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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Special Education (General) Integrated Education (General) Educational Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It will give students the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence, theory and practice, and help them to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to professional policy and practice.

About this degree

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  • contribute to contemporary international and national debate in the field of special education and inclusion, and disability studies
  • produce and communicate evidence-informed, reasoned arguments in writing and orally
  • demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can inform an understanding of issues and practice
  • carry out a focused special and inclusive education inquiry into educational practice
  • enhance professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness

Teaching and learning

The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions, small group and one-to-one tutorials, and computer lab classes. Compulsory and optional modules are assessed by a range of assessment strategies including presentations and 4,000-4,500 word written assignments; students may choose from a range of assignment titles. In addition, students may choose to write either a report (6,000-7,000 words) or a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as managers in mainstream and special schools and other educational settings, while others support those with special educational needs and disabilities directly. Graduates can also be found working as staff in specialist services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module reflects on the implications of recent, current and relevant legislation in the UK and elsewhere on policy and practice in schools, colleges and other education-related settings. It includes critical analysis of the terminology of ;special educational needs ;, ;inclusion ;, ;exclusion ; and ;labelling ; and sets UK special education policy and provision into a wider international context. The focus is to relate participants ; own professional experience to a range of diverse theoretical models and use knowledge, understanding, awareness and insights gained to generate own hypotheses and propose own ;solutions ; to issues relevant to the field of special and inclusive education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants will also normally have some related professional experience.