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Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness)

6810 GBP/year
3540 GBP/year
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This distance learning Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from University of Birmingham supports professionals, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired) and for teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent can lead to a the MQ in deafblindness.


The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from University of Birmingham is the only nationally recruiting course leading to the DfE recognised Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment. 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.

This distance learning programme will enable qualified teachers and others working in education related fields to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). While many students on the MSI course are practising teachers working with children, others are from further education, social services, paramedical or medical specialisms, or residential work. 

For both the MEd and PGDip Manadatory qualification you will need to complete modules 1-5. For the MEd you will also need to complete the ‘Research Methods’ Module which will prepare you for the completion of the dissertation, whilst for the PGDip plus Mandatory qualification  you will need to complete a teaching placement.


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

Courses 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

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • MEd: a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience
  • PGDip: a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6810 GBP/year
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  • National

    3540 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3540 GBP per year


Mandatory qualification

  • PGDip £3,540

Non mandatory qualification

  • MEd £3,540


Non mandatory qualification

  • MEd £6,810


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