MA Inclusion (SLD/SPLMD)

MA/Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
September
Duration
MA 36 months; PGCert 12 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning
Fees

2022 - 2023
£3,540 (UK)
£6,810 (International)
More Fees and funding details.

The MA Inclusion (SLD/SPLMD) specialist pathway has been developed for a range of professionals/practitioners who work with children and adults with learning disabilities in educational settings across the severe and profound range (SLD/SPMLD) including autism (where it overlaps with SLD/SPMLD).

The MA Inclusion degree is a unique three-year, part-time course which has been designed for those who want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with diverse needs. It has been designed for teachers and other educational and care professionals working in a range of national and international settings.

Our approach on this distance education course, will enable you to investigate inclusive practice through multiple lenses and to embrace cultural, linguistic and developmental diversity. You will be able to choose module options from across an unrivalled range of provision in Inclusive Education within the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.

The MA Inclusion is made up of 180 credits which consists of 3 compulsory taught modules (60 credits), a number of optional modules (60 credits) in the named pathway and a 60 credit dissertation. Successful completion of the 180 credits leads to the award of MA Inclusion.

The SLD/SPMLD pathway

Most learners with SLD/SPMLD use specialist services such as special schools or colleges but some use inclusive services in nurseries, mainstream schools or community education. On this specialist pathway you will cover issues for staff who work in any of these services and has particular emphasis on working together to meet needs. Through this degree, you will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and critiques of research, educational policy and practice and have the opportunity to investigate historical and cultural aspects of disability. It will study systematically, critically and in-depth, aspects of educating children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. In particular, it will emphasis working together to meet needs. 

Why Study this course?

  • The University of Birmingham is a leading provider of degree-level courses in inclusion and special educational needs.
  • Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by senior practitioners and researchers in the field of inclusion who work within the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) 
  • You will be taught by academics from the University of Birmingham and other institutions as well as frontline practitioners, parents, individuals with learning disabilities, former students of our courses, and well-know training providers.
  • The MA Inclusion degree offers both flexibility and choice from a range of modules.

MA Inclusion pathways

You may also be interested in our other specialist pathways on the MA Inclusion

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Modules

Those taking a PGCert need to complete the three compulsory modules listed below (60 credits in total). Those progressing onto the MA in the second year will need to choose a further 60 credits from the optional modules (which includes the core modules from the other pathways on the MA Inclusion) and complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Developing Innovations (20 credits)
  • Inclusion: Universal and Specialist Approaches (20 credits)

*The title and content of the module is provisional and awaiting final University approval.   

Optional Modules 

View the list of optional modules 


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Fees 2022 - 2023

UK

  • Code 580G PGCert £3,540
  • Code 581G MA £3,540

International 

  • Code 580G PGCert £6,810
  • Code 581G MA £6,810

Fees for part-time 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 2022. The fees are fixed at this price for each year of study for the duration of the programme.

For further information on international tuition fees please view our fees for international students webpage.

Learn more about fees and funding

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and Loans

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan which provides up to £11,570 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021 for taught and research Masters courses in most subject areas. This includes Distance Learning. 

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

Applications will open soon. If you are interested in applying for this degree, please contact spmld@contacts.bham.ac.uk

1 July 2022 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2022 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2022.

Our Standard Requirements

Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline.

Most students will have some relevant professional experience and all applicants are encouraged to gain relevant experience in educational, care or other professional settings before, and during, embarking on a programme of study.

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 7 with no less than 6.5 in each band or equivalent qualification.equired to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

English language support

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. 

International Requirements


You will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, web based learning, online materials, telephone and email contact which will allow you to learn through interaction with other students. Internet access is required for the course.

Whilst this degree is a distance learning course which is delivered online, you will have the opportunity to attend campus for optional face to face intensive teaching.

The MA Inclusion (SLD/SPLMD) course is for a range of professionals and practitioners who work with children and adults with learning difficulties in educational settings across the severe and profound range (SLD/ PMLD, including autism where is overlaps). Most learners with SLD/ SPMLD use specialist services such as special schools or colleges but some use inclusive services in nurseries, mainstream schools or community education and the course will cover issues for staff who work in any of these services with particular emphasis on working together to meet needs.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for roles working with children and young people with special educational needs. 


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