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MA/PGCert Inclusion and Special Educational Needs

Inclusion is part of a modern education system and as countries around the world adopt legislation that increases access for students with disabilities- there is a greater need for specialists and that is increasing every day. Learn more with the Inclusion and Special Educational Needs programme from University of Birmingham.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 3 years (MA)
1 year (PGCert)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: AED 33,301 per year
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UAE is leading the region in inclusive initiatives from Expo 2020 to their schools. New education policies across the country have increased the need of schools and organizations to hire experts in disability, inclusion and special education needs. The University of Birmingham has always been a leading research and teaching institution in the area of disability, inclusion and special needs, now that expertise is available in Dubai.

Why study this degree?

Our part-time ISEN course is tailored for students wanting to practise in Dubai, but is flexible enough to give you an understanding of the global legislation. We will encourage you to be critical thinkers, considering disability in different contexts to give you a broad understanding of disability, culture and inclusion.

  • This flexible degree looks at disability in an international context, allowing you to personalise your learning, and practise your expertise anywhere in the world
  • We create advocates for inclusion and seek ways to break down barriers
  • We use multiple assessments that allow you to showcase your learning in a meaningful way, from school improvement plans to academic essays
  • You will study in a supportive international hub; we have had students from around the world including: India, Pakistan, Lebanon, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. This will enable you to discuss disability and schooling systems with colleagues from around the globe, creating a deeper understanding of the complexity of disability.

Courses included:

  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Inclusion: Individual & Group Differences
  • Evaluation and Policy Analysis for Inclusive Education
  • Specialist modules

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


You will benefit from a Russell Group university education, and will leave the University of Birmingham Dubai a better communicator with a globally respected qualification that is identical to our UK qualification.

Education in the UAE is booming and there is a growth in the need for inclusion specialists. Our strong focus on connecting research to practice creates reflective practitioners who contribute positively to their school and the wider education community.


  • A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.
  • Two references, of which one must be academic (e.g. previous university tutor) and one professional, that confirms your current role in an educational setting and evidences your motivation and ability to study.
  • A Personal Statement (minimum 500 – 500 words) on your motivation for and commitment to wanting to complete this programme of study as well as information about your educational context.
  • If English is not your first language you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English through the completion of an academic level IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve a score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 across all four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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