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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full Time: 12 months | Part-time: currently up to 63 months

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 March 2019

Gain a detailed understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils, explore different educational providers, and examine current research and legislation on this flexible master's.

This pathway is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of busy professionals and to reflect your own interests. At the Institute of Education we recognise the uniqueness of every student and we address our teaching to suit your individual needs.

You will reflect on and examine individual difference, and explore ways to meet that difference through appropriate educational provision. Up to date research and current legislation will deepen your theoretical and practical knowledge of different types of disabilities and the ways to meet the needs of these groups of pupils.

This master's course provides an excellent foundation to doctoral studies in Education or for our successful part-time Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

You tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course, and you will benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.


The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including:

  • modern laboratories
  • musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
  • well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.
  • Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space to relax in.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.


The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.

To apply for this pathway, please submit an application for the MA Education and confirm your choice of pathway in your Statement of Purpose.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Values and Practices in Education: an overview of key philosophical, social, cultural and political debates about education
  • Investigating Education: provides both theoretical and practical knowledge to support educational research and enquiry.
  • Child Development: covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and this may impact on education.
  • Learners with special educational needs: explores some of the key disabilities found in educational settings and the historical context and current approaches to supporting students with additional learning needs. Child Development: covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and this may impact on education.
  • Supporting students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: covers the nature of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the ways the education system may make provision for students to ensure effective learning.

Please see our module guide for module guide for more information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our master's and professional programmes have enabled many students to gain a promotion within their institutions.

This MA Education in Inclusive Education has provided students with an excellent foundation to doctoral studies in Education or for our successful part-time Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Visit the Education (Inclusive Education) MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!