Special Educational Needs and Inclusion MA

Key Facts

  • Level

    Master'smasters

    MA
  • Duration

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting

    January, September

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time:: £8,250
    Part Time:: £4,140 per 90 credits

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £16,995

  • Location

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusion programme is for those wishing to deepen their knowledge, practice and professional skills in the fields of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. The SEN masters programme equips you with skills for application in various professional contexts. The rich curriculum is a strength of our programme; content draws upon the most recent evidenced-based practices and policies for inclusion and issues of debate nationally and internationally.

The MA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion is made up of modules which help you to critically reflect on debates relating to inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts. You will be able to choose from a selection of optional modules so you can study what interests you most.

We also offer this special needs education course with our overseas partner in Thailand at Village International Education Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

Updated 30/05/2024

Highlights


  • The masters in special educational needs and inclusion has a highly experienced and supportive teaching team who have a variety of teaching and research experiences, locally, nationally and internationally, which are embedded into the learning experience.
  • Modules are relevant to those working, or have aspirations of working, in services or settings which support individuals with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
  • The Subject Area has a strong reputation for research in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. As a result, there are opportunities to pursue your research interests towards a PhD.

Course Content


  • This special educational needs masters course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG4 Quality Education.

    All of the modules are equivalent to 30 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points, apart from the Research Thesis (EDUM100) which is 60 CATS points and is compulsory if you are studying for the MA. This module includes taught aspects of research methods as well as an independent piece of research.

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • Applicants for the MA SEN degree will possess one of the following:

    • Good honours Degree of a UK University

    Or

    • Good honours Degree from a recognised University other than in the UK

    Or

    • QTS or equivalent. Applicants working in children’s services without QTS with an ordinary degree or Early Years Teacher Status or QTLS will be considered.

    Or

    • Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered.  In this case the applicants will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing: portfolio evidence of significant professional engagement in education or services for children at graduate equivalent level and/or a piece of written text. This portfolio sets out details of the relevant career pathway of the candidate, including a summary of their specific responsibilities relating to children & young people in schools or other settings.

    Or

    • Applicants who have achieved level 7 credits undertaken on a UK accredited initial teacher education programme will be eligible to join the MA SEN & Inclusion with a maximum of 60 credits if applicants are able to demonstrate that their level 7 credits focussed upon an SEN specialism and was achieved recently.

    Or

    • Applicants who have achieved level 7 credits on the Postgraduate Certificate Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination will be eligible to join the MA SEN & Inclusion with a maximum of 60 credits.

    For more information on how to make an application for the masters in special educational needs and inclusion, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent)
      with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5 for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the special educational needs masters relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,250
    • UK – Part Time: £4,140 per 90 credits year one and £4,140 year 2*
    • International – Full Time: £16,995

    *may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the special educational needs masters relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £4,005 per 90 credits year one and £4,005 year 2*
    • International – Full Time: £16,500

    *may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2024. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Master’s Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2024/25 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate Master’s loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years. Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan you must be studying the full 180 credits.

    Scholarships

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I learn on the special educational needs MA?

    All of the teaching for this SEN masters course is in small group format, such as seminars and workshops, enabling you to engage in discussion and debate. This course is taught as interactive sessions, with a focus on active engagement and discussion.

    You will also be able to attend research seminars, day courses and other university activities. Underpinning all of what we teach is the linking of theory and practice, allowing you to critically reflect on work-based issues, concerns and developments.

    What will my schedule look like?

    For this MA in special educational needs and inclusion, taught study is typically three hours per week, per module. Teaching on-campus tends to be in the evenings (5 – 8pm). We also recommend that you spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

    Students studying in Thailand will have block classes up to four days with additional online support and activities.

    The PG Certificate involves two 30 credits modules and typically takes one year.

    The PG Diploma involves four 30 credits modules and typically takes one year full-time or two years part-time.

    The MA will entail completing four 30 credits modules and the Research Thesis (EDUM100) and takes typically one year full-time or between two and four years part-time.

    How will I be assessed on the MA SEN?

    Our assessment procedures are flexible and work around your personal interests and professional workloads. Assessment is usually in the form of essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, reports and research projects.

Staff


Una Lodge, Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)
Una Lodge

Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)


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Brenna Farrow, Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)
Brenna Farrow

Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)


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Nicola Preston, Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)
Nicola Preston

Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN and Inclusion)


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Careers and Employability


If you are already working in the field of SEN, disabilities and Inclusion then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this SEN MA programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will also be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. If you want to pursue further postgraduate research there is also the possibility of studying for a PhD.