Special Educational Needs and Disability


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This 12 week Special Educational Needs and Disability course (Master's level, 30 credits) is specifically designed to support the needs of students interested in careers in education, practising teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, educational researchers and other professionals. This course will encourage students to critically explore issues related to policy and practice for children with additional needs.

The course aims to develop an understanding of a range of issues related to SEND and inclusion including an overview of how different categories of need can influence children’s learning in the classroom and other environments. A key feature of the course will be to draw on the implications of policy to practice and increase awareness of how practice can be adapted to support the needs of the diverse needs that children can have.

The course will focus on supporting additional needs in both primary and secondary schools but the materials studied can be extended to an adult population. The course will also reflect on international initiative and explore the impact that they have on current policy.

How You Study

The course is organised around a structured set of suggested reading that scaffolds the syllabus, aimed at guiding independent study and focusing bi-weekly seminars and an intensive weekend study school (Friday-Sunday).

Seminar time will be divided between tutor-led discussion of the suggested reading and student-led discussion of issues arising from their own study. These fortnightly seminars will be run in-person and also involve the use of webinar technology so that off-campus students can participate. Video/audio capture technology will also be used for revision purposes and be available alongside teaching materials on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Study schools aim to provide an intensive and challenging period of academic engagement during which students can participate in course-specific seminars and lectures, as well as additional classes relating to the postgraduate experience (e.g. study skills, employment-related, research presentations). Study schools also offer the opportunity for students to learn from each other and gain a broader perspective of approaches to and challenges of postgraduate study in education.

How You Are Assessed

Two written assignments will be undertaken in order to assess learning:

- An essay exploring the impact of models of disability on policy and policy changes (1,500 words - 30%).

- A case study assignment exploring a category of need and its links to policy and practice in a learning environment (3,500 words - 70%).

Contact Hours and Independent Study

  • Participation on taught course (25 hours)
  • Independent study (100 hours)


Credit from this course can contribute towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA Education from the University of Lincoln.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree.  Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and Additional Costs

Cost: £1230 (£41 x 30 credits)

All students are expected to attend a three day study school in Lincoln. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while attending.


For more information please contact Dr. Nikolaos Fotou : nfotou@lincoln.ac.uk / 01522 83 5099