Inclusion and Special Needs Education (MEd)

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Teacher Training - Special Needs Education Education Academic Studies in Education - Special Needs Education
    • Course Start
      September
    • Course Duration
      1 year full-time; 3 years part-time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    As contemporary societies become more heterogeneous, and as inclusive education reforms gain currency across the world, educational systems are being challenged to address some fundamental questions about teaching and learning related to the accommodation of and respect for difference.

    Underpinning the movement for inclusion is a concern for social justice and wellbeing. Meeting the diverse needs of learners within today's schools, colleges and universities, is one of the most challenging and important tasks facing education today.

    This thoroughly revised Master's degree is unique not only because of the disciplinary approaches it employs, but also because students study and apply an approach to wellbeing that has been developed by some of the world’s leading thinkers.

    This is an approach that is internationally recognised by, for example, the UN, and whose principles are increasingly found in government policy on education and SEN, namely the Capability Approach. We are one of the very few institutions in the UK to offer this practical and ethical approach to assessing issues of SEN, equality and inclusion.

    The skills you will develop include critical thinking skills and how best to be an inclusive practitioner. Importantly, this is a professionally based degree which means that you will apply what you have learned to your own professional practice whether you are a classroom assistant, SENCO or university lecturer.

    Course Structure

    Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.

    The MEd is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a 15,000 - 20,000 word research dissertation (60 CATS points).

    Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

    We've made it easy to study for a master's module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary () for advice.

    Core Modules (compulsory, all 20 CATS points):

    • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (online)
    • Deconstructing Special Needs Education and Inclusion
    • Epistemic Injustice: The Ethics of Knowing in SEN/Inclusion
    • Social Justice in Special Needs Education and Inclusion: A Capabilities Approach

    Two optional modules may be chosen from the Educational Studies (MEd) degree.

    Facilities

    The School is situated across a suite of three buildings in Belfast's Queen's Quarter. We provide student and staff common rooms, computer suites and designated study spaces.

    Explore the teaching and social spaces in our School through our 360 Virtual Tour

    Prizes and Awards

    • Teachers working on classroom-based dissertation projects may apply for the Northern Ireland Centre for Educational Research (NICER) award.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction

    Graduates from this degree have found it beneficial in their professional institutions in advising colleagues, influencing policy and supporting pupils and students.

    The degree helps students reshape their thinking on special needs education and matters of inclusion, to question values and beliefs that were previously taken for granted. Importantly, a Master's degree in SEN/Inclusion will be of great advantage to professionals seeking promotion as we move towards a Masters-led teaching profession.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

    Employment after the Course

    Most of the students on this course are practising teachers in the nursery, primary, secondary sector. Students from further education and disability sectors also attend. Students take up employment, or continue to work in teaching, apply for promotion, or go on to undertake further degrees.

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


    Visit the Inclusion and Special Needs Education (MEd) page on the Queen’s University Belfast web site for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.

    Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

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