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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.


Full-time students will study three 20 credit modules each term, with sessions taught either during the day or in the evening.

Part-time students’ sessions will take place during the evening.

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.

Core modules

  • Critical Issues 
  • Research Methods 
  • Perspectives on Special Needs and Inclusion 

Optional Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Special Needs and Inclusion 
  • International Perspectives in Special Needs and Inclusion 
  • The Psychology of Special Needs 
  • Multi-professional Working 
  • Inclusive and Assistive Technology 
  • Negotiated Project 
  • Autism: Perspectives and Inclusion

These options are an indication of those you may study. Optional modules are subject to availability.

Following the successful completion of the 3 core modules and 3 optional 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.

Typical contact hours per week

21.5 hours for each 20 credit module; 64.5 for the Dissertation 60 credit module. This is 193.5 in total across the programme


Following the successful completion of your MA Special Needs and Inclusion, you may wish to continue onto a doctorate in this area.

Past students have gone into career areas such as SENCO/Inclusion Management, Outdoor Learning, health, social care, criminal justice, voluntary sector, and businesses providing specialist SEN services.


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


Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

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




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