Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Education (Inclusion and Special Needs Education)

This programme aims to develop forms of teaching that reach out to all learners within a class, and to promote the establishment of school conditions that will encourage such developments. On successful completion of the course students will have, for example: developed skills, knowledge and understanding to advanced practitioner level; familiarity with a range of current issues in special/additional needs education and an insight into the implications of these issues; acquired a high level of critical understanding of the theory and practice of contemporary inclusive and special/additional needs education; acquired a high level of understanding of inclusive pedagogy; a comprehensive understanding of exclusion and the relationship between educational special needs and equity issues; a comprehensive understanding of contemporary thinking in the fields of dyslexia and literacy difficulties; developed strategic leadership skills for inclusion; developed a comprehensive understanding of school reform for inclusion; designed and evaluated small scale, real world research related to inclusion and special needs education.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context. Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but have an academic qualification which the School deems acceptable and relevant to the course of study applied to, will be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate extensive (at least 5 years) professional experience in an education, training or other relevant context. This professional experience must have been acquired within the ten years preceding the date of application. Specific Entrance Requirements: A teaching qualification or, if not a teaching qualification, a minimum of 1 year of experience in a formal role within the school or classroom setting; Access to a school and classroom working environment. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Children and young people in 'at-risk' circumstances; contemporary policy, issues and debates in inclusion and special needs education; research methods in education; understanding inclusion.

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed via coursework.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MEd Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MEd Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MEd Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Course Enquiries, School of Education
Telephone number: 
028 9097 5923