Taught course

Special Educational Needs

Liverpool Hope University · Education Faculty

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Special Educational Needs has been designed to meet and extend the interests and requirements of professionals in all kinds of educational contexts, from early years to post-compulsory settings. The provision of this MA recognises a growing interest in this aspect of educational provision and the Faculty’s commitment to work for educational equality and social justice.

The degree is distinctive in drawing on Disability Studies perspectives in order to interrogate the nature and origins of the Special Educational Needs discourse. This will enable you to take a critical stance on historical and current practise enabling you to challenge implicit and damaging assumptions about the nature of Special Educational Needs and the implications for learners.

The degree is informed by the application of a Critical Disability Studies theoretical framework enabling Liverpool Hope University to offer a distinctive and critical approach to the ways in which we conceptualise and practise ‘special’ education. As part of your study you will develop your own creative and critical response to the design of an appropriate research project. A significant consideration will be the necessity of engaging with the ethics of disability research.

Information for international students

Email: international@hope.ac.uk.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
+44 (0) 151 291 3111