London South Bank University

Course Introduction

MA Education Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is a professional and academic degree that provides an in'depth understanding of inclusive practice in education across the age range (in keeping with the 0'25 framework in the Children and Families Act 2014). The degree is relevant from early years to post'compulsory education in a wide variety of settings. The diverse requirements of learners identified with SEND and best practice to support inclusive learning and achievement will be explored. You'll be encouraged to critically engage with relevant theory and legislation contextualised and applied in practice. The course is informed by the experiences of disabled people and based on the principles on 'nothing about us without us'.

The theoretical aspects of the programme will deepen your understanding of the application of theory to practice, the legislative context and inclusive learning.

You'll develop a particular strand of interest into the dissertation and have opportunities to disseminate your findings to the work place and throughout the course. The Centre for Educational Research has a number of ongoing disability focused research projects and hosts the Disability Equality Research Network (DERN). This provides a vibrant supportive environment for your research and ensures that course content is always research'informed.

Course Modules

Modules: Research methods; dissertation.

Option modules: Teaching and learning: the needs of learners with special needs, autism and disability; autism, individuality and identity; special education needs and disability (SEND); understanding autism and learning; part 1 and 2 SENCO national award.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Good honours degree or equivalent. Please discuss your qualifications with the admissions tutor if you are unsure.