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Education (Special and Inclusive Education)

This programme focuses on inclusive practice. It is intended for teachers and other professionals working with students who are experiencing barriers to learning and participation or other special educational needs, whether in mainstream, special schools/units, colleges or early years settings.

Supported by current research, practice and theory, the programme is designed to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of current research, theory and practice. The programme will provide you with opportunities to explore a range of areas, such as international developments in special/inclusive education, how to work with and involve parents and children and the school's role in promoting inclusion. You will also look at a range of topics that arouse controversy and debate in the area of special needs.

Please note that the MSc Education (Special and Inclusive Education) is designed for professionals with one year's experience, either in paid employment or as a volunteer.

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally one year's experience in a professional field (either employed or on a voluntary basis).

Course modules

Core units

  • Introduction to Educational Inquiry
  • How Schools Can Respond to Diversity and to Pupils' Special Needs
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Inclusive Education and Working with Parents/Carers

Optional units

Students following this programme will be able to take optional units from across the school.


You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,400 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time £ 15,700 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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