Taught course

Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

You will have a degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate 2:2 UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be considered.

Language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the ways practitioners generate knowledge across the field of inclusive education and disability. Reflect on your understanding of special educational needs (SEN). Examine alternative approaches to inclusion and diversity in education.

This masters degree focuses on the hidden voices in education. Rather than exploring a particular category of SEN, you’ll consider the critical issues for equality and diversity.

You’ll question the way we educate and look at alternative ways to encourage the inclusion of children and adults who are marginalised from typical ways of learning.

We emphasise the importance of understanding different perspectives and investigating where your position lies within current debates. We challenge you to rethink your ideas about education, to critique your views, and to think about the implications for policy and practice.

You’ll explore some of the wider questions related to theory, policy and practice in the field of inclusion, disability and SEN. Questions such as: How can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society? How should we understand the complexities of inclusive education in a rapidly changing world?

Typically, you’ll study three core units and two option units. These option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you’re passionate about, such as global policy or disability and difference.

Your final assignment is a dissertation and you’ll choose the topic based on your interests and experience.

Information for international students

International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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