M.Sc. Inclusive & Special Education

The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A career in inclusive and special education requires highly specific skills. Whether your interest is as a practitioner, or in the area of policy or training, this programme offers those skills and the opportunity to develop them in one of the world’s leading environments for inclusive and special education training. You may already be working in the field and would like to take your skills to an advanced level. Alternatively, you could be a qualified teacher looking to enter this rewarding area through further training. Either way, you will gain the very specific knowledge you need to succeed, and learn how to apply it in relevant contexts.

Description of Inclusive & Special Education


You will develop extended skills in research and enquiry, and build confidence in engaging with policymakers and other professionals in the course of providing effective education services to those with additional support needs.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

You will complete three additional support needs compulsory courses and three optional courses (including options from other Schools in the University). Some courses may be completed through blended learning, a flexible delivery method that combines on-campus attendance with online learning.

On completion of these courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses:

  • Comparative Approaches to Inclusive and Special Education
  • Education for All (Additional Support for Learning)
  • Research Methods

Optional courses

Optional courses may include:

  • Bilingualism and Other Additional Support Needs
  • Deaf Studies
  • Collaborative Working in Children’s Services
  • Assessing Pupils/Students with Visual Impairment
  • Audiology and Audiometry
  • Inclusion of Children with Visual Impairment
  • Policy and Practice
  • Placement/Inclusion
  • Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia
  • The Developing Bilingual Learner
  • Issues and Strategies for Teaching and Learning (Visual Impairment)
  • Supporting Pupils in Groups
  • Supporting Individual Pupils
  • Promoting Achievement and Curriculum Access for Bilingual and/or Deaf Learners

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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 Inclusive & Special Education

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline is normally required.

Work Experience for Inclusive & Special Education

No work experience is required.

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