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MA Inclusive Special Education

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Bognor Regis campus

Typically studied part-time over three years

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • An?honours?degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline
  • Relevant employment or?experience - The MA will enable experienced professionals to develop as reflective practitioners through debates relating to the education of children and young people with SEND in the workplace. Our applicants will normally?work in an education or related sector.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.


  • 2021/22?UK Fee: £810?per 30 credit module
  • (Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)
  • University?of?Chichester?alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.
  • For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
  • For further details about international scholarships,?please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

MA Inclusive Special Education
I've realised how much SEN experience I have and yet the field of study continues to grab me and make me want to learn more. It is quite contagious!

It has given me greater insight and ability to look at the individual and families' background and recognise factors which may influence their thoughts and attitudes.

Course content


8th out of 80 institutions?for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

The MA Inclusive Special Education gives you an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and critical appreciation of the concepts, approaches and issues related to the education of children and young adults who have a special educational need and/or a disability.

This course starts in September.

Why study this degree?

The programme has a strong emphasis on appraising SEND policies and practices, promoting the rights and advocacy of the person with SEND and challenging issues of equity and inclusion. Undertaking research within your own workplace, will enable you to develop your skills in making links between theory and practice and enhance your knowledge in a specialist academic field.?

Core modules (30 credits) include:

  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Exploring Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Engaging Learners with Complex Needs
  • Autism Education: Theory & Practice
  • Autism Education:? Advances in Teaching & Learning

or you may be interested in studying the

See Indicative Modules below for more information about the module content.

Course start date

This course starts in September.?

Learn more

For further details you can check out our course leaflet or?contact Sharon Robinson,?Administrator at? complete the Application Form and return to us.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone?(SIZ) to help with any enquiries?while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Visit us

There's plenty of ways to see the campus, even from your own home! Take a look around at our facilities?through?our Virtual Tour.

Where this can take you

Further study

Having completed your MA, you may be interested in our doctoral programme.?

Indicative modules

There will be two modules in each academic year and you will be able to begin the Dissertation in Semester 1 starting in the September.? While the course content in each module will cover a range of topics you will be encouraged and supported to develop your research in your specific area of interest in SEND and inclusive practice.

Disability Studies in Education (30 Credits)

In this module students will critically evaluate the historical and current discourses on disability and special education needs.? Through relevant literature and group debate we will explore the interrelationships between education policy, political frameworks and ideological perspectives on SEND and inclusive practice in our educational settings.? Students will be encouraged to think critically about disability rights and equality of opportunity in the context of marginalised and vulnerable pupils.? The aim of this module is to enable participants to engage professionally as agents of change in educational practices for pupils with SEND in their workplace.? The assessment for this module is a review of literature that critically debates how children and young adults with special educational needs and disability have been positioned by social and historical policies, political frameworks and educational practices that impact on their learning achievement.

Communication and Interaction (30 Credits)

This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) experienced by children and young adults, including; dyslexia, autism; specific language difficulties, selective mutism; sensory impairments; multilingual learners with SEND and those using augmented and alternative communication systems. You will critically examine the latest research and legislation on the education of children and young adults who have a speech, language, communication needs and evaluate the range of educational and therapeutic interventions that are currently being used in schools and settings. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the links between research and educational practice by undertaking a case study in your workplace.

Exploring Inclusive Pedagogy (30 Credits)

The aim of this module is to critically examine the concepts of inclusion in education and how special educational needs and disability is positioned within different establishments and phases of education. You will debate the social and educational implications for different types of inclusive provision and critically examine policies and practices that promote partnership with families and multiagency collaboration. Other topics will include teachers and TA/LSAs working together; partnership with parents; evaluating educational and therapeutic interventions; personalising learning; equality and diversity; the role of the SENCO and inclusive leadership; transitions from Early Years through to FE; SEND legislation and the political agenda. You will undertake an action research project to inform and change inclusive practices to promote school improvement.

