Our MA Inclusive Education masters is a flexible course for anyone interested in critically exploring inclusive education. We offer a full-time, on-campus route and a part-time, blended learning route so you can study at a pace that suits you.
From early years practitioners, teachers and leaders in education, to staff in local health authorities, health services and aspiring researchers, our course appeals to a variety of backgrounds and professions. You’ll be joining a diverse and thriving community of postgraduate students from the UK and across the world.
Analyse key issues, significant debates and global concepts in the field of inclusive education. Reflect on your personal understandings of special educational needs and consider the relationship between educational values and the development of inclusive practice.
You will evaluate and learn to think with a range of theoretical frameworks to deepen your critical analysis. And you’ll explore how theory informs how we interpret and analyse key issues in education.
We aim to empower you to approach your own research with confidence. You’ll extend your understanding of research techniques to prepare you for completing your own dissertation. Throughout the project, you will have access to support from active researchers in our internationally renowned Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
We’ve designed this postgraduate course to allow you to specialise and focus on areas of education that interest you. You can specialise by choosing an option unit based on work by world-class researchers in the Faculty of Education. Your option units may include topics such as literacy and language, educational philosophy, learning in informal settings, or international perspectives in education.
When you graduate, you’ll achieve a masters degree that highlights areas of your personal and professional interest.
Features and Benefits
World-class research-informed teaching - you’ll be taught by teacher-researchers who are global experts in their fields. This includes researchers from our internationally renowned Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in the Faculty of Education.
Expert dissertation support - you can work closely with ESRI expert researchers as part of your dissertation. They’ll help you shape and carry out your own research project, lending expertise in areas such as early childhood, literacy, STEM, and global educational trends.
Join a diverse postgraduate community - you’ll become a part of a thriving community of postgraduate learners from a variety of professional backgrounds in the UK and across the world. This network helps to enhance your learning experience and further support you through your studies.
Flexible learning - study either part-time or full-time so that you can fit your masters around your varying commitments.
Tailored to you - we’ve designed this course so that you can shape your learning journey to your individual interests. Choose option units and coursework topics to reflect specialisms in your personal and professional interest.
Expand your knowledge - focus on the field of inclusive education and consider alternative approaches through recent research and theory on inclusion and diversity in education to evaluate practice.
Study in a thriving education city - with a diverse and energetic scene, Manchester is one of the UK’s largest and most popular student cities. Our University shares the city’s strong national and international education links which can support and enhance your learning.
Whether you take our part-time or full-time course, you will start your MA Inclusive Education with two core units.
In your first unit, you’ll critically explore global key issues in inclusive education and look at relevant, current legislation in the UK and how it affects policy and practice in educational settings. You‘ll relate your learning to your own practice and understanding of inclusive education, and its wider connection with issues such as social justice.
And in the second core unit, you’ll engage with theoretical frameworks to deepen your analysis. And you’ll explore how theory informs how we interpret and analyse key issues in education today.
You will examine issues of marginalisation, disability and difference, and race and culture, and consider the theoretical frameworks which underpin them. Through this, you’ll start to develop your own theoretical position. You’ll draw from fields such as critical pedagogy, disability studies and critical race theory to think about inclusive education in relation to the challenges of globalisation, power, agency, inequality and diversity, and sustainability.
You’ll join students from other education-based masters courses in a third core unit, Principles and Practice of Educational Research. We’ve designed this unit to develop your understanding of critical issues and methodologies within research and help prepare you for completing your own dissertation.
In the fourth unit, you’ll pursue your own individual interests by choosing one of a series of option units. Our option units are designed and delivered by active researchers from within our internationally renowned Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI). We’ve designed these option units to reflect our world-class research carried out at the Faculty of Education.
Our taught units are assessed by coursework. This allows you to focus on the topic of your work on areas that suit your professional and personal interests.
The final part of your masters is a dissertation. For many students, this is the most challenging part of the course, but also the most interesting and most rewarding.
With guidance from your expert teaching and support team, you’ll design and carry out a research project of your own and complete a written thesis.
Some recent examples of topics include:
a reflective study of the impact on one family of changes in the provision for learners with Special Educational Needs over 30 years
communicating with severely autistic children in class
a critical analysis of the principles of inclusive education
teachers’ and parents’ perceptions of school readiness
You’ll also benefit from our integrated support network of services offered at Manchester Met, as well as our course-specific support provided by your programme team. You will have a personal tutor to accompany you throughout your studies. Your tutor aims to provide tailored support and advice from start to finish.
As a student at Manchester Met, you’ll also be able to access Masterclass. Masterclass is a wide range of optional year-round discussion groups, reading groups, writing workshops and events designed specifically for and with masters students in the Faculty of Education.
Throughout your course, you’ll study four core units including a dissertation, and one optional unit. If you’re coming to the course with advanced standing of 60 credits from your PGCE, you’ll likely complete two units before progressing to your dissertation.
Principles and practice of educational research
Conceptualise, critique, create: thinking with theory in inclusive education
Perspectives, policy and practice in inclusive education
Study and assessment breakdown
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Full-time (on-campus): 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Part-time (blended learning): 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Full-time (on-campus): 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Part-time (blended learning): 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Applicants who study must have a first degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate UK honours degree (at least a 2:2). Other qualifications or experience may be considered.
Note: If you have completed a PGCE within the last five years, you can normally join the masters with advanced standing, which usually 60 credits. This means you complete two taught units before progressing to the dissertation.
With the agreement of the programme leader, other relevant and recent level 7 qualifications may also permit advanced standing via recognition of prior learning; it is possible with the agreement of the programme leader to incorporate recognition of prior experiential learning (eg relevant work experience). Further advice and guidance on this will be available after you enrol.
Applicants whose first language is not English must have IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and Channel Island Students
Full-time (on-campus) fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time (blended learning) fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
EU and non-EU Students
Full-time (on-campus) fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time (blended learning) fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Depending on where you live, if you are attending in mode 2 you may need to pay for travel to the University and accommodation for weekend conferences up to three times a year.
You may wish to buy books, although purchase is not required.
Our MA Inclusive Education course aims to progress your career in education and enhance your academic skills for further research ventures.
Through the course, you’ll develop critical thinking skills and gain the theoretical knowledge to question existing education practice, and how it could work in the future.
By choosing your own topics and option unit, our master's course aims to help you focus on your professional development and areas of interest – your priorities, targets and aspirations.
Our graduates have used our courses to help further careers, either in their current sector, or to make an informed leap into a different role or field of education. Many of our students have gone in to management and advisory positions related to inclusion and diversity in schools and other educational settings. Some have developed specialisms in areas of special educational needs, such as autism or dyslexia.
We encourage you to apply your new thinking to practice and carry these creative, innovative approaches forward. This helps you to develop your skills as a systematic, evidence-driven practitioner.
Many students who complete our courses intend to study at PhD level. If you’re considering pursuing a research degree (such as an MPhil, PhD or EdD) in education, this masters course is a good foundation towards that ambition. Each year, several of our current and former students win scholarships for further study or have articles published.