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Professional Doctorate in Special Needs (MA, PG Dip, PG Cert) (Available for web-based distance learning).

Course Description

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

The course contains both taught and experiential elements. It covers the theoretical aspects of each area, practical strategies and aspects of self-development. The course is also supplemented by seminars and workshops about study & research skills as well as additional needs such as sensory impairments, speech and language difficulties, and severe learning difficulties.

Students also have the opportunity to volunteer at local schools to gain greater experience via the University’s Active Communities programme. (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/active-communities/)

Course Content

This course comprises four core 30-credit modules and dissertation.

The current modules covered by the MA are:

Understanding and Supporting Students with Reading Difficulties/Dyslexia
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Behaviour and Relationship Management: from theory to practice
Understanding and Supporting Mental Health

Please note that all module details are subject to change.


Two modules are assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words, one module via a reflective journal and one module by a paper presentation.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be 12,000 – 15,000 words (or their equivalent) in one of the selected modules or an approved topic.

Course Structure

The MA in Special Needs can be completed over 1 year of full-time study or 2 to 4 years of part-time study.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Special Needs.

Visit the Special Needs (MA, PG Dip, PG Cert) (Available for web-based distance learning). page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) or or an approved equivalent professional qualification in education, psychology, teacher training or one of the caring professions such as social care, therapy etc. Other subjects may be acceptable if accompanied by 6 months relevant work experience (teaching, voluntary work, support work). English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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