MA Inclusive Education

Are you an experienced education practitioner with a particular interest in inclusive education? If so, this course aims to address your professional development needs and help you understand how to implement and support approaches that provide fair access to learning for all.

Inclusive Education

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Equality of opportunity in education is an important, but often overlooked or misunderstood, aspect of an educationalist’s responsibilities. Designing and delivering education that is accessible to learners with specific needs can transform the lives of those individuals. Inclusive education can fundamentally change the opportunities available to them in wider society, improve their life chances and benefit society as a whole. The need for highly trained, passionate and creative educationalists with expertise in this field has never been greater.

Aimed at existing education professionals, this contemporary and stimulating master’s degree provides opportunities to critically evaluate current national and international policies relating to equity, equality and inclusion. You’ll study the principles and theories that underpin best practice in inclusive education and consider the implications of this knowledge for your own practice.

We’ll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems, especially those surrounding diversity in a multicultural society. You’ll also have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem solving, autonomy and professional accountability.

Highlights
  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers help to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • You can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.
Key Features
  • Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts offer face-to-face and blended sessions as well as one-to-one support.
  • We embed the concepts and practice of inter-professional working throughout the programme.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • We'll support you to develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master’s-level project.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.
Professional recognition


  • Normally, you’ll have at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and appropriate work experience.
  • An initial qualification in teaching, if this is not formally part of your first degree, is desirable and experience in the education sector is strongly advised because you’ll need to critically reflect on your experience and relate theory to practice.
  • Your application form must be accompanied by a 250 word reflective statement.
  • Two references highlighting your potential to produce master’s level (level 7) academic work will be required.
  • We may wish to interview you as part of the application process. This may be on an open day, over the telephone or via video conferencing.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our MA Inclusive Education is ideal if you’re an education professional seeking to develop your professional career. Whether you work in a school, FE college or university, this master’s programme will help you to progress into leadership roles or develop leadership in the crucial area of inclusion.

A master’s programme at the University of Bolton will help you to demonstrate a range of key transferable skills, such as interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills (both oral and written), and the ability to work independently. You’ll learn how to explore educational research and demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can inform an understanding of issues and practice.

What can I do with this qualification?

This MA aims to accelerate promotion in the careers of professionals working in inclusion in schools and other settings. Depending on your prior experience and career history, you could seek positions such as Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year, Head of Inclusion or Assistant Head of Inclusion, Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. The course will also benefit social workers working with looked after children, and inclusion workers working with social services.


Course fees

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2022/2023.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


This course is designed to help you develop and build on your current knowledge and experience as an education practitioner. Experience and practice underpinned by informed research are valued and drawn upon throughout.

We’ll use a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies on this course. These may include lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, collaborative discussion and group work, debates and tutorials. You can also expect a range of assessment methods, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and course work. Your learning journey will be supported by the intensive use of technology and multimedia resources.

Personal and independent study is essential and you should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Equality in Education
  • Policy and Curriculum Development
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 84%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Daniela Bacova
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

D.Bacova@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903219

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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