Leadership of Educational Inclusion MEd

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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. The knowledge and experience you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform future improvement and make a difference to the overall performance of your school. It 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.

The Leadership of Educational Inclusion programme is designed for those who are aiming to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on developing inclusion in educational settings. 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. 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.

Masters - 180 credits which are achieved by passing:

  • The National Standards SENCo Programme (60 credits)
  • both core modules (40 credit in total)
  • a compulsory research methods module (20 credits)
  • and a dissertation (60 credits).


Students 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 and funding

Fees 2019 - 2020


  • Code 489C £2,625


  • Code 489C MEd £5,665

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 2019 and fees may change in subsequent years.

Learn more about fees and funding

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.

Scholarships, Studentships and Loans

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

Scholarships and studentships

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. 

Entry 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.

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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The 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.