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Inclusive Education (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

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).
Programme structure

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 or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the programme director
Dissertation (MSc)
Planning research
Research dissertation

Learning outcomes

The programme aims 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) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. social sciences degree, initial teacher education. Equivalent academic qualifications and significant professional training and experience may be considered.

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