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Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education

Explore the ways practitioners generate knowledge across the field of inclusive education and disability. Reflect on your understanding of special educational needs. Examine alternative approaches to inclusion and diversity in education.

This masters degree focuses on the hidden voices in education. Rather than exploring a particular category of special educational needs (SEN), you'll consider the critical issues for equality and diversity.

You'll question the way we educate and look at alternative ways to encourage the inclusion of children and adults who are marginalised from typical ways of learning.

We emphasise the importance of understanding different perspectives and investigating where your position lies within current debates. We challenge you to rethink your ideas about education, to critique your views, and to think about the implications for policy and practice.

You'll explore some of the wider questions related to theory, policy and practice in the field of inclusion, disability and SEN. Questions such as: How can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society? How should we understand the complexities of inclusive education in a rapidly changing world?

Typically, you'll study three core units and two option units. These option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you're passionate about, such as global policy or disability and difference.

Your final assignment is a dissertation and you'll choose the topic.

Entry requirements

MA: 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.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

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 £ 7,560 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MA Part-time £ 6,300 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 3 Years
MA £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 1 3 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 1 Years

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