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Course summary

How can we best support learners who are struggling with learning? What are the complexities of inclusive education in a rapidly changing world? What are the rights of children to be included in schools? How do we address the current barriers to inclusivity? This flexible course examines the educational needs of children with labels of learning difficulties and disabilities. You’ll consider the importance of communication and literacy and analyse how different countries approach identification and assessments for children with special needs. You’ll graduate with the skills to be able to make a significant impact on the lives of children. It is designed for graduates, teachers or other professionals who have an interest in increasing their knowledge and skills in the field of special and inclusive education. If you have completed the National Award SEN Coordination, you can select modules from this course to advance to a full MA qualification.


The taught element of this course consists of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Assessment method

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word reflective essay, research design or literature-based debate, a presentation accompanied by a 1,000-word commentary or an individual education plan. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50% on each assignment. The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) or a relevant professional qualification in education, psychology, teacher training or a caring-related discipline. Applicants with a degree in any other discipline must have work experience. IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For fee information, see
Special and Inclusive Education MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS