MA Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (PgDip, PgCert)

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (part-time, per year): £38.35

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0151 231 5090

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About this course

Develop reflective professional practice in the area of inclusion, special educational needs and disability.

  • Share and develop best practice with other professionals across a range of educational settings and phases
  • Benefit from a dynamic learning environment which encourages you to use theory to reflect on and develop best practice
  • Benefit from a flexible approach which enables you to fit study around your other commitments

This is a new programme designed to make Masters level study highly relevant to your current and future professional needs in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability. Assessment is linked directly to practice. The blended learning approach means that taught sessions are supported by online resources, workshops and individual support.

The programme is closely linked to professional practice needs. It is designed to support effective practice in the classroom and to develop your professional practice through an inquiry-based approach.


Flexibility is at the heart of course delivery, enabling you to fit your learning around your work commitments. The programme focuses on enhancing practice and attracts professionals from across the educational sector. This results in a dynamic learning environment for all, enabling students to learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences.​

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Graduates are Class/Subject Teachers, Subject Leaders, Learning Support Assistants and other education professionals who wish to develop their skills in their current role or to seek new opportunities.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

  • In year one you will study three core modules worth 20 credits each and two optional modules worth 20 credits each
  • In year two you will study one core module worth 20 credits
  • In year three you will study one core module worth 60 credits
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An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

This is a part-time course. Sessions are delivered as twilights during the week, at the end of the working day.

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching methods are used to facilitate learning. These include workshops, online, face-to-face taught sessions and tutorials.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this course include: individual and group work tasks, presentations, essays, reports, critical reflection on professional practice accounts, action research reports and dissertations and other appropriate activities.

All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice. There is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Carmel Arnold

Carmel Arnold

Programme Leader

Having originally trained and worked in the secondary sector, Carmel moved to the further education sector where she managed provision for adults with literacy difficulties. She then managed a project for the British Dyslexia Association in Liverpool. She has been employed at LJMU for 14 years where she teaches across a range of SEN programmes and courses including the National SENCo Award which is delivered in conjunction with School Improvement Liverpool. 

The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing students develop their competence, confidence and enjoyment in using literature and research to really reflect deeply on their practice and bring about real, positive change for their learners.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in IM Marsh Campus, the School of Education  benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres and an on-site library.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree 
  • relevant professional experience
  • current employment in the field of education

Additional information

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • Applications are considered by the Programme Leader

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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