This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.
Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.
Course modules (16/17)
Promoting Inclusive Practice
- Module code: SENM009
- Core module N
This module will consider the theoretical and philosophical origins of the inclusion movement. Students will have an opportunity to critically analyse research, review literature and practice which relates to national and international policies for the promotion of inclusive education systems. The module will address the practices deployed to develop inclusive education from UK and international perspectives.
Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching
- Module code: SENM028
- Core module N
The context for this module is the agenda for inclusion of students with specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia) in educational settings schools, and the provision of suitably designed learning experiences and specialist support to give them 'a level playing field' for academic success, with other learners.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Module code: SENM026
- Core module N
The module provides students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of those influences which impact upon the learning, development and management of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Module code: SENM001
- Core module N
This module provides opportunities for students to critically engage with a range of key issues underpinning an understanding of SEBD, to explore aspects of current policies and the contexts and orientations which inform them and to interrogate the efficacy of national, regional and settings-based responses to the challenges they present. The module’s primary focus is to enable students to critically consider how different theoretical perspectives influence the identification, inclusion and teaching/support of learners experiencing SEBD.
Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2
- Module code: SENM015 and SENM004
- Core module N
This module aims to increase understanding and awareness of the aetiology and implications of pupils with SLD/PMLD. It will enable teachers to develop a range of teaching and management approaches for working with pupils with SLD/PMLD. It will facilitate students to develop an understanding of local, regional and national issues in the education of pupils with SLD/PMLD.
Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
- Module code: SENM019
- Core module N
The module provides students with an opportunity to gain a systematic and comprehensive understanding of those influences which impact upon the learning, development and management of pupils with a wide range of diverse needs. This will be set within a wider perspective of Inclusion and Diversity including historical and legislative dimensions.
Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Modules will be taught across three semesters per year through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.
Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.
PG Certificate- one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma- one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.
The programme has September and January in-takes for home students and September in-take only for international students.
Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.
Facilities and Special Features
Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling students to access e-books and electronic journals from home.
If you are already working in the field of SEN, disabilities and Inclusion then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this 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 be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. For those who want to pursue further post-graduate research there is also a possibility of studying for a PhD.
For students who do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.
How to apply
- An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent
- Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA in SEN and Inclusion if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field.
- Students who have achieved the National Award for SEN Coordination or the Level 7 OCR Diploma in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in the last five years can use their 60 credits towards the Master’s Degree.
- International students should be able to show that they have the required English proficiency (minimum 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent)
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,080 per 30 credit module|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*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.
If you have previously studied a PGCE and have APL modules you will not qualify for a loan from Student Finance England.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.