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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time, 2-6 years part-time; PgDip: 1-4 years part-time; PgCert: 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Programme description

The MSc Inclusive Education has been designed for graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in education. Our distinctive approach presents a re-imagined future for learners and teachers, where responding to human diversity is recognised as the point, not the problem, of 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 offers a number of exit routes, including Postgraduate Diploma specialist pathways designed primarily for people who are teaching or who want to teach in these specialist areas:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners)

Programme structure

You will be taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars, problem-based learning activities, debates and peer group learning.

Compulsory courses:

  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

Option courses:

You will choose three option courses from this range:

  • Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
  • Collaborative working in children's services
  • Education for all
  • Teachers as agents of change
  • Foundations of international child protection
  • Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (VI)
  • Inclusion of pupils with visual impairment
  • Cerebral VI and profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Audiology and audiometry
  • Language and communication (deaf children)
  • The developing bilingual learner
  • Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia
  • Assessing pupils with visual impairment
  • Bilingualism and other additional support needs
  • Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
  • Specific learning difficulties: co-occurring difficulties
  • Deaf Studies
  • An option course worth up to 40 credits from within the School of Education or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the Programme Director

Dissertation (MSc):

  • Research dissertation

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place.
  • Reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice and explore issues in the implementation of educational and social principles and ideals.
  • Engage with and where appropriate influence policy issues and the practice of professionals in relation to the delivery of inclusive education.
  • Develop extended skills in research and enquiry, including the use of literature, reviewing evidence, gathering, organising and evaluating data, responding to evidence and providing critical comment.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the Inclusive Education (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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