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MA Inclusive Education
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time, or two years part time.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good first degree and will be typically working in an educational setting. Students who have completed the National Award for SENCo are able to accredit their prior learning (APL) towards the MA Inclusive Education.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

Develop expertise in inclusive education at a time of significant educational reform.

  • Develop knowledge and skills in inclusive education and SEN for expert practitioners.
  • Explore the impact of new legislation and policy at a local and national level.
  • Develop your professional practice as a leader within education.

The Master's in Inclusive Education focuses on the issues that concern the inclusion of learners. These include the philosophical, ethical, and legal aspects that can impact the provision of education in different settings.

The concept of inclusion is challenging and wide-ranging, and you'll be given the opportunity to engage critically with the policy and practice of inclusive education, as well as opportunities to develop your knowledge in specialist areas of SEN.

The MA is also ideal for SENCos who have completed the National Award for SENCo and wish to continue their studies. Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is available.

What you'll learn


Through a combination of taught academic sessions at Master’s level, and self-directed study, you'll gain in-depth knowledge of this field, and how it influences the way students (children, young people, and adults) experience education in various national and international contexts.

Course structure

Our Master’s in Inclusive Education can be studied full-time or part-time. Full-time study runs over one academic year and is divided into three trimesters. Part-time students will take 180 credits completed over two academic years with one module in each trimester of your first year. Your final year comprises one module in trimester one and a double credit dissertation module in trimesters two and three.

Trimester one
In your first trimester, you’ll undertake modules which will show how inclusion is exercised in education settings. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the barriers to inclusion and examine the role of education in contemporary societies. You’ll also explore how educational reform is constructed and implemented to deliver social and economic change. 

Trimester two
In your second trimester, you’ll further explore a topic relating to inclusive education and develop the necessary research skills and understanding to be able to carry out professionally relevant research that underpins the final stage Master’s dissertation. You’ll be introduced to the principles and practices of social research, offering a solid foundation upon which to design, propose and implement a research project. You’ll learn a range of practical, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate for your own needs in your dissertation or other research project.

The course will prepare you to be a researcher. This includes developing the ability to design a piece of research with appropriate methods and to write a research proposal in the form of an action plan.

Trimester three
This module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research on an aspect of inclusive education which you have identified as relevant to your context, and to report the research process and findings in a format appropriate to postgraduate level study.

Students are strongly advised to consult the Award Leader before making their final module selection.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Contemporary Issues in Inclusive Education
  • Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia 1
  • SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum 
  • Independent Study
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Research and the Professional Part one
  • Research and the Professional Part two
  • Dissertation
How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes a range of formats, including a range of written assignments, for example, critical reviews of literature, reflective accounts, presentations, and reflective commentaries. You'll also complete a final Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Some modules have both Saturday and twilight sessions. 

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.



The MA in Inclusive Education is designed for those who are working in education as teachers or programme leaders, as well as those who wish to learn more about this field and how it influences the way students (children, young people, and adults) experience education in various national and international contexts.

The MA is also ideal for SENCos who have completed the National Award for SENCo and wish to continue their studies.

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Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is primarily taught at our Newton Park campus.


You'll have access to:


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £8,595
UK part time £4,298
International full time £15,905

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll have completed your undergraduate degree in an education related field, ideally with some links to inclusive education. You may be working in an educational setting, or you may be continuing with your studies having just completed your undergraduate degree. You should be interested in inclusion, particularly for learners with SEN, and you should be able to demonstrate a strong drive to improve outcomes for all learners.

Students who have completed the National Award for SENCo or the Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia are able to accredit their prior learning (APL) towards the MA Inclusive Education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) web page to learn more.

If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The Admissions team assesses applications individually, but for postgraduate courses we're looking for an IELTS score of between 6.0-7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking).

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PG Dip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 60 credits towards a PG Dip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional developments by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). For further information about gaining credits in this way please contact

APL only applies if the credits were gained within five years of the start of your MA studies.

If you'd like to apply under this certification with a PG Cert in SENCO, please use the link below: 

When to apply

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course leader: Nicola Hewer

"MA Inclusive Education" is a name revision to the programme currently running as MA Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion."

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