Education (Special Needs Education)

Birmingham City University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
800 GBP/module
Tuition fee
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If you need to get a good grounding in special educational needs, disability and inclusion at postgraduate level, this course will broaden and challenge your existing knowledge. Education (Special Needs Education) - MA is provided by Birmingham City University.


What's covered in the course?

Our course doesn’t aim to provide you with all the answers. Instead it will enable you to explore and develop new thinking and ultimately work towards expertise in your field. If you believe that pupils with special needs have untapped potential, and you want to help them explore this, then this is the course for you. Inclusive learning and teaching are at the heart of any good practice; these modules will help you explore this further and understand the important role of nurturing development in all pupils with special educational needs.

You do not need a teaching qualification to study on this course, nor do you have to intend becoming a teacher. We welcome anyone who wants to expand their understanding, knowledge and skill set in the changing world of special education and disability. 

You’ll have the opportunity to explore how the education system works for special needs and disability, how it all evolved and the challenges it poses for these pupils. You’ll broaden your knowledge on the range of conditions and their impact on learning and develop new teaching skills to help pupils overcome their day to day challenges. The focus of all modules will be critical thinking, challenging and developing your knowledge to enable you to become an expert in your field.Education (Special Needs Education) - MA is provided by Birmingham City University.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is delivered by qualified lecturer practitioners from NICE – Centre for Movement Disorders, making it a unique partnership merging theory and practice.

  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after their course (DLHE survey results 2014/15).

  • The course focuses on development of pupil potential and how to meet all needs to promote a more effective teaching/classroom environment.

  • You will develop new ways of thinking and new skills to enhance your impact on the development and learning of these special pupils.

  • You can use this course to put you at the forefront of professional practice in special education and more importantly explore new potential in your pupils.

  • This recognised qualification will help you to meet a variety of Continuing Professional Development requirements.

  • You can use evidence of previous study or relevant experience to claim Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Introduction to Master's-level study
  • Policy and Practice
  • The Transformative Special Needs Teacher
  • Dynamic Model of Supervision in Special Education
  • Master's-Level Research
  • Social Learning Theories and Application to Special Education

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will be considered at any time up until the course start date.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level.
  • All suitably-qualified candidates will normally be interviewed and selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study.
  • Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning, including credits gained on a PGCE course.
  • We welcome applications from mature students and from members of communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    800 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.

 per 20-credit module


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Education (Special Needs Education)
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