Inclusion and Special Educational Needs

MEd/Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
MEd 3 years; PGCert 1 year
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

£3,420 (UK)
£6,480 (International)
Fees and funding details.

The part-time Inclusion and Special Educational Needs programme is designed for those who wish to study a range of modules relating to Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN).

The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme will enable in-service teachers, school leaders, policy leaders, and others working directly or indirectly with children with disabilities in the UK, Europe, and around the world to study across a broad spectrum of inclusion and special educational needs.

There are three core modules within the ISEN programme which you will need to complete in the first year. The aims of these modules are as follows:

  • an overarching understanding of educational inclusion and SEND and associated policies;
  • frameworks for evaluating policies and practice; and
  • introductions to different SEND groupings (as conceptualised in many educational systems).
  • an exploration of the socio-cultural conceptualisations of disability and SEND practice in a global context 

Taking these three modules will give you credits for a 60 credit PGCert (ISEN), and will enable you to then follow a more specialist pathway in year 2 where you will benefit from studying on our existing programmes such as Autism, and SEBD (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties). In year 3, as an MEd student you will work towards completion of your dissertation under the supervision of University of Birmingham staff. 

The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme uses a variety of delivery modes:

  • In years one and three the programme is a distance learning programme, completed wholly online.
  • In year two, the programme is either distance learning or blended learning depending on the pathway taken.

You may also be interested in these two distance learning programmes:


I’ve really enjoyed the course so far. It has been a mind and eye-opener when it comes to some of my preconceived ideas, and has made me challenge myself in a whole bunch of different ways. I can feel that by the end of the course, I’ll be in a much better position to help the students, and to have a positive influence on how we work with learning support at school. It’s encouraged me and got me even more fired up for working with SEND.

ISEN Student, 2018

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Fees 2021 - 2022


  • Code 5330 PGCert £3,420
  • Code 5336 MEd £3,420


  • Code 5330 PGCert £6,480
  • Code 5336 MEd £6,480

Fees for distance learning programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2021. From September 2020 the fees are fixed at this price for each year of study for the duration of the programme.

Learn more about fees and funding

For further information contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and Loans

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan which provides up to £11,222 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2020 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.

Other scholarships may be available, please view the  Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. 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 visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via  online enquiries. 

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

There is only one intake per year at the beginning of the Academic Year (September/ October).

Please refer to the School of Education entry requirements webpage.  

Please note that we require you have at least 2 years professional experience in the areas you wish to study before you can be considered. 

English language requirements

In order to undertake the ISEN programme of study, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification. The following link to the English language qualifications page will give you more detailed information.

International Requirements

The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme is part-time and in years one and three it is completed wholly online. In year two, the programme is either distance learning or blended learning depending on the pathway taken. Blended learning consists of a mixture of both campus-based and distance learning elements. 


This programme is designed to supplement professionals already working in the field, or those seeking a general introduction to topics within inclusion and special educational needs. In general, this includes teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, head teachers in schools, managers of community and charitable organisations, support workers in places such as a university or workplace disability service unit, social workers or nurses providing care for persons with disabilities, or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health, amongst other things.  

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, which includes progression to a PhD. Many of our graduates successfully apply for roles working with children and young people with special educational needs. 

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