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M.A. (Special Inclusive Education)

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
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Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham, UK
Course DurationFT:1-2 Yrs ; PT:2-4 Yrs
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Fees46000/Course
Fees (International Student)55200/Course
CampusMalaysia
FacultyFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyMasters Degree Level
Field of StudyEducation (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
Mode of StudyBy Coursework
Course Description

This programme is designed for teachers or other professionals who have an interest in increasing their knowledge and skills in the field of special needs.

The MA Special and Inclusive Education is suitable if you are:

  • interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs 
  • working as a teacher or associated professional in mainstream education or specialised settings wishing to extend your skills and practice 
  • an experienced professional or new to working with children with additional needs 
  • Malaysia-based or an international student

The programme offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches. We focus on the specific needs of children with learning difficulties and disabilities, communication impairments, literacy difficulties/dyslexia, autism and ADHD to illustrate the challenges encountered in professional practice. 

Critical exploration of current theory and research inform consideration of pedagogical approaches as well as the development of effective systems and structures for working with parents/carers and different agencies.

This programme provides high quality professional development that offers flexibility for students to pursue areas of interest and specialisms. 


Advantages of studying MA Special and Inclusive Education at Nottingham

The internationally respected MA Special and Inclusive Education qualification supports career progression through:

  • evaluating effective approaches to supporting disabled children and young people including those with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties and/or personal, social, emotional and behaviour difficulties 
  • exploring values and beliefs, policy, legislation, multi-agency working and involvement of families and disabled children and young people 
  • building confidence in your professional practice skills 
  • promoting personal development through reflection and critical analysis of your own beliefs and practices
  • increasing your academic and research skills which will support future doctorate level study including, for example, a Doctorate in Education or Educational Psychology or a PhD Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators

Course structure

For the MA in Education: Special and Inclusive Education, you will need to successfully complete 180 credits. This will be composed of two core modules and two electives of 30 credits each. In addition, you will need to submit a dissertation, worth 60 credits, in a subject related to one of the modules and approved by your tutor. 


Assessment

Modules are assessed via a 6,000 word assignment. The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of approximately 12,000–15,000 words on an approved topic.

Curriculum

Core modules 

Debating Special and Inclusive Education
 
Researching Special and Inclusive Education
 
Dissertation 
 

Elective modules 

Students are required to choose two out of the three elective modules that we offer in each academic year.  

Communication and Literacy 
 
Education for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Online)
 
Responding Mindfully to Challenging Behavior
 

 

Meet the tutor

Please note that we offer only one or two modules at each teaching time point.

To maximise your study period, we highly encourage that you align your programme start date with the first module of your choice.

Please email the programme coordinator if you need help with module selection.

Programme coordinator:
 Dr Wong Tze Peng  

You can view the 2020 course timetable and note this is subject to change. 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Relevant experience may be required for some of the programmes. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

Malaysians applying as a matured student without the standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience (and have successfully passed APEL’s assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency) may be considered for an entry at the Postgraduate Certificate Level. Admission is at the discretion of the School.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Intake Months

February, June, September and November

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.


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