Postgraduate study

Inclusive Education MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgDip

Awards: MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgDip

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study, Full-time, Part-time


Funding opportunities

Programme website: Inclusive Education

The experience of engaging with the MSc Inclusive Education has been a life-changing one, both personally and professionally. Studying at Moray House has provided me with a range of opportunities which have encouraged me to critically reflect on my teaching practice, engage with other teaching professionals and develop my academic writing skills.

Michelle Mackay MSc Inclusive Education 2019
Michelle Mackay               MSc Inclusive Education 2019

The MSc Inclusive Education has been designed for graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in education. Our distinctive approach presents a re-imagined future for learners and teachers, where responding to human diversity is recognised as the point, not the problem, of education.

Enhance your opportunities for employment or advancement in the education field, particularly concerning educational and social disadvantage, additional support for learning and other specialist areas, on this programme. If you are a graduate in education, psychology and related social science backgrounds you will find that the programme builds on your previous study.

You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. You will study particular approaches to removing barriers to learning and including all children.

The programme offers a number of routes, including Postgraduate Diploma specialist pathways designed primarily for people who are teaching or who want to teach in these specialist areas:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners)


The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf has endorsed the PgDiploma Inclusive Education (Deaf Learners) pathway and supports the way it acts as a professional qualification.

The Scottish Association for Visual Impairment Education (SAVIE) has endorsed the PgDiploma Inclusive Education (Visually Impaired Learners) pathway and supports the way it acts as a professional qualification.

You will be taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars, problem-based learning activities, debates and peer group learning. The Master's degree culminates in an independently researched dissertation for another 60 credits.

Compulsory courses:

  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

And one of:

  • Collaborative Working in Children’s Services
  • Education for All
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Teachers as Agents of Change

Option courses:

You will choose around four option courses (80 credits). Option courses are subject to change each year but have previously included:

  • ADHD, Dyspraxia and Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties: an introduction
  • Assessing pupils / students with visual impairment
  • Audiology and audiometry
  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Bilingual Learners and Additional Support Needs
  • Bilingual Learners and Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Collaborative working in children's services
  • Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
  • Education for all
  • Foundations of international child protection
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (visual impairment)
  • Language and communication
  • Teachers as agents of change
  • Placement / Inclusion (for teachers of deaf children)
  • Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia
  • An option course worth up to 40 credits from within Moray House School of Education and Sport or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the Programme Director

Specialist Pathways for Teachers

Our part-time specialist pathways offer practising teachers a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching deaf, visually impaired or bilingual learners. You will meet the Scottish and English governments' mandatory qualification for teaching deaf and visually impaired children and gain greater insight into working with bilingual learners.

Courses particularly aligned to these pathways include:

  • Cerebral Visual Impairment
  • Inclusion of children with visual impairment: policy and practice
  • Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
  • Deaf Studies
  • The developing bilingual learner
  • Professional Placement

Graduates of the MSc Inclusive Education are equipped to:

  • Develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place.
  • Reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice and explore issues in the implementation of educational and social principles and ideals.
  • Engage with and where appropriate influence policy issues and the practice of professionals in relation to the delivery of inclusive education.
  • Develop extended skills in research and enquiry, including the use of literature, reviewing evidence, gathering, organising and evaluating data, responding to evidence and providing critical comment.

Suiting newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners alike, this programme provides a qualification that can open doors to a new career in inclusive and special education or an advanced role in the field.

Many graduates continue or go on to become teachers in schools and further/higher education, taking on leadership positions in education, or specialist or peripatetic teaching posts in relation to visually impaired, deaf or bilingual learners. Some work with NGOs and third sector organisations, in policy positions in education, or go on to doctoral-level research.

It can also provide the foundations for a career in policy formation and development, as well as a broad range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module and 6.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each section and 23 in writing). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module and 176 in writing)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MSc2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)Up to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)Up to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)Up to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgCert (ICL)Up to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK's governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 22 July 2021

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