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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Special Education (General) Integrated Education (General)

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.

By the end of the programme, students should be able to: contribute to contemporary debate in the field of special education and inclusion & disability studies; produce and communicate reasoned and informed argument, both in writing and orally; demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can be used in contracting an understanding of issues and practice; carry out a focused inquiry into educational practice related to special and inclusive education; improve professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness. Students can do flexible study up to 5 years.

The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions, small group one-to-one tutorials, and computer lab classes. Compulsory and optional modules are assessed by range of assessment strategies including presentations and a 4,000-5,000 word written assignment; students may choose from a range of assessment 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 (SEN) and disabilities directly. Graduates can also be found working as staff in specialist services for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities.

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module aims to explore the relationship between concepts of special educational needs, inclusive education and the organisation of special provision, with particular reference to the curriculum and the wider social context; develop a critical perspective on issues and debates in policy, curriculum planning and pedagogy; reflect on the influence of context upon definitions of special need and priorities in curriculum planning and practice.

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

Students should have 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.