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Update for September 2020

As part of our commitment to review of our continuing professional learning provision, this programme is likely to be removed from September 2020 and be replaced by our new MEd Education Studies (with pathway options).

Find out more about our proposed MEd Education Studies


The UWS Masters course in Inclusive Education is a part-time qualification and is ideal if you are a teacher or a professional teaching and/or supporting learning in a mainstream school or other inclusive educational setting.

With increasing diversity in society being reflected in the classroom, where children and young people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities and needs learn together, we believe that it is becoming progressively more important that teachers and other professionals working in mainstream schools or other inclusive educational settings develop appropriate responses to diversity.

Through our Masters' course, we will support you as you strive to make all learners feel included, and to provide for them learning experiences that are relevant and accessible.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Deadline for submission of applications for the next intake of students is Friday 6th December 2019.

Academic Requirements

You should normally have a teaching qualification or a first degree in a relevant area plus practical experience in the field of inclusive education.

Applications from those without a first degree but with other relevant academic credentials and considerable practical experience in the field of inclusive education will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

The MEd Inclusive Education is delivered fully online. 

Our course offers three distinct exit stages: Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert - (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip - (additional 60 credits), and MEd (additional 60 credits).

Successfully completing any three of the modules listed below will enable you to exit with the PgCert Inclusive Education or proceed to the PgDip. Successfully completing five of the following modules plus the module Educational Research will enable you to exit with the PgDip Inclusive Education or proceed to the MEd. Successfully completing five of the following modules, plus the module Educational Research and the master's dissertation will give you exit with the award of the MEd Inclusive Education.

For the PgCert stage, you will study any three of the following modules:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (optional, 20 credits)
  • Dyslexia (optional, 20 credits)
  • Inclusive Practice (optional, 20 credits)
  • Participation and Children's Rights (optional, 20 credits)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgCert stage allows you to proceed to the PgDip stage, where you will study the following core module:

  • Educational Research (core for the diploma; 20 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you require an additional two 20 credit modules from the list above.

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Research Project Dissertation (60 credits)

Throughout our course, you are given opportunities to use the principles of practitioner enquiry, such as the need to engage in professional dialogue about, systematic reflection on, and evidence-based enhancement of practice to explore the themes of each module in their professional context.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Learning

The MEd Inclusive Education is designed to be delivered, administered and supported entirely through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Every module in the MEd is constructed around the same basic architecture which ensures continuity for students as they progress. Each module ‘site’ typically has the following areas: Announcements, Teaching and Support Staff Information, Programme Information, Module Information, Module Readings, Module Materials, Assessment, Discussion Board.

The fact that the MEd Inclusive Education is delivered entirely online means that there are some specific challenges in ensuring appropriate and effective student guidance and support. Our strategy to overcome these challenges includes the following:

  • A clear online participation and communication protocol shared with prospective participants at the time they express interest in pursuing the programme. This includes the provision of ‘service level’ statements which ensure that participant expectation levels are established prior to embarkation on the programme. This avoids misunderstanding and miscommunication arising.
  • Appropriate and meaningful online induction: New participants to the online environment are provided with a two-week online induction period prior to the formal commencement of a module, whilst continuing participants are afforded the opportunity of a one week module orientation period. The induction period in both cases is designed to allow all participants to overcome any technical issues and to familiarise themselves with the environment in general terms thus enabling participants to focus on the learning from day 1 of the module. It is also designed to foster a “community of professional practice” based on a socially constructivist model of online learning. The induction period continues to be refined in light of experiences and best practice originating from local, national and international research in this area.

This programme will be delivered entirely online through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Within Moodle, participants make use of e-learning methods such as remotely accessing set and extension readings and other course materials, and on-line and asynchronous communication with tutors and fellow participants including the use of e-mail and discussion boards.


Formative and summative assessments are used including such instruments as contributions to online discussion threads, reflective statements, reports, and essays. Assessment details are published on the relevant Moodle sites at the outset of each module, together with links to appropriate documents such as the UWS assessment regulations and guides to academic writing and referencing. Programme and Module Handbooks also detail all aspects of assessment and contain clear references to the UWS regulatory framework and other relevant policies. All assessments relate to SCQF Level 11.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MEd Inclusive Education Course Structure


Our Inclusive Education course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that make you well suited to pursue positions of responsibility in the areas of inclusion and support for learning.

Professional and personal development abilities are greatly enhanced, and you will be perfectly poised to undertake positions of leadership as well as seeking new opportunities in this exciting field.

Tuition Fees

Module Fee: Online version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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