Engaging Learners with Complex Needs (30 CREDITS)

In this module you will develop your knowledge of a range of complex medical, developmental and psychological difficulties and how they impact learning and development in children and young adults. You will critically examine educational and psychological theories; neuroscience and learning; complex medical needs; multisensory teaching for pupils with complex needs; mental health in children and young adults; foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; attachment needs in children and young adults; the legal and ethical frameworks for safeguarding children; the role of specialist and alternative provision, and? multi-agency collaboration. For the assessment in this module you will critically evaluate teaching and learning strategies and alternative provision that supports pupils’ access to the curriculum through an observational study and an evaluation study.

Autism Education: Theory and Practice (30 Credits)*

This module has been designed for students who wish to gain accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum.?Through critical debate, theory and research the module aims to explore current understanding about the nature of autism and the spectrum of associated disorders and critically evaluate how this has been applied to educational provision and practices. The module will have a strong focus on current debates and research relevant to: an overview of the historical concept of autism; the neurobiology of autism; learning and development; neurodiversity, difference or deficit?; autism in girls; autism and ethnicity; sensory integration; empathy and anxiety; family response to diagnosis; an introduction to research methodologies and critical writing skills. The module will encourage students to gain insights into the diversity of autistic people’s experiences and will be led by experts with personal, practitioner and academic experience of autism.? Students will have an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills by relating their professional experience and the assignments to their workplace practice.

Autism Education: Advances in Teaching and Learning (30 Credits)*

This module explores current understanding about teaching pupils and adults on the autism spectrum across the age range (0 – 25 years) and evaluates approaches to teaching and learning that promote inclusive practice. Topics will include: developing communication through play and the creative arts; creating inclusive classrooms; working together with parent carers; personalising learning; enabling the pupil/adult voice; the ethics of autism treatments and interventions; assessing progress and achievement; therapeutic interventions; transition planning;? planning and implementing research in the workplace and leading practice for change. The module will encourage students to develop their knowledge and skills by related their professional experience and the assignments to their workplace practice and gain insights into the diversity of individual’s experiences in different educational settings.

*Completing the two Autism Education modules will enable you to gain accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum with a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Education (60 Credits).? If you are a part of a?teaching school alliance or a multi-academy trust wanting to focus on Autism Education as a specific initiative or area of development, we will be happy to discuss this with you. You will be able to start this Award in September, Semester 1 of the academic year with Autism Education: Theory and Practice.?

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation module represents the culmination of your study for the MA Inclusive Special Education degree and can be undertaken when you have gained 120 Masters credits. You will design and carry out a medium scale research project of your choice which critically evaluates an aspect of inclusive practice for enquiry, development and dissemination within the wider context of educational concerns. The aim is to further develop your expertise as a confident and effective researcher in your chosen topic and contribute this knowledge to the wider professional community. You will achieve this through a critical review of the research including international research and professional literature around a chosen area of practitioner inquiry to inform your understanding of how to select relevant data and provide justification for the methods used. This will culminate in a greater understanding of the approaches and techniques for writing and disseminating work of publishable quality.?This Award will begin in Semester 1, September of the Academic Year.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


The course?is based at the?Bognor?Regis Campus. Taught sessions will take place on alternate?Tuesday evenings and one Saturday in each semester.

The MA Inclusive Special Education can normally be completed in three?years on a part-time basis?as follows: two years (four semesters) with one module per semester, plus a further year (two semesters) for the Dissertation. Take a look at our semester dates.


Assessments equate to 6,000 words for each 30 credit module. Each module has a distinct criteria for each assessment based on the modules core content. You will be encouraged to complete assignments that are linked to your workplace practice and personal interest. Assessed work? typically includes oral presentations,? case studies, observational studies, literature reviews and action research.

Meet our experts:

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.?

Additional Costs

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How to Apply

To apply for this course, you'll need to?download our application form, complete and send to our Admissions Team:

Admissions Office

University of Chichester

College Lane


PO19 6PE

Unable to print an application form? Contact our Admissions team.?

Contact us

Sharon Robinson
Tel: 01243 812045


Carys Wreyford
Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Education


Josie Maitland