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This programme addresses contemporary issues in inclusion/special education. If you are a policy maker, educator or teacher involved in inclusive education/special education at pre-school, school or tertiary level, this programme is designed to promote your understanding of the issues and practices relevant to this area.

Why this programme

  • Our research-informed courses will help you to think about practice and policy in the light of current educational thinking and enable you to consider how an inclusive/special education system might operate in schools and other educational institutions.
  • You will discuss recent theories related to many of the conditions and labels associated with special educational needs/additional support needs and have the opportunity to develop practice that takes account of these within an inclusive framework. In particular you can specialise in autism, behaviour, gifted and talented, dyslexia, English as an Additional Language and disability.
  • You can tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit to your interests and work. You will explore how effective learning and teaching can support the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030 (United Nations).
  • This programme has continued to attract both national and international students. Consistently rated as excellent by our students, this programme brings together students and researchers with an interest in inclusive/special education. The international community is seeking to develop inclusive, equitable and quality education for all by 2030. This programme offers you the opportunity to consider how this will be achieved. A highlight for both international and Scottish students is the opportunity to work together as they seek to support all learners.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, as well as complete a dissertation. The full programme can be studied over one year full-time. There are also flexible routes of study that allow teachers to progress towards a full masters on a part-time basis. Courses are delivered during the day, evening or at a distance to suit your needs.

Core courses

  • Introduction to educational and social research
  • Modern educational thought
  • The evolving concept of inclusion
  • The learner and the curriculum.

Optional courses may include

  • Developing literacy
  • Highly able learners
  • Identities, relationships and behaviours
  • Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme will support your career development as a class teacher, lecturer, policy developer, special education professional, head teacher, education administrator or researcher.


Visit the Inclusive Education: Research, Policy & Practice (MEd) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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