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Special Educational Needs, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
MA Special Educational Needs at University of Leeds is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for teachers and associated professionals that wish to deepen their understanding of effective educational practice for pupils with special educational needs.


This programme is mainly aimed at qualified teachers who want to gain a deeper knowledge of special educational needs (SEN) to develop effective teaching and learning strategies.

You’ll choose whether to focus on SEN issues in England or internationally. This means you’ll either study topics like inter-agency working under Every Child Matters, or how SEN provision compares between different countries. Then you’ll expand on this knowledge when you choose from optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics that interest you or are relevant to your career.

You could study developmental disorders, inclusive provision and more – and you’ll benefit from sharing the ideas and experiences of teachers from around the world as well as the local area. This programme will give you an understanding of the latest concepts approaches to effective, inclusive approaches, while equipping you with the skills to analyse the evidence that informs them.

Programme Structure

From the start of the programme you’ll build your understanding of the context of SEN education. You’ll complete one core module, allowing you to focus on SEN provision within England and worldwide, considering issues such as inclusive education, how schools and local authorities interpret national education policy or the ways in which SEN provision differs between countries.This lays the foundations for the rest of your studies, which will allow you to choose from a range of optional modules. You could focus on developmental disorders, teaching strategies for children with different needs.Throughout the year, you’ll develop sophisticated skills in research and analysis that you’ll apply to your critical study – an independent piece of research you’ll submit by the end of the programme, on a topic of your choice which may be related to the needs and priorities of your school.If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules
  • Critical Study
  • Special Educational Needs: Principles and Practice
  • Special Educational Needs: International Perspective
Optional modules
  • Directed Study in Education 1
  • The Context of Deaf Education
  • Co-ordinating Inclusive Provision II
  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Disorders in the Early Years
  • Teaching Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Special Needs Coordination 2a
  • Special Needs Coordination 2b

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We generally advise you to apply before the end of July. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification and, normally, at least three years’ relevant professional experience.
  • We may consider applicants with alternative experience on an individual basis.
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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