Taught course

Education (Inclusion and Special Educational Needs)

University of Birmingham Dubai · School of Education

Entry requirements

We recommend our applicants be working in an educational setting however those who are working in non-profit organisations or within governmental organisations associated with the support of persons with disabilities will benefit. To be considered by the University of Birmingham you will also need to meet our general entry requirements:

A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.
Two references, of which one must be academic (e.g. previous university tutor) and one professional, that confirms your current role in an educational setting and evidences your motivation and ability to study.
A Personal Statement (minimum 500 - 500 words) on your motivation for and commitment to wanting to complete this programme of study as well as information about your educational context.

Months of entry


Course content

Inclusion is part of a modern education system and as countries around the world adopt legislation that increases access for students with disabilities- there is a greater need for specialists and that is increasing every day.

This programme has been accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
University sponsorships are not available for part-time applicants. If you are a part-time applicant who requires visa sponsorship, please refer to our visa categories for further information.
The UAE is leading the region in inclusive initiatives from Expo 2020 to their schools. New education policies across the country have increased the need of schools and organizations to hire experts in disability, inclusion and special education needs. The University of Birmingham has always been a leading research and teaching institution in the area of disability, inclusion and special needs, now that expertise is available in Dubai.
Our part-time ISEN course is tailored for students wanting to practise in Dubai, but is flexible enough to give you an understanding of the global legislation. We will encourage you to be critical thinkers, considering disability in different contexts to give you a broad understanding of disability, culture and inclusion.
This flexible degree looks at disability in an international context, allowing you to personalise your learning, and practise your expertise anywhere in the world
We create advocates for inclusion and seek ways to break down barriers
We use multiple assessments that allow you to showcase your learning in a meaningful way, from school improvement plans to academic essays
You will study in a supportive international hub; we have had students from around the world including: India, Pakistan, Lebanon, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. This will enable you to discuss disability and schooling systems with colleagues from around the globe, creating a deeper understanding of the complexity of disability.
The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs course has been designed to supplement professionals already working in the field. In general, this includes teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, head teachers in schools, managers of community and charitable organisations (NGOs) or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
The PGCert in ISEN is a year-long part-time course taught at the MA level. This course is designed to provide the theoretical and practical underpinnings of disability, inclusion and special education provisions. Upon completion of the PGCert you can choose to continue towards your MA Education (Inclusion and Special

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English through the completion of an academic level IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve a score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 across all four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dubai Contacts