M.A. Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs

Manchester Metropolitan University

Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,740 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,870 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme provides outstanding professional development for those already working in this sector enabling them to deepen their understanding of how to develop more inclusive practice within their own professional setting or country context. It is led by highly qualified tutors with specialist experience. There are close links with the University's Education and Social Research Institute which has established a reputation for innovation in Inclusive Education.

Features & benefits of the course
* Courses are led by highly qualified tutors from the Centre for Inclusive Education & SEN, with experience as educational psychologists or in local authority advisory, development and school leadership roles
* The Programme is linked to world-leading research at the Education & Social Research Institute, rated in the top ten for educational research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
* Dedicated support for international and EU students.
* Also available as a part-time option

Many of our students:
Progress to become Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators or take up a range of leadership roles related to inclusion and diversity in schools and other educational settings.

There are opportunities for successful students to progress to research degrees with the Education and Social Research Institute, leading to Ed.D or PhD.


The Inclusive Education and SEN full-time award pathway provides outstanding professional development at Masters Level, leading to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA degrees.

Our team offers a stimulating balance of study around inclusive practice in mainstream settings, together with opportunities to focus on more specialist areas of SEN.

Module Information
The two Core Units which all students follow are:

* Understanding inclusive education
* Research for inclusive education

There is a range of Option Units from which you can choose. These may include:

* Introduction to the autism spectrum
* Specific learning difficulties (dyslexia): developing inclusive practice
* Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties, developing inclusive practice
* Inclusive teaching for bilingual learners

* Core Units Research for Inclusive Education This unit will introduce you to key issues in educational research, in the context of inclusive education. This unit forms essential preparation for the Dissertation for the MA (Inclusive Education & Special Educational Needs).

Understanding Inclusive Education This unit presents an overview of the field of inclusive education and introduces students to key concepts and terminology. You are encouraged to reflect on your understandings of special educational needs and to consider alternative approaches in the context of recent research on inclusion and diversity in education.

* Optional Units Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties : Developing Inclusive Practice This unit will explore the complex and challenging issues of developing effective inclusive provision that seeks to address barriers to learning associated with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties. We will examine this within a context of policy, and statutory frameworks, research, theory and practice.

Dissertation The dissertation is an extended piece of writing which reports on a research project.

Introduction to the Autism Spectrum This unit introduces you to the autism spectrum, outlining the key features of the condition and explaining the variability in presentation between individuals. Differences in the way children and young people with ASC think and learn are described before approaches to support learning are outlined.

Research Project The Research Project is a small-scale practitioner research project leading to an extended Research Report in the area of inclusive education or special educational needs.

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia): Developing Inclusive Practice This unit offers an introduction to specific learning difficulties, and considers how to develop inclusive practices with learners identified as having dyslexia. The unit examines the complexities of causation; introducing Primary and Secondary practitioners to screening tools and a range of diagnostic assessment materials.

Assessment details
Each Unit is assessed through a written assignment equivalent to 5,000 words; this may include alternative formats, such as a presentation. Each assignment is designed to be flexible to enable you to focus your research on an area that is most relevant to you.
Our virtual learning environment, Moodle, provides each unit with its own website which contains all necessary learning materials plus a wealth of additional resources you can access from home.


Either a good Honours degree (minimum second class or equivalent) in teaching, or other equivalent professional qualification and relevant experience; with evidence of the ability to study successfully at Masters level.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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