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MA Inclusive Special Education

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Entry Requirements and Fees


2020/21 UK fee: £750 per 30 credit module

(Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline
  • Relevant experience - The MA will enable experienced professionals to develop as reflective practitioners through debates relating to the education of children and young people with SEND in the workplace. Our applicants will normally have a good honours degree or equivalent, and work in an education or related sector.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Student view

MA Inclusive Special Education
I've realised how much SEN experience I have and yet the field of study continues to grab me and make me want to learn more. It is quite contagious!

It has given me greater insight and ability to look at the individual and families' background and recognise factors which may influence their thoughts and attitudes.

Course content

Course overview

The MA Inclusive Special Education gives you an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and critical appreciation of the concepts, approaches and issues related to the education of children and young adults who have a special educational need and/or a disability.

Why this degree?

The programme has a strong emphasis on appraising SEND policies and practices, promoting the rights and advocacy of the person with SEND and challenging issues of equity and inclusion. Undertaking research within your own workplace, will enable you to develop your skills in making links between theory and practice and enhance your knowledge in a specialist academic field. 

Core modules (30 credits) include:

  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Exploring Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Engaging Learners with Complex Needs

or you may be interested in studying the

  • PG Certificate: Autism Education (60 credits) and two core modules

See Indicative Modules below for more information about the module content

Learn more

For further details please contact:

Sharon Robinson, Administrator:

Diana Seach, Programme Coordinator:

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Support and Information Zone (SIZ)

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Our teaching spaces range from modern, purpose-built classrooms to a beautiful historic Grade I listed building so we can provide the learning experiences you need. We have collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement.

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

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Where this can take you

Further study

Having completed your MA, you may be interested in our doctoral programme. 

Indicative modules

There will be two modules in each academic year and you will be able to begin the Dissertation in either Semester 1 which starts in September or in Semester 2 which starts in February. While the course content in each module will cover a range of topics you will be encouraged and supported to develop your research in your specific area of interest in SEND and inclusive practice.


In this module students will critically evaluate the historical and current discourses on disability and special education needs.  Through relevant literature and group debate we will explore the interrelationships between education policy, political frameworks and ideological perspectives on SEND and inclusive practice in our educational settings.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about disability rights and equality of opportunity in the context of marginalised and vulnerable pupils.  The aim of this module is to enable participants to engage professionally as agents of change in educational practices for pupils with SEND in their workplace.  The assessment for this module is a review of literature that critically debates how children and young adults with special educational needs and disability have been positioned by social and historical policies, political frameworks and educational practices that impact on their learning achievement.


This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) experienced by children and young adults, including; dyslexia, autism; specific language difficulties, selective mutism; sensory impairments; multilingual learners with SEND and those using augmented and alternative communication systems. You will critically examine the latest research and legislation on the education of children and young adults who have a speech, language, communication needs and evaluate the range of educational and therapeutic interventions that are currently being used in schools and settings. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the links between research and educational practice by undertaking a case study in your workplace.


The aim of this module is to critically examine the concepts of inclusion in education and how special educational needs and disability is positioned within different establishments and phases of education. You will debate the social and educational implications for different types of inclusive provision and critically examine policies and practices that promote partnership with families and multiagency collaboration. Other topics will include teachers and TA/LSAs working together; partnership with parents; evaluating educational and therapeutic interventions; personalising learning; equality and diversity; the role of the SENCO and inclusive leadership; transitions from Early Years through to FE; SEND legislation and the political agenda. You will undertake an action research project to inform and change inclusive practices to promote school improvement.


In this module you will develop your knowledge of a range of complex medical, developmental and psychological difficulties and how they impact learning and development in children and young adults. You will critically examine educational and psychological theories; neuroscience and learning; complex medical needs; multisensory teaching for pupils with complex needs; mental health in children and young adults; foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; attachment needs in children and young adults; the legal and ethical frameworks for safeguarding children; the role of specialist and alternative provision, and  multi-agency collaboration. For the assessment in this module you will critically evaluate teaching and learning strategies and alternative provision that supports pupils’ access to the curriculum through an observational study and an evaluation study.


This module has been designed for students who wish to gain accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum.  Through critical debate, theory and research the module aims to explore current understanding about the nature of autism and the spectrum of associated disorders and critically evaluate how this has been applied to educational provision and practices. The module will have a strong focus on current debates and research relevant to: an overview of the historical concept of autism; the neurobiology of autism; learning and development; neurodiversity, difference or deficit?; autism in girls; autism and ethnicity; sensory integration; empathy and anxiety; family response to diagnosis; an introduction to research methodologies and critical writing skills. The module will encourage students to gain insights into the diversity of autistic people’s experiences and will be led by experts with personal, practitioner and academic experience of autism.  Students will have an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills by relating their professional experience and the assignments to their workplace practice.


This module explores current understanding about teaching pupils and adults on the autism spectrum across the age range (0 – 25 years) and evaluates approaches to teaching and learning that promote inclusive practice. Topics will include: developing communication through play and the creative arts; creating inclusive classrooms; working together with parent carers; personalising learning; enabling the pupil/adult voice; the ethics of autism treatments and interventions; assessing progress and achievement; therapeutic interventions; transition planning;  planning and implementing research in the workplace and leading practice for change. The module will encourage students to develop their knowledge and skills by related their professional experience and the assignments to their workplace practice and gain insights into the diversity of individual’s experiences in different educational settings.

*Completing the two Autism Education modules will enable you to gain accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum with a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Education (60 Credits).  If you are a part of a   teaching school alliance or a multi-academy trust wanting to focus on Autism Education as a specific initiative or area of development, we will be happy to discuss this with you.  

DISSERTATION (60 credits)

The Dissertation module represents the culmination of your study for the MA Inclusive Special Education degree and can be undertaken when you have gained 120 Masters credits. You will design and carry out a medium scale research project of your choice which critically evaluates an aspect of inclusive practice for enquiry, development and dissemination within the wider context of educational concerns. The aim is to further develop your expertise as a confident and effective researcher in your chosen topic and contribute this knowledge to the wider professional community. You will achieve this through a critical review of the research including international research and professional literature around a chosen area of practitioner inquiry to inform your understanding of how to select relevant data and provide justification for the methods used. This will culminate in a greater understanding of the approaches and techniques for writing and disseminating work of publishable quality.

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Teaching and assessment


The course is based at the Bognor Regis Campus. Taught sessions will take place on alternate Tuesday evenings and one Saturday in each semester.

The MA Inclusive Special Education can normally be completed in three years on a part-time basis as follows: two years (four semesters) with one module per semester, plus a further year (two semesters) for the Dissertation. Take a look at our semester dates.


Assessments equate to 6,000 words for each 30 credit module. Each module has a distinct criteria for each assessment based on the modules core content. You will be encouraged to complete assignments that are linked to your workplace practice and personal interest. Assessed work  typically includes oral presentations,  case studies, observational studies, literature reviews and action research.

Meet our experts:

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you. 

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Contact us

Diana Seach, Programme Coordinator

Tel: 01243 812178


Tel: 01243 812045