This distance learning programme enables qualified teachers and others working in education related fields 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 programme 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.
Download a summary flier for the Multisensory Impairment programme (PDF, opens new window)
You may also be interested in our programmes on Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment
Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma
Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma
Multi-sensory impairment; Causes and Implications
The developmental implications of dual sensory impairment, approaches to assessment, and the range and complexity
of needs associated with deafblindness.
Multi-sensory Impairment; Communication
How communication develops, and how it develops differently in learners with deafblindness, assessment and promotion
of communication and language development, and responses to challenging behaviour
Multi-sensory Impairment; Sensory impairment
The process of sight and hearing, functional assessment and the interpretation of clinical assessment, the development of other senses, the use of assessment to inform teaching and adapt the learning environment
Multi-sensory impairment; Education and provision
Interdisciplinary work and work with families, a range of curricular approaches, the development of policy and provision,
and approaches from inside and outside the UK
An independent investigation on a topic relating to the education of deafblind learners, allowing students to develop their
investigative skills and reflect on their own practice
Mandatory Qualification (MQ)
Students on Mandatory Qualification (MQ) programmes, which are specialist qualifications for teachers with UK qualified teacher status, also complete an assessed teaching placement and a teaching placement file. Students progressing to MEd also complete a Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE) and a 15,000 word dissertation.
Fees Home/EU 2013-2014
Code 2810 BPhil £2,960
Code 2870 PGDip £2,720
Non mandatory qualification
Code 2750 AdCert £2,455
Code 7010 BPhil £2,455
Code 2832 PGCert £2,215
Code 7005 PGDip £2,215
Code 2921 MEd £2,215
Fees are based on students studying 60 credits per year on part-time programmes. Students who complete more than 60 credits in a year will be charged an additional fee.
The fees shown above are also annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2013. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.
Fees overseas 2013-2014
Code 2921 MEd £4,400. For all other modes, please visit the Fees for International Students webpage.
Funding for part-time students
From September 2012, the UK Government will provide non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of part-time tuition for all eligible English resident or non UK EU undergraduates. Find out more about the funding for part-time students.
Scholarships and studentships
Learn more about fees and funding
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries.