Leadership of Educational Inclusion MEd

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2 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught

£3,300 (Home/EU)
£6,150 (Overseas)
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The part-time Leadership of Educational Inclusion programme is designed for you to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on inclusive learning.

Leadership in schools takes many forms: through school and departmental leadership teams, but also through collaboration between teachers and schools on specific problems in teaching and learning. The knowledge and experience you will gain from the Leadership of Educational Inclusion MEd will place you in an ideal position to inform future improvement and make a difference to the overall performance of your school.

You will be part of a research-led community which uses and develops evidence-based practice to identify and share approaches which can be shown to make a difference in particular contexts. The Leadership of Educational Inclusion MEd will help provide you with the foundations to become a leader in school improvement using evidence-based analysis and by challenging current practices.

This route is for teachers in the West Midlands and is taught on Saturday and twilight sessions. It is designed to complement our National Standards SENCo Programme which is the compulsory first year.

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You will enter the programme with 60 Masters Level credits from either the PGCert SENCo programme OR PGCE Primary (SEN) programme. 

Compulsory modules

  • Special Studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology (for PGDip only)
  • Practitioner Inquiry in Education (for MEd only)

Optional modules

  • Understanding School Improvement
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Evaluation and Policy Analysis for Inclusive Education 


Fees 2020 - 2021


  • Code 489C £3,300


  • Code 489C MEd £6,150

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 course September in 2020.

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Scholarships and Loans

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 through its  Masters Scholarship Scheme to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2020-21.

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK 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. 

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

All applicants must hold a first degree

All applicants must have 'qualified teacher status' (QTS, QTLS or EYTS) and be working in an educational setting.

All applicants must have completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination prior to the start of the academic year of entry.

International Requirements

International Students

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 Leadership of Educational Inclusion MEd programme is offered as part of the School of Education’s work with partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on relating theory and evidence to practice.

The teaching includes workshops, seminars and tutorials. Classes use a variety of reflective, analytical and enquiry-based activities using journals, qualitative and quantitative evidence of practice in individual schools and school systems. Support is provided through ‘Canvas (an online environment) which includes research discussions and case studies which are used for preparation tasks as well in workshops. Assignment and dissertation topics reflect students’ individual interests and contexts.

This programme is designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for new and aspiring leaders in education. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice or it may come in form of leading professional development.

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