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Gain a deeper knowledge of your teaching practice and contemporary educational debates with a Master's degree in Inclusive Practice.

  • Advance your professional skills and expertise in inclusive practice through the development of a research culture.
  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using your knowledge to drive effective change in inclusive practice.
  • Study this degree in person at St Mary's University or through the blended or online options.
  • Access to excellent tutorial and supervisory support.

Why study Education: Inclusive Practice?

This degree is relevant to anyone involved in teaching and learning with an interest in inclusive education. It offers teachers and other education professionals (such as teaching assistants and mentors) at any stage in their career - and working in any phase of schooling - a chance to develop their practice.

The programme develops your ability to reflect critically on classroom practice. It focusses on advancing your pedagogical understanding as a reflective inclusive practitioner.

You'll gain a wider comprehension of key issues in the field of inclusive education. You’ll also develop a critical understanding of research methodologies through the planning and conducting of a small-scale enquiry into an issue of your own choice. This research should lead you to evidence-informed innovation. Your research will further your understanding of your teaching practice and that of your institution.

You can study face-to-face, online or a mix of the two. Blended study combines elements of online learning with intensive face-to-face learning on study days. This will allow you to fit your studies around your current commitments, regardless of your location.

Why St Mary's?

This programme builds on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education. As well as its flexible structure, the success of this degree lies in bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered.

You'll work with - and learn from - a team of lecturers with a background in teaching, management and leadership, as well as experience in research and consultancy.

On returning to your school you'll be able to use your knowledge to drive effective change. The degree will allow you to apply your learning to practical situations within your own teaching context and begin to engage with contemporary educational debates.

You'll have access to excellent online learning resources. You'll also have access to our dedicated library for education students, with numerous study spaces, IT facilities and a café.

Education degree pathways

This degree is one pathway from within our Education Master's programme, which includes:


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Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

You will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by the University.

Additional requirement information

Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required.

Accredited prior learning

Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE, National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

  • Concepts and Debates in Inclusive Practice Core
  • Research Design Core
  • Inclusive Pedagogy in the Classroom Core
  • Change Agency and Strategy: From Research to Practice Core
  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is evident from the high proportion of MA Education graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior educational leadership positions.

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue doctoral studies on either a Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Education) or a PhD.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials.

Modules are taught either at St Mary’s through intensive Saturday Schools (approximately monthly) or study days in school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Reflective journals
  • Research proposals
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Seminar and conference presentations.

Modes of study

You can choose to attend monthly Saturday schools at our London campus or via video conferencing as a distance learning student. Saturday schools run between 10am-3pm.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2021

  • Home: £6,750
  • International: £13,950

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact mary.mihovilovic@stmarys.ac.uk.

Facilities

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