MSc Education (Inclusive Education)
Our education master's degrees give you the opportunity to design a tailored programme of study that suits your learning and professional needs. You will be able to specialise and receive an award in a particular disciplinary area.
This programme focuses on Inclusive Education. It explores and critiques barriers in society that prevent disabled people's (and individuals with labels of 'special' educational needs) inclusion and participation as individuals with rights to citizenship. It rejects charity and individual deficit model interpretations that have - and continue to - place disabled people as in need of charity, cure, treatment and care. The programme draws upon the lived experiences of disabled people, their self-organisation, user-led campaigns for justice and equality in education.
The programme introduces a fundamental conceptual shift in understanding the purpose and function of education, asking questions about who it benefits and who it excludes. Alongside raising questions about the discrimination and exclusion of disabled people from mainstream society, it explores their active participation in education, further and higher education. It critiques the use and notion of 'special' with reference to the shifting educational terminology in contemporary society. It discusses the place of personal experience with reference to the intersectionality between age, gender, 'race', religion, sexuality and social class, and takes a cross-cultural perspective. It draws upon (critical) disability studies within education and is supported by current research, practice and theory. It also explores the policy and legislative context and provides an international perspective, particularly highlighting the issue of human rights.
The programme is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of current research, theory and practice for learners experiencing barriers to participation.
This MSc Education (Inclusive Education) pathway would suit professionals working within the educational sector, from schools, colleges, university, life-long learning and adult education provision. This includes teaching/learning support assistants, coordinators, parents, advocates and individuals working within Disabled Peoples' Organisations (DPOs), and actively encourages the participation and contribution of disabled people.
Our education master's degrees give you the opportunity to select a programme of study tailored towards your interests and learning needs. The range of degrees we offer means you will be able to specialise and receive an award in a particular discipline area.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Education (Inclusive Education). Please note that this pathway consists of core units that all students on the pathway must take and a range of optional units that students can choose from, within availability or timetabling constraints.
Alternatively, you can design your own pathway by opting not to specialise and to take those units that fit with your availability. Units can be taken from across the different specialisms and from our bank of available optional units to build a tailored programme of study, resulting in an award of MSc Education.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes will also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £11,030 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £5,515 per year
- UK: part-time (three years)
- £3,677 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £25,200 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our education graduates to display the following characteristics:
- equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field;
- visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
- high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
- highly employable throughout the world;
- adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.
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