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MA Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties)

MA/Postgraduate Certificate

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

2022 - 2023
£3,540 (UK)
£6,810 (International)
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On the MA Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) specialist pathway, you will develop the key skills and expertise to meet the needs of pupils with SEBD

This specialist pathway will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of inclusive practice by focusing on the distinctive learning needs of pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD). 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. If you work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour, disaffection and disengagement with schooling, then it will be relevant to you. 

MA Inclusion

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.

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) 
  • 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 core modules from the other pathways on the MA Inclusion) and complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Health: Identification, Assessment and Provision (20 credits)*
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Health: Strategies, Interventions and Approaches (20 credits)*
  • Inclusion: Universal and Specialist Approaches (20 credits)

Optional Modules 

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

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 582G PGCert £3,540
  • Code 583G MA £6,810

International

  • Code 582G PGCert £3,540
  • Code 583G MA £6,810

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

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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

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

Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline. Vocational qualifications are accepted as criteria for entry to this course.

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.

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 small tutor group. Study is supported through interactive 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 (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) degree is ideal for those working in settings which provide education for children and young people with SEBD. It is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in dealing with pupils with challenging behaviour within educational settings.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These include: specialist teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, teaching assistants, youth workers, behaviour managers and counsellors.

 

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