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MA Inclusion (Special Educational Needs)

MA Inclusion (Special Educational Needs)

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


36 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Special Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary

On the MA Inclusion (Special Educational Needs) specialist pathway, you will develop the key skills and expertise required to meet the needs of those working directly or indirectly with children with disabilities.

On this specialist pathway you develop an overarching understanding of educational inclusion and SEND and associated policies. You will examine the frameworks for evaluating policies and practice and you will explore the socio-cultural conceptualisations of disability and SEND practice in a global context. You will also be introduced to different SEND groupings (as conceptualised in many educational systems). Through this degree, you will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and critiques of research, educational policy and practice and have the opportunity to investigate historical and cultural aspects of disability.

MA Inclusion

The MA Inclusion is a flexible, part-time distance learning course for those who want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with diverse needs. It has been designed for teachers and other educational and care professionals working in a range of national and international settings.

Our approach will enable you to investigate inclusive practice through multiple lenses and to embrace cultural, linguistic and developmental diversity. You will be able to choose module options from across an unrivalled range of provision in Inclusive Education within the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.


The MA Inclusion (Special Educational Needs) degree is designed to supplement professionals already working in the field, or those seeking a general introduction to topics within inclusion and special educational needs. In general, this includes teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, head teachers in schools, managers of community and charitable organisations, support workers in places such as a university or workplace disability service unit, social workers or nurses providing care for persons with disabilities, or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health, amongst other things.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for roles working with children and young people with special educational needs.

Students can also exit with PGCert award.


This module is primarily concerned with developing your understanding of how to evaluate the quality of related aspects of education and life for children with SEND such as policy, curriculum, organisational structures, and programme effectiveness. You will be supported to identify aspects upon which to reflect upon current and relevant developments in theory and practice. Specific topics for reflection will be identified related to current educational / SEND issues and will change from year to year, but, a current example would be to consider and critically analyse how educational settings are currently reflecting on your SEND provision in the light of the current governmental direction and changes. This module is also concerned with developing your understanding and critical appraisal of current literature related to evaluating practices, programme evaluation, and policy analysis; and underlying theory and concepts. It is intended that you will consider principles and practicalities related to policies, research, and provision that will improve standards for children with SEND, e.g.

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Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline. Vocational qualifications are accepted as criteria for entry to this course. Most students will have some relevant professional experience and all applicants are encouraged to gain relevant experience in educational, care or other professional settings before, and during, embarking on a programme of study.