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Full time | University of Bolton | 18 months | JAN

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Integrated Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Are you an experienced education practitioner with a particular interest in inclusive education? If so, this course aims to address your professional development needs and help you understand how to implement and support approaches that provide fair access to learning for all.

Course Details

Equality of opportunity in education is an important, but often overlooked or misunderstood, aspect of an educationalist’s responsibilities. Designing and delivering education that is accessible to learners with specific needs can transform the lives of those individuals. Inclusive education can fundamentally change the opportunities available to them in wider society, improve their life chances and benefit society as a whole. The need for highly trained, passionate and creative educationalists with expertise in this field has never been greater.

Aimed at existing education professionals, this contemporary and stimulating master’s degree provides opportunities to critically evaluate current national and international policies relating to equity, equality and inclusion. You’ll study the principles and theories that underpin best practice in inclusive education and consider the implications of this knowledge for your own practice.

We’ll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems, especially those surrounding diversity in a multicultural society. You’ll also have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem solving, autonomy and professional accountability.

Course Highlights:

  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers help to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • You can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.

Career Opportunities

Our MA Inclusive Education is ideal if you’re an education professional seeking to develop your professional career. Whether you work in a school, FE college or university, this master’s programme will help you to progress into leadership roles or develop leadership in the crucial area of inclusion.

A master’s programme at the University of Bolton will help you to demonstrate a range of key transferable skills, such as interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills (both oral and written), and the ability to work independently. You’ll learn how to explore educational research and demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can inform an understanding of issues and practice.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

This MA aims to accelerate promotion in the careers of professionals working in inclusion in schools and other settings. Depending on your prior experience and career history, you could seek positions such as Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year, Head of Inclusion or Assistant Head of Inclusion, Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. The course will also benefit social workers working with looked after children, and inclusion workers working with social services.


Policy and Curriculum Development
Critical Enquiry and Reflection
Inclusive Practice
Equality in 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

Tuition fee per year: £12,450 - £13,950 (estimated cost for International Students). Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally, you’ll have at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and appropriate work experience. An initial qualification in teaching, if this is not formally part of your first degree, is desirable and experience in the education sector is strongly advised because you’ll need to critically reflect on your experience and relate theory to practice.