Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness)

MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate

Start date
September
Duration
See course details.
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning
Fees

2020 - 2021

£3,300 (Home/EU)
£9,060 AdCert/BPhil (Overseas)
£6,150 PGCert/PGDip/MEd (Overseas)

This distance learning programme is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired).

The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment. 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.

This distance learning programme will enable qualified teachers and others working in education related fields to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). 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. 

We offer the following awards:

AdCert

The Level H Advanced Certificate (AdCert) is the equivalent to the third year of Undergraduate Study. It is for those with certificates and diplomas eg: HND, NVQ level 4/5, Foundation degree. It lasts 12 months part-time and consists of 1 - 3 Modules. 

BPhil

The Level H Bachelor of Philosphy (BPhil) lasts 2 years part-time and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It consists of 1 - 4 Modules and a 10,000 word dissertation. This is a Non Mandatory qualification only.

PGCert

The Level M Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It lasts 12 months and consists of 1 - 3 Modules.

PGDip 

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The PGDip is taken over 24 months and consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the completion of a Special Study.

MEd

The Level M Masters of Education (MEd) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The MEd is taken over 36 months part-time. It consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the ‘Practitioner Inquiry in Education’ Module which will prepare you for the completion of the word dissertation.

PGDip plus Mandatory qualification

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) Mandatory qualification is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It consistss of Modules 1–5 plus a teaching placement.

Download information on all the postgraduate study programmes in the School of Education (PDF)

You may also be interested in our programmes on Vision Impairments and Hearing Impairment.

Modules

Compulsory modules

Multi-sensory impairment; Causes and Implications

Multi-sensory Impairment; Communication

Multi-sensory Impairment; Sensory impairment

Multi-sensory impairment; Education and provision

Special studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology

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

Fees 2020 - 2021

Home/EU

Mandatory qualification

  • Code 186B PGDip £3,300

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £3,300
  • Code 184B BPhil £3,300
  • Code 183B PGCert £3,300
  • Code 182B PGDip £3,300
  • Code 181B MEd £3,300

Overseas

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £9,060
  • Code 184B BPhil £9,060
  • Code 183B PGCert £6,150
  • Code 182B PGDip £6,15
  • Code 181B MEd £6,150

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 2020.

For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries

Scholarships and Loans

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning. 

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. 

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


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

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

  • MEd:  a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience
  • BPhil/AdCert: Usually two years of higher education or equivalent and relevant experience
  • PGDip/PGCert: a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience

For the Mandatory qualification you will also need Qualified Teacher Status. Please note that for enrollment onto this course, Early Years Teaching Status does NOT count as qualified teacher status.

International Requirements


The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) 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. 

You will learn at your own pace and in your own home and workplace. Study is supported through study packs, web based learning, with online materials, discussions and interaction, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows student contact. Regular broadband internet access is required for the programme, and you must have regular contact with learners with MSI for practical work throughout the programme.

There is a University based study-weekend twice a year. The dates for 2019-20 are:

  • 13 - 15 September 2019
  • 24 - 26 April 2020 

Many of those who have completed the course continue to work with people with deafblindness (MSI) and some continue or progress to influential roles in specialist MSI units, or as advisory teachers for pupils who are deafblind. Others take key roles in such fields as managing further education for MSI learners or sensory impairment in an LEA or other setting, or go on to promoted posts in school or other management.