and relevant to your own practice. All assessed work is returned to students with both formative and summative comments, which are intended to present clear guidance for future assessment. There are no formal examinations.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 1 Years

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