The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It will give students the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence, theory and practice, and help them to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to professional policy and practice.
By the end of the programme, students should be able to:
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) or three optional modules (90 credits) and a research report (30 credits).
In addition to the two core modules students take at least one module from the following:
Students choose either one or two further options from the list above or, subject to the Programme Leader's approval, from elsewhere at the UCL Institute of Education.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation or 6,000 to 7,000-word report.
Teaching and learning
The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions, small group one-to-one tutorials, and computer lab classes. Compulsory and optional modules are assessed by a range of assessment strategies including presentations and a 4,000-5,000 word written assignment; students may choose from a range of assessment titles. In addition, students may choose to write either a report (6,000-7,000 words) or a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).
NB: This MA is not a teacher training programme and does not aim to train students via school-based training and teaching placements.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Special and Inclusive Education MA
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as managers in mainstream and special schools and other educational settings, while others support those with special educational needs and disabilities directly. Graduates can also be found working as staff in specialist services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
This programme provides students with the opportunity to study in one of the country's leading specialist departments in special educational needs and disability, and educational psychology, working with internationally recognised tutors who have published widely in the areas of special education, inclusion and disability studies, and who contribute to Master's and doctoral programmes worldwide.
The programme team is committed to creating an intellectually challenging context in which students are encouraged to discuss practical knowledge, experience and ideas in order to extend their understanding of special and inclusive education.
This programme attracts students with rich and varied professional and personal experience, both nationally and internationally, and fellow students provide a valuable networking resource.
Achievement for All and UCL Institute of Education are working in collaboration to deliver an international leadership Master's in inclusive education. The programme focuses on international, national and local policy and practice relating to improving the achievement, access and aspirations of vulnerable young people including children with special educational needs, disability and other additional needs.
Students will learn to critically debate challenges of leadership and inclusion within global educational settings; application of frameworks to an understanding of international professional policy and practice; to produce and communicate analytical and critical argument, both in writing and orally, informed by the international academic and professional literature; to enhance evidence-based professional practice through greater knowledge, understanding and awareness
capacity for self-reflection; independence of thought.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits
The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
There are no optional modules on this programme
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words (60 credits).
Each module is delivered over one intensive week through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is by essays, posters and the dissertation/report.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: International Leadership in Inclusive Education MA
Career options are likely to include middle and senior positions in schools, colleges, local advisory services and other educational settings.
Students learn to lead and manage staff to develop an inclusive school drawing on evidence from a range of international contexts. They will enhance their ability to make reasoned and informed arguments both in writing and orally, based on evidence-based professional practice, and reflect on their own practice to instigate change with reference to key issues and concepts of SEN, disability awareness and leadership within a variety of educational contexts.
This is a cutting-edge international programme within a first-class university. It delivers an opportunity to learn from ongoing research in this field, exploring critically the values and practices of leadership and inclusive education internationally.
You will be able to connect academic learning with workplace practice. You will visit an outstanding school for children with special educational needs - an opportunity to study practices in a UK setting, and compare with challenges faced here and in your own country.
You will have the opportunity to engage in practitioner-based research related to your own educational practice, informed by international perspectives and be part of an ongoing professional learning community.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Psychology & Human Development
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. You will study particular approaches to removing barriers to learning and including all children.
The programme has specific pathways for Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners), Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners) and Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners).
You will choose three option courses from this range:
The programme aims to:
Suiting newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners alike, this programme provides a qualification that can open doors to a new career in inclusive and special education, or an advanced role in the field.
It can also provide the foundations for a career in policy formation and development, as well as a broad range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.