MEd Inclusive Education

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MEd Inclusive Education is a two year part-time course, 90 credits in total. 

We are offering direct entry to the MEd Inclusive Education programme for recent graduates of the UCD Graduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education W424 who have achieved a 2.1 degree or higher. The course is a one-year part-time course consisting of 30 ECT credits in total with 20 credits allocated to a thesis and 10 credits allocated to core research methods.

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The aim of this programme is to enable students to explore and understand the core issues relating to the Inclusive Education of a range of groups of learners who are at risk of exclusion from, or reduced participation within, the education system, whether on basis of (dis)ability, or social, cultural or linguistic background, It also aims to familiarise students with the latest national and international research in relation to Inclusive Education.

It critically explores current discourses in relation to Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, Disability and Additional Educational Needs.  

It examines a range of types of disabilities and additional educational needs, in relation to aetiology, characteristics and appropriate inclusive interventions. 

It critically examines various approaches to the organisation of provision for students with disabilities/additional educational needs, including an exploration of the role, if any, of special schools within an inclusive education system

Careers & Employability

This Masters qualification in Inclusive Education will further the careers of Special Education Teachers, enabling them to perform a co-ordinating and managerial role in relation to provision for pupils with Additional Educational Needs in schools.

It will enhance the knowledge and expertise of  aspiring school leaders at all levels within the school.

It will enable SET teachers to apply for national and regional roles within the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), including, but not confined to, the roles of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) and Visiting Teachers providing consultative services to schools.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Honours Primary Degree

Prior qualification and experience in the area of Additional Educational Needs/Inclusive Education desirable.

Graduates who achieve a 2.1 degree or higher on the full-time UCD Graduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education W424 have the option of applying to transfer directly into Year 2 of the MEd Inclusive Education W425. Applicants who are offered a place in Year 2 of this prorgamme can obtain this Masters qualification by completing one module in Research Methods and a thesis.

This is a two-year part-time programme, delivered in blended/online format, resulting in a 90-credit Masters qualification.  Modules will be delivered by synchronous online lectures over two hours at evening  time, with some onsite activities organised outside of normal working hours, such as on Saturdays.  

The components of this 90- Credit Master’s qualification in Inclusive Education are:

Thesis (30 credits)

4 x  10 credit core modules (including Research Methods)

2 X  10 credit option modules, selected from 3 options

  • The course content is informed by the most up-to-date and progressive thinking in relation to Inclusive Education.
  • It emphasises a systemic approach to Inclusive Education, incorporating a biopsychosocial approach to disabilities and additional educational needs and is informed by Systems Theory and Organisational Psychology.
  •  It focuses on the inclusion of a range of potentially marginalized and minority groups within the education system.
  • It links theory and practice in relation to Inclusive Education.
  • It has the potential to inform and enhance the practice of range of professionals within the education system, including mainstream teachers, Special Education Teachers, and management personnel.

  • Critique contemporary international and national discourses and paradigms in inclusive education and models of educational provision for pupils with disabilities. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology, characteristics and diagnostic procedures associated with key disabilities

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Core Modules:

  • Research Thesis
  • Research Methods 1
  • Research Methods 2
  • Inclusion and Equality in Education
  • Inclusive Education for Pupils with AEN

Option Modules:  2 of the following options:

  • Children’s Rights and Participation
  • Wellbeing of Children and Youth
  • Equalities and Social Justice


MEd Inclusive Education (W425) Part Time
EU          Year 1 - € 5250 de
nonEU    Year 1 - € 10250
EU          Year 2 - € 5250 de

de€3,536 direct entry to year two requires a pre requisite of successful completion of 60 ECTS; the fee rate for direct entry to year 2 applies to 30 ECTS only.
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

An honours Primary Degree is required

Prior qualification and experience in the area of Additional Educational Needs/Inclusive Education desirable.

Students who complete the full-time Graduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education have the option of transferring directly into Year 2 of the MEd Inclusive Education and obtaining this qualification by completing one module in Research Methods and a thesis.

The following entry routes are available:

MEd Inclusive Education PT (W425)
2 Years
Part Time