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MA/PGCert Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties)

On the Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) programme from University of Birmingham, you will develop the key skills and expertise to meet the needs of pupils with SEBD.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 3 years (MA)
1 year (PGCert)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £7,050 per year
Location: Online

This Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of inclusive practice by focusing on the distinctive learning needs of pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD).

Through this degree, you will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and critiques of research, educational policy and practice and have the opportunity to investigate historical and cultural aspects of disability. If you work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour, disaffection and disengagement with schooling, then it will be relevant to you.

Courses included:

  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Health: Identification, Assessment and Provision
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Health: Strategies, Interventions and Approaches
  • Inclusion: Universal and Specialist Approaches

“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


The MA Inclusion (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) degree is ideal for those working in settings which provide education for children and young people with SEBD. It is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in dealing with pupils with challenging behaviour within educational settings.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These include: specialist teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, teaching assistants, youth workers, behaviour managers and counsellors.


  • Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline. Vocational qualifications are accepted as criteria for entry to this course.
  • Most students will have some relevant professional experience and all applicants are encouraged to gain relevant experience in educational, care or other professional settings before, and during, embarking on a programme of study.
  • Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

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