Inclusive Practice, MEd, PgCert or PgDip

Inclusive Practice, MEd, PgCert or PgDip


Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgCert or PgDip
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September or January

Fundamental to the programme is the belief that all learners have the same rights and are of equal worth, irrespective of their current level of attainment, cultural background, race, gender or age. All learners have the right to be educated alongside their peers, and young people's needs are best met through systems of shared responsibility.

The programme aims to help practitioners review and enhance the learning experience of all children and young people, including those with additional support needs. It endeavours to give experienced practitioners the time, opportunity and support to examine existing practice in the light of new research-informed knowledge and insights. It also aims to enable practitioners to build upon the range of experiences and different perspectives found amongst groups of colleagues supporting pupils with additional support needs, in a variety of contexts and settings, by exposing these to sustained discussion and critical appraisal.

A central feature of the course is the use of collaborative enquiry as a tool for creating new knowledge and transforming practice, by synthesising literature, personal and professional reflection and practice.

Available Programmes of Study


Inclusive Practice

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time September or January More

Inclusive Practice

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September or January More

Inclusive Practice

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time September or January More

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £2,300
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.
UK £790
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 30 credits.

Degree Content

Compulsory Courses

  • PD5006 (September Start) or PD5506 (January Start): Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen

Optional Courses

To gain a Certificate in Inclusive Practice students must attain 60 credit points from the following
modular options:

  • ED503R - Research Methods (15 credit points)
  • ED505R - Participative Approaches to Literacy Difficulties (30 credit points)
Curriculum, Transformation and Change (ED50BL)

30 Credit Points

This module examines the concept of change as it relates to the development of inclusive curricula, and considers the influences and assumptions that shape the curriculum. It is designed to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships amongst various organisational systems, and to examine the professional and personal activities that take place within these interconnected systems.

Inclusive Pedagogy (ED5501)

30 Credit Points

The concept of Inclusive Pedagogy has been developed by studying the practice of primary and secondary classroom teachers who think about learning and teaching in a novel way. This approach acknowledges and responds to difficulties that children may face in their learning in ways that respect the dignity of the child in the community of the classroom. This approach leads to innovative partnerships between classroom teachers and other specialists such as additional support needs (ASN). It offers a framework for thinking about learning and teaching that can support planning and classroom practice.

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3000 to £8,500, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Formative assessment is a feature of all courses. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from the work. Assignments focus directly on workplace applications.

Why Study Inclusive Practice?

  • The Inclusive Practice programme has been designed for educators working in a range of educational settings and contexts, who are interested in developing more inclusive approaches to their practice.    
  • The programme aims to help all practitioners review their own practise, extend their skills and knowledge and enhance the learning experience of all children and young people.
  • For online participants inclusive pedagogy normally runs from January to June.
  • Participation and learning coupled with a Focus course runs from August to December. Face to face teaching is normally negotiated with the local authority representatives and offered throughout Scotland.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants will be graduates and will be qualified teachers or other professionals working in a school setting. They must be able to undertake studies related to their own practice in their workplace setting.

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.


You are likely to have a significant role in developing teaching, devising individual programmes, identifying suitable learning tools to meet the needs of all of your students as a specialist in teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • Advisor
  • Specialist Teacher
  • Teacher

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Shannon Babbie

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA