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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, MA

University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom

University of Birmingham

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MAFull-time1 yearSeptemberGBP 7020 per yearGBP 15660 per year
Postgraduate CertificateFull-time1 yearSeptemberGBP 2340 per yearGBP 5220 per year
Postgraduate DiplomaFull-time1 yearSeptemberGBP 4680 per yearGBP 10440 per year

About Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, MA - at University of Birmingham

This Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) fulltime, campus- based programme is designed for educational and health practitioners that work with, or have an interest in working with, children identified as having special educational needs and disabilities. It provides opportunities for participants to reflect on their practice, to critique the conceptualisation of disability within culture and society, and to be analytical as to SEND practices and policies. This course is internationally focused, and examines SEND practices around the world. Students will, however, be given opportunities to experience UK schools and to engage in research at both the UK and international level. The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme will enable you to deepen and extend your knowledge and understanding of educational and social theories which are related to working with children and young people with a range of special educational and individual learning needs.

The programme utilises lectures, seminars, tutorials, school visits, practical tasks, and discussions. Lectures and seminars are facilitatedby academics who are leaders in research in the field of SEND. The programme has been designed to allow opportunities for individualisation of content to ensure that it is relevant to your professional and personal needs. As a student on the programme, you will be expected to be self-directed in your learning, and propose projects that can be practical, theoretical, or both. If you choose to pursue the MA award, you will have the opportunity to design and implement research that will allow you to gain skills in research design and methodology.

This programme is designed to supplement professionals already working in the field, or those seeking a general introduction to topics within special educational needs and disabilities. In general, this includes educators already working with students with special educational needs and disabilities, support workers in places such as a university or workplace disability service unit, a social worker or nurse providing care for persons with disabilities, someone working for a non-governmental organization dealing with disabilities issues, or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health, amongst other things.

Entry requirements

Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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