Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must have: a relevant or related 1st degree and some relevant experience with children or young people with SEN. an enhanced DBS/police check if applying for the PG Dip and MA. A small additional fee will be necessary, in addition to the standard fees demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. (see 'English Language Requirements' below). There is only one intake per year at the beginning of the Academic Year (September/ October).

Months of entry


Course content

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a newly developed programme which will appeal to prospective students from a wide range of backgrounds such as teachers, lecturers, parents, SEN Coordinators, speech/language therapists, NHS staff, psychologists and other related professionals.

Course content reflects upon generic and current SEND issues and the needs of children with SEND such as cognitive impairment, behavioural needs, sensory and physical impairment, speech, language and communication needs.

You will also gain practical experience of special educational needs and disabilities in UK schools and settings through a practice-based research module.

Awards available on the SEND programme
PG Cert – 3 modules
PGDip – 6 modules
MA – 6 modules plus a 15,000 word dissertation

xplore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page

Fees and funding

UK students
MA: £6,570 FT / PGDip: £4,380 FT / PGCert: £2,190 FT
International students
MA: £14,850 FT / PGDip: £9,900 FT / PGCert: £4,950 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
8 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005