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The MA Special Needs and Inclusion is a distinct, multi-professional award designed for international and UK students. This course meets the growing need for professionals to have the skills and theoretical understanding necessary to work in different fields and across the life span.

Underpinned by a strong values base, it emphasises social justice and inclusive principles, whilst acknowledging and critiquing the many different perspectives in policy and practice.

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Full time students will study three 20 credit modules each term, with sessions taught either during the day, twilight or occasionally at weekends.

Part-time students’ sessions will take place during the evening and on one Saturday each term.

All students are encouraged and supported to work collaboratively and to explore their individual interests. Blended learning materials are available to support all students.


To achieve the MA Special Needs and Inclusion award you'll need to complete 3 core (compulsory) modules and 3 optional modules, plus a dissertation.

Some of the modules you could study:

• Critical Issues (Core)

• Research Methods (Core)

• Perspectives on Special Needs and Inclusion (Core)

• Contemporary Issues in Special Needs and Inclusion (Optional)

• International Perspectives in Special Needs and Inclusion (Optional)

• The Psychology of Special Needs (Optional)

• Multi-professional Working (Optional)

• Inclusive and Assistive Technology (Optional)

• Negotiated Project (Optional)

Following the successful completion of the 3 core modules and 3 other modules you'll carry on to complete a Dissertation. This is your own particular research into a topic of interest to you, identified in conjunction with your tutor.


A variety of assessment methods, including essays, reports, case studies, presentations and professional discussions.

What can I do next?

Following the successful completion of your MA Special Needs and Inclusion there is the opportunity to study a Doctorate in Education (SEN) of PhD.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link:

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.


Visit the MA Special Needs and Inclusion page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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