Being a part of the master’s course in Special Needs and Inclusion has been illuminating to say the least! From the lectures I have grown my knowledge and more than ready to move onto to work, or even take on a PhD. The lecturers are welcoming, knowledgeable (seriously I could listen to them talk about their research for days on end) and empathetic and by attending this course I not only leave with a greater understanding of my field, I leave with friends that I will stay in touch with once university is over.

Special Needs and Inclusion student

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1 year


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Our taught Master's in Special Needs and Inclusion will help you gain the necessary understanding, from a theoretical point of view, to become a more effective practitioner in the whole-of-life, special needs sector. The course is delivered through a selection of focussed taught modules alongside essays, reports, case studies and finally, a dissertation on your particular area of interest. Teaching is delivered by a passionate team who are personally invested in the subject, and supported by a strong postgraduate community of peers.

The MA Special Needs and Inclusion is a distinct course designed for international and UK students. This course meets the growing need for professionals to have the skills and theoretical understanding necessary to work in different fields and across the life span.

Entry requirements

A degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Honours degree or equivalent

How you’ll learn

You will study study three core and three optional modules as well as completing your dissertation.

You will study three core modules in your first year and three optional modules in the second year as well as completing you dissertation. Sessions are designed to fit around a typical working day and take place during the evening.

You will be encouraged and supported to work collaboratively with fellow students, and to explore your individual interests. Blended learning materials are available to support you.

Whether full- or part-time, to achieve the MA Special Needs and Inclusion award you'll need to complete all three core (compulsory) modules and three optional modules, plus a dissertation.

Core modules

  • Critical Issues 
  • Research Methods 
  • Perspectives on Special Needs and Inclusion. 

You will take three optional modules. Available modules may include: 

  • The Psychology of Special Needs 
  • Inclusive and Assistive Technology 
  • Negotiated Project 
  • Autism: Perspectives and Inclusion.

(These options are an indication of those you may study. Optional modules are subject to availability.)

Following the successful completion of your modules you'll carry on to complete a dissertation. This is your own particular research into a topic of interest to you, identified in conjunction with your tutor.

Students on the MA come from a range of professional background as well as directly from undergraduate courses. One of the key things that students say is how much the course challenges thinking and deepens knowledge that can be used in current or future careers. We support you in gaining a reflective and critical understanding of the issues and challenges within this field of study, which includes consideration of your own experience and viewpoint.

Pauline ElwellProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

A variety of assessment methods, including essays, reports, case studies presentations and professional discussions are used during the course. 

Your future career

After the successful completion of the course, you may wish to continue onto a doctorate in this area.

Past students have gone into career areas such as SENCO/Inclusion Management, outdoor learning, health, social care, criminal justice, voluntary sector, and businesses providing specialist special educational needs services.


Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time £4,080 N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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