Postgraduate taught 

Inclusive Education: Research, Policy & Practice MEd

Students having a discussion

Inclusion and equity are global priorities in education according to the United Nations. This programme considers learner diversity (e.g. disability) and encourages practitioners to critically engage with questions such as: Which learners are disadvantaged or excluded in our education systems? How can we develop socially just practices, policies and research, that support the access, participation and achievement of all learners?

  • MEd: 12 months full-time : 72 months (maximum) part-time

Why this programme

Students talk about their experience.
  • This programme has been developed to encourage practitioners to develop and deepen their knowledge and experience in the area of inclusive education by critically engaging with research, policy and practice.
  • Our courses will support learners to critically engage with the concepts of Special and Inclusive Education, Additional Support for Learning (ASL), Special Educational Needs (SEN) with a view to develop practitioners who are committed to the development of equitable and socially just education contexts.
  • Our research-informed courses cover topics such as disability, autism, behavior, labelling, gifted and talented, dyslexia, inclusive pedagogy, curriculum, Universal Design for Learning, equity and educational disadvantage.
  • The learning processes are intended to assisting practitioners to gain confidence in their ability to create positive, inclusive environments for learners in current, rapidly changing educational contexts.
  • The MEd/ PGDip/ PGCert in Inclusive Education: Research, Policy and Practice has been designed to meet the needs of national and international practitioners who can complete their degrees as full-time or part-time students. 
  • You can tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit to your interests and work.

Programme structure

Courses are delivered through a combination of lecture and seminar sessions which encourage practitioners to reflect on their experiences and to critically engage with theory, research, policy and practice. The diverse student population (home and international students who are class teachers from early years to secondary level, special education professionals, head teachers, education administrators, Higher Education lecturers) creates rich learning environments where we aim to create an inclusive ethos, in which collaboration, peer and active learning play a key role.

Full-time students are expected to complete their degree (180 credits) in 1 year and to select the day courses (SM01).

Part-time students can be enrolled in 3 different routes (which can build on one another):
PGCert: 60 credits, 12 months (1 year)
PGDip: 120 credits, 24 months (2 years)
MEd: 180 credits, up to 60 months (5 years)

Core courses

The programme runs in different modalities, it is important that you select the option that is most appropriate for your situation (SM01 = day, SM02 = evening, SM03 = distance). All course codes should be added:

  • SM01 for day time/ full time students
  • SM02 for evening students
  • SM03 for distance students

Optional courses may include

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme will support your career development as an inclusive practitioner. It will support class teachers from the early years to the secondary level, special education professionals, head teachers and other professionals in educational leadership roles, education administrators, Higher Education lecturers and researchers in their professional development with regards to policy, research and practice in the field of inclusive education.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22



  • Full-time fee: £2889
  • Part-time fee: £321 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £20750

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in Education related subjects.

Experience of working in educational contexts (e.g. class teachers from early years, primary or secondary education, special education professionals, head teachers and other professionals in educational leadership roles, education administrators, Higher Education lecturers) with an interest in inclusive education and responding to student diversity in equitable and socially just ways.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your refereeā€™s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

September 2020

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes commencing September 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 10 August 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2020

November 2020

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing November 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 28 September 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 19 October 2020

January 2021

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing January 2021 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 27 November 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 15 December 2020
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