Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion MA

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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Become a specialist in SEND Education. Deepen your knowledge. Expand your career options.


Our MA in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion is a highly flexible degree that enables you to specialise in studying issues around Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in a way that suits you.

This degree is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their SEND careers with a highly specific SEND postgraduate degree.

The course provides a clear progression route into careers where you can help achieve better outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Throughout the course you will develop your ability to interpret, understand and conduct research at a masters level, as well as collaborating with others to form and debate your own understanding of SEND.

Why us?

  • Carry out research which is specific to your own workplace   
  • Learn from a dedicated and expert team in this field

Course structure

Your progress will be assessed through written assignments, including an MA Thesis or Practitioner Enquiry project. The assignments are written flexibly to allow you to focus on your areas of interest within your assessed work. Throughout your end of course research project, you will have one-to-one support from academic staff.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that a masters degree requires a higher level of independent working.

When you complete the MA SEND, your optional modules may be taught on-campus (one evening per week) or via a hybrid learning approach.

If you have studied modules at masters level previously, e.g. through a PGCE or NASENCO award, then you may be able to transfer some of these credits to the MA SEND course. The credits must be less than 5 years old and must demonstrate that you have met a range of learning outcomes in relation to SEND in order to be transferred to this course

You will be able to choose from a range of SEND- focused optional modules on this course. These are subject to change each academic year.

You will need to complete 180 credits to achieve the full MA award as follows:

Core modules:

  • Research Methods (30 credits)

Explore the principles and practice of conducting educational research, including research design, research paradigms, data collection, management and analysis, as well as the politics and ethics involved in educational research. Develop your own research knowledge and ability, through engaging with a variety of relevant critical literature. Consider a range of approaches to educational research through case studies of current and recent research projects.

  • An Introduction to Criticality (30 credits)

Grow your knowledge of critical thinking and explore the importance of this in the broader context of education. Develop skills in self-assessment, mental flexibility, creativity, interpretation and argument. Draw on various theoretical approaches that can then be applied to very different educational contexts. 

  • MA Thesis or Practice-Based Enquiry Project (60 credits)

Complete a substantial piece of research within your chosen field of study or professional practice, with the support of an allocated supervisor. Gain an in-depth understanding of your specialist area by answering a research question, the proposal for which will have been examined in the Research Methods in Education module.

Optional modules may include:

  • Inclusive Education: From policy to practice (30 credits)

Examine a selection of ideological standpoints in relation to the inclusive education of a range of learners. Investigate the background to current inclusion debates, contextualised within the current legislative framework. Discuss a range of issues pertaining to inclusive education and, in particular, how the concept of ‘Inclusion’ is conceptualised.

  • Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (30 credits)

Explore the impact of supporting and working with children, young people, families and stakeholders in the area of social, emotional and mental health. Examine models of mental health and wellbeing in relation to diagnosis and treatment directions, and the impact on life outcomes. Undertake a critical examination of the rights and needs of children with SEMH difficulties, including childhood adversity, and the impact of school policies and procedures in supporting participation and learning and preventing school exclusion.

  • Gender and Diversity (30 credits)

Explore the concept of gender diversity in relation to inclusive and representative education for all pupils- including transgender and cisgender children. Learn about gender diversity and develop the reflective and analytical ability to be adaptive and flexible in response to a dynamic and fast evolving field. Develop contemporary knowledge of the topic, as well as the skills to foster an inclusive, representative and supportive pedagogical approach and learning environment for all students.

  • Causes and Implications of Barriers to Learning for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (30 credits)

Critically explore the cause of the barriers to learning that SEND needs can engender, including the impact of Government policy, adverse childhood experiences and day-to-day practice within a range of health, education and care contexts. Examine the impact of evidence-based staff knowledge, understanding and skills and the importance of prompt identification and assessment of SEND. Consider the importance of co-production with caregivers, learners with SEND and professional organisations to improve participation and outcomes across the life-course.


You will be based at our new Wearside View building, situated on the award-winning St Peter’s riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus. 

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.

We also expect you to have experience of working in education; this may be as a teacher or in another capacity in the field of education. A recognised teaching qualification is desirable but not essential.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

After 6 April 2015 you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.

The deadline for international applications is Friday 12 August 2022.

Career ready

The MA SEND degree is ideal for teachers and people working in educational management who want to quickly progress their careers in a wide variety of occupations in educational settings. If you are already working in a relevant field, you will graduate with enhanced potential for progression professionally. 

The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government. Please note that this course does not qualify you as a teacher.

Centre for Pedagogy

The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Pedagogy has three research themes: Affective Issues in Learning and Teaching, Pedagogy and Critical Thinking in Specific Subject Areas and Professional Education and Development. The Centre unifies the University’s research, influences policy and organises conferences and professorial lectures.


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion MA


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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