MA Special and Inclusive Education

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100% Online MA Special and Inclusive Education

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Flexible online master’s programmes

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Six starts per year

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Top 3 in Scotland and Top 10 in UK for Nursing*

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About the programme

The MA Special and Inclusive Education programme at Queen Margaret University is aimed at professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge of inclusive education and its role in society. Through an interdisciplinary lens you will explore inclusive education and the role it plays in emancipation, liberation, and true democracy.

You will explore the structural inequalities in both society and education, and their impact on educational outcomes. In doing so, you will learn ways to address these inequalities in different contexts to make education inclusive. This programme will benefit professionals working with individuals with complex learning needs to ensure best practice is followed to provide these learners with an inclusive educational experience.

The freedom and flexibility to study from anywhere, anytime

The Master’s programmes are delivered entirely online and can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no need to ever attend campus. They have been carefully designed to fit around the busy schedules of working professionals, ensuring that work and family commitments need not be reasons to put your ambitions on hold. You can study whilst continuing in your current role and immediately apply what you learn to your professional context.

Programme Modules

Critical Education in the 21st Century

This module provides a broad introduction to education from a range of different theoretical, political and historical perspectives enabling you to critically analyse contemporary educational issues in your home countries and internationally. 

Digital Literacies for Education

The aim of the module is to provide you with a range of specialised skills and knowledge in the use of digital technologies. This module will provide a critical appreciation of how to use digital tools within educational contexts.

Being a Reflective Practitioner in Intercultural Settings

This module aims to introduce you to the notion of the ‘reflective practitioner’ and teachers as ‘agents of change’. Brookfield’s lenses of reflective practice are revisited as a model for developing a critically reflective questioning stance towards practice. Important issues of teacher professionalism, professional values and identity are explored through political, policy and theoretical perspectives giving you an understanding of what it means to be an ‘activist teacher’ in the 21st century. You will learn about the role of reflective practice within the wider professional development agenda, including the need for CPD over the career span and for professional learning leading to achievement of the Standard for Full Registration.

Inclusive Education: Global Perspectives

This module will introduce and explore the complex relationship between the ideals of inclusive education and the realities of educational practice. Activities will be designed to include consideration of implications for a range of stakeholders and education policy, in addition to theory and practice.

Shared Leadership for Sustainable Development in a Global World

This module focuses on strategic thinking and planning to meet the challenges of the 21st century in our global world. Disruption continues to challenge even the most robust educational systems around the world and therefore school leaders will need to be prepared to face these challenges effectively. During tumultuous times we need to move beyond crisis management and engage in strategic leadership to meet the needs of learners and communities during emergencies. Therefore, you will be introduced to strategic leadership thinking and planning for times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. You will gain a deep understanding of the role strategic leadership plays in sustaining effective teaching and learning that enhances outcomes for all learners even during the most disruptive times, but also how strategic leadership can move us beyond reactionary crisis management and develop resilient systems.

From the Edges to the Centre: Structural Inequalities and Inclusive Practice

This module will provide opportunities for you to reflect upon the structural inequalities inherent in society and the education system and their impact on educational outcomes, and attempts to address them in different contexts.

The Inclusive Curriculum

This module will consider the ways that inclusion is embedded and enacted in core areas of the formal curriculum (Numeracy, Literacy, Sciences, Physical Education, Expressive Arts), with the opportunity to reflect upon the curriculum delivery and maximising opportunities for inclusion in your own practitioner context.

Multi-Agency Working for Inclusion

This module will provide opportunities for you to consider support for students with additional needs and ways to enable inclusive environments for students with a range of complex needs.

Research Methodology and Methods

This module will provide opportunities for you to critically reflect upon the research methods used in education, as well as the duties of the researcher in terms of ethical practice, research integrity, and communication of findings.

Ethical Research

This module will explore ethics for the social sciences and working with human participants across a variety of culturally informed social settings. You will understand the importance of ethical principles in order to protect the dignity, rights and welfare of research participants throughout the planning, organising, managing and disseminating research.


The dissertation will provide the opportunity for you to choose a topic of personal interest within education suited to your pathway of study, for purpose of developing a systematic literature review. The systematic review of the topic of interest will result in a meta-analysis, meta-narrative or meta-synthesis to provide a detailed and scientifically rigour understanding of the topic under investigation.

Admission requirements
  • A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) from an accredited college, institution or university, equivalent to or higher than a UK Bachelor Honours degree qualification. This includes 3rd class honours degrees.


  • We may also consider applicants who do not hold a recognised degree but who can demonstrate at least two years of relevant work experience - professional, managerial or supervisory role.

English Language Requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you will need to provide evidence of English language ability.

  • IELTS (Academic) at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • Pearson PTE (Academic) overall minimum 59 with 59 in all components
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CCAE & CPE) with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall minimum 80 with 18 in Reading; 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction
  • Duolingo minimum overall score of 100 with no individual component of literacy, comprehension, conversation and production below 90
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE need minimum grade C
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH LANGUAGE minimum grade C
  • Degree - Taught and Assessed in English and completed within the last three years with transcript confirming language of study is English
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language Grade C or above (UK Exam Board)
  • Malaysian SPM 1119 Grade C or above
  • If you are a national of a UKVI listed English speaking country, you are exempt from providing a language certificate
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