Postgraduate course

Special Educational Needs & Inclusion MA

Explore concepts surrounding national policies and practices so that you can make a real difference in the lives of young people with SEN/D.

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The UK is in need of highly skilled practitioners with knowledge of issues relating to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D). This programme equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be one of these much needed practitioners.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Education

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

Whatever your current role within educational practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to build your knowledge of theoretical frameworks by studying an exciting range of innovative modules.

This is a flexible programme, and you can tailor your learning to your own individual context and background. For example, the programme provides a clear progression for SEN-coordinators (SENCOs) who may have previously completed a Postgraduate Certificate Award.

Through experiential enquiry, research and scholarship you will learn about historical and contemporary theoretical frameworks surrounding SEN/D. You will also develop the research skills needed for analysis and appraisal of SEN/D provision.

There are three compulsory 30 credit modules and one compulsory 60 credit module, as well a 60 credit dissertation. Part-time students will study one module per term in the first year, one module in the first term of second year and undertake their dissertation throughout the second year. Full-time students will study two modules during each of the first two terms and the compulsory 60 credit dissertation will span the whole year.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Leading and evaluating change in the SEN context (30 credits)
  • Conducting inclusive research (30 credits)
  • Innovative practice for young people with special educational needs (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Transitions across the life course (30 credits)
  • Evaluating inclusion (30 credits)
  • Global perspectives on education (30 credits)
  • Critical contemporary issues in education in a national context (30 credits)
  • Local independent study/project (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The learning and teaching strategies include lectures, masterclasses given by visiting professors and speakers, tutorials, seminars, workshops and e-learning activities via our virtual learning environment (VLE). There will be particular emphasis on engagement in individual and group enquiry to develop skills in critical questioning, creative thinking and problem-solving.

Delivery
Delivery is structured to include two weekends each semester and some evening teaching for full-time students.

Self-study time
Outside of taught sessions, you are encouraged to undertake further study which may include reading journal articles, engaging in online discussions, and preparing for assessments.

Assessment methods
Our assessments have been externally commended for being innovative yet rigorous, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our students.

On some modules you will be able to negotiate the assessment type so that it aligns to your interests and needs. For example, you could choose to write a funding bid, a proposal for a small-scale investigation, a report or another agreed assessment type.

Your final study is your dissertation or major project. This offers you the chance to further study a topic of particular interest and importance to you.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

You may apply if you have an honours degree in an appropriate discipline. You will be accepted onto the programme following a satisfactory interview, references and evidence of qualifications.

If you don’t have these academic qualifications you may qualify for entry based on other equivalent relevant qualifications or experience. International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate that they possess sufficient competence in written and spoken English to succeed in the programme of study. This will normally be demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in each section.

If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.

If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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