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Special Educational Needs (MA)

Course Description

In a world of fast-paced medical advances and with survival rates on the increase, special educational needs and disabilities(SEND)are becoming increasingly complex to address. Our course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding for improving provision and engaging constructively and confidently with professionals and families of children and young people with SEND, 0-25 years.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/special-educational-needs

Studying with colleagues and experts from various professional disciplines, you’ll work closely with those who recognise the importance of ensuring quality of life and fulfilment of families’ aspirations for children and young people with SEND.

From exploring professionals’ duties and procedures within the wider societal and familial context, to the enhancement of intervention, communication and inter-personal skills, our course aims to strengthen and enrich your professional repertoire, and tackle the assumptions that it’s clear how to collaborate and maximise one another’s skills.

We believe that the full participation and empowerment of all stakeholders is key in shaping the direction of the lives of children and young people with SEND. Alongside gaining insights and a deeper understanding of perspectives and frameworks, you’ll work with verbal and non-verbal strategies to support collaboration and the intervention process for children and young people with SEND.

Specialist tutors from our respected professional training courses will bring knowledge and experiences from various disciplines. In addition to this, a week-long summer school will develop your inter-professional approaches and enhance your range of strategies while you enjoy the beautiful city of Cambridge.


Although our course is primarily aimed at those working with children and young people with SEN, it also addresses the urgent need to strengthen collaborative working. For newly-qualified professionals, our Masters degree will enhance your employability as a potential specialist for children with SEN and their families.

Where you go with our course is entirely up to you. SENCOs may wish to enhance their training and so gain a higher degree; likewise, other serving teachers and allied professionals could use it for personal and professional career advancement or perhaps a move to a related field. If you’re an international student, you may wish to use our approaches to strengthen and influence policy and provision within your home country, or possibly develop new structures and career opportunities.

Whatever your background and personal or professional agenda, and however far you wish to take your study, our course will prepare you with transferable knowledge, skills and understanding for engaging collaboratively to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable citizens and their families.

Modules & Assessment

Send and Disability in Context
Intervention for SEN and Disabilities
Exploring Boundaries and Practices for SEN and Disabilities
Investigating Education through Research
Postgraduate Major Project (double module)

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


Our course uses an imaginative range of approaches for you to demonstrate not only your developing knowledge and understanding of theoretical module content, but also your expanding skills from across disciplines for engaging and empowering professionals, families and children and young people with SEN themselves.

You’ll engage in collaborative assessments such as group presentations, alongside other methods like individual critical reflections and an extended evaluation of issues applied to your own unique context.

Our assignments have been designed to progress your learning, assessing your ability to communicate with clariyy both verbally and in written reports for a range of audiences. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an appropriate ability to meet academic conventions for Masters level study, with fluent and accurate Standard English and referencing.

Notes on modules for part-time students -

If you're studying our course part-time, you'll study the following modules in your first year:

• either The Interprofessional Context for SEN or Intervention for SEN
• Investigating Education through Research
• Exploring Boundaries and Practices for SEN.

In your second year you'll study:

• either Intervention for SEN or The Interprofessional Context for SEN
• Postgraduate Major Project.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Cambridge - Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Additional study information -

Throughout your time on our course, you’ll be encouraged to work in study groups from diverse backgrounds. This will not only aid opportunities for making informal professional visits but also will deepen your understanding of different perspectives.

The way our course is taught has been designed for you. If you need to study at a distance, you can make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

At the end of your first year of study, we offer a week-long summer school. You’ll be expected to attend this, and should plan accordingly when applying. If you’re an international student, we may be able to help with some of your logistical arrangements. For further advice, please speak with our International Admissions team on .

Our teaching sessions use specialist facilities and tutors from across a range of disciplines.

If you’re not in a regular work setting with access to children with SEN, you’ll be supported to find a voluntary placement, for example in a special school. This will require enhanced DBS clearance, which all students have to secure before starting this course.

Visit the Special Educational Needs (MA) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

We’re pleased to offer all our former UK/EU students the opportunity to save £1,000 on Masters or Research Degree fees. The Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship of £1,000 is available for all full and part-time Masters or Research Degrees starting in 2016/7*.Your postgraduate application will be automatically assessed for eligibility for the Alumni Scholarship. To apply, download the application form (below). When applying online for your course, upload your form with your other relevant documentation.If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.*The scholarship isn’t applicable to most distance learning courses or courses delivered in conjunction with collaborative partners. All applicants must have successfully completed their award with Anglia Ruskin University to be eligible for the Alumni Scholarship.The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Value of Scholarship(s)



All our former UK/EU students.
The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Application Procedure

If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first degree with honours at a minimum final classification of Upper Second (2:1). Applicants will need to have two or more of the following: A recognised professional qualification in Teaching Education Support, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, a creative therapy or Psychology; Evidence of sustained experience working in a professional or voluntary capacity with children and young adults with SEN-D and their families; Personal experience (for example through a family member) of the SEN-D context.

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