M.A. Special Educational Needs

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • GBP11700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of East London | London, United Kingdom
The MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is designed to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education for both general and specific needs. The programme draws upon current legislation and national/international research evidence to inform practice.

Description of Special Educational Needs


The MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is designed to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education for both general and specific needs. The programme draws upon current legislation and national/international research evidence to inform practice. The programme addresses SEN for a wide range of age groups and covers issues such as inclusion, behaviour, autism, literacy difficulties, professional practice and management in SEN as well an independent research.. The programme is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings.

Key Facts

This programme will provide participants with the capacity to meet legislative requirements for pupils with SEN and to meet specific and general needs of learners. The programme supports the development of the Senco role and provides opportunities to specialise in specific areas of SEN.

Why Choose Us?

The integration of theory and practice provides opportunities for participants to personalise their learning and address areas of interest and challenge in the context of their work. The pedagogy of the programme includes a focus upon collaborative learning which supports participants to address current issues and problems through the strength of collective knowledge, experience and expertise. Additional dissertation preparation sessions are provided to ensure a rigorous and informed choice of research approach that is relevant to your practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in face to face seminars, workshops and lectures as well as collaborative activities and discussions in a virtual learning environment.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as soon as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 11700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6250 Year (EEA)
Start date April  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time

Course Content

The MA Special Educational Needs offers a wider range of specialist areas fully covering the SENCo standards. Study on the MA SEN is concerned with understanding a range of special educational needs and disabilities, including Behaviour, Autism, Literacy/Dyslexia and inclusive education. Students on the programme will also be offered the opportunity to study professional practice in SEN or management in SEN, thereby meeting the requirements for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators and inclusion managers. The programme includes a double-weighted core dissertation module on which students will learn research approaches appropriate to the field of SEN and undertake an independent research project.


  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Educational Approaches

  • Critical Approaches to Inclusive Education

  • Exploring Behaviour: theories and perspectives for practice

  • Management in SEN

  • Professional Practice in SEN

  • SEN Research Methodologies and Dissertation

  • Supporting Pupils with Literacy Difficulties.

English Language Requirements


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.

Requirements for Special Educational Needs

Entry requirements are flexible to allow for credit to be given to work based learning through AEL (Accreditation of Experiential Learning).

Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent: e.g. certificate of education; higher level professional training in SEN with demonstrable parity in experience), minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required.

International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Work Experience for Special Educational Needs

No work experience is required.

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