Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness), MEd/PgDip/PgdCert

Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness), MEd/PgDip/PgdCert

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This distance learning Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from University of Birmingham is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). 


It is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification in Deafblindness/Multi-sensory Impairment. While many students are practising teachers working with children, others are from further education, social services, paramedical or medical specialisms, or residential work. An alternative non mandatory (Non MQ) programme is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people who are deafblind who are not seeking the MQ. 

The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from the University of Birmingham University of Birmingham aims to provide an understanding of the effects and implications of dual sensory impairment on development, learning, and communication, through theoretical and practical work. It will include skills in assessment, monitoring and recording, a knowledge of teaching approaches and of support systems. 


Many of those who have completed the course continue to work with people with deafblindness (MSI) and some continue or progress to influential roles in specialist MSI units, or as advisory teachers for pupils who are deafblind. Others take key roles in such fields as managing further education for MSI learners or sensory impairment in an LEA or other setting, or go on to promoted posts in school or other management.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Multi-sensory impairment; Causes and Implications
  • Multi-sensory Impairment; Communication
  • Multi-sensory Impairment; Sensory impairment
  • Multi-sensory impairment; Education and provision
  • Special studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MEd: 3 years; PGDip: 2 years; BPhil; 2 years (Non MQ only); PGCert: 1 year; Ad Cert: 1 year

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • MEd:  a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience
  • BPhil/AdCert: Usually two years of higher education or equivalent and relevant experience
  • PGDip/PGCert: a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience

For the Mandatory qualification you will also need Qualified Teacher Status. Please note that for enrollment onto this course, Early Years Teaching Status does NOT count as qualified teacher status.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3450 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


  • PGDip £3,740
  • AdCert £3,798
  • BPhil £3,798
  • PGCert £3,348


  • AdCert £7,860
  • BPhil £7,860
  • PGCert £5,430
  • PGDip £5,430
  • Funding

    A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning.

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

    The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

    Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

    Request free information from University of Birmingham directly

    The fastest way to get answers from the university.