MA Special Educational Needs is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour.

The MA SEN course will be highly beneficial if you’re a teacher from a primary, secondary or special school, or a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting. Also if you are a social worker or police officer, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.

Studying the Masters course, you will enhance your knowledge of a number of key issues related to special educational needs, and will develop your professional awareness of this area. You’ll experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner driven interest in special educational needs.

There is a wide range of specialist modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. MA Special Educational Needs is also compatible with the TTA SENCo Standards, and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.

What you will study

In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the core module Research Methodology. You will also study the specialist core module: Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.

On completion you will be expected to make the decision to specialise in a particular subject area. You will select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:

Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
This specialist module relates to the increasing numbers of children and adolescents with problems in understanding due to poor receptive...

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Work and Study Placements

Those who undertake the two SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the BDA, will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities to link with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.

Entry Requirements

A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued. Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process, will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student).

Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the internship scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student).

  • If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)

Tuition Fees

UK and EU

The fee for this course for 2015 is £4750.


To find international fees, visit our international website.


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2015
    • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2015
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
        • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2016