Postgraduate study

Inclusive Education MSc

Awards: MSc

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

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Inclusive Education

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.

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 exit 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)

You will be taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars, problem-based learning activities, debates and peer group learning.

Compulsory courses:

  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

Option courses:

You will choose three option courses from this range:

  • Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
  • Collaborative working in children's services
  • Education for all
  • Teachers as agents of change
  • Foundations of international child protection
  • Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (VI)
  • Inclusion of pupils with visual impairment
  • Cerebral VI and profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Audiology and audiometry
  • Language and communication (deaf children)
  • The developing bilingual learner
  • Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia
  • Assessing pupils with visual impairment
  • Bilingualism and other additional support needs
  • Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
  • Specific learning difficulties: co-occurring difficulties
  • Deaf Studies
  • An option course worth up to 40 credits from within the School of Education or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the Programme Director

Dissertation (MSc):

  • Research dissertation

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInclusive EducationUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
MScInclusive Education1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

On successful completion of this programme you will be able 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.

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

We 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: total 100 (at least 20 in each section and 23 in writing)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections and 61 in writing)

  • 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, PTE Academic 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.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInclusive EducationUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
MScInclusive Education1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScInclusive Education2 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 tuition fee 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

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. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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