Please note, the next two intakes will start in

September 2022 and January 2023.

MA Dissertation

The dissertation is the final stage of the journey towards an MA in Educational Leadership or in SEND and Inclusion depending on the focus of your project. The module will enable those who currently hold 120 Masters Level credits gained through the SENCO Masters Suite programme to achieve a further 60 credits, resulting in the completion of an MA.

Course Delivery

You will receive five face to face teaching sessions and 10 hours of supervision. The teaching sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Introduction to carrying out a Dissertation;
  • Research focus emerging from literature review;
  • Research approaches and data collection;
  • Managing and presenting data. Analysis and interpretation;
  • Drawing conclusions, impact and dissemination.

Teaching sessions will be held from January to June, with the exact dates to be confirmed in the Autumn Term prior to the start of the module. Each face to face session will comprise a half-day teaching session and optional supervision in the afternoon.

There are likely to be two venue options for the teaching sessions:
Group 152 Virtual Classroom or the University of Hertfordshire Hatfield Campus.


The focus of your project and the research approach will be arrived at through the teaching and supervision sessions. The dissertation you complete will be submitted at the end of the summer term, and will contain 12,000 words.


This is the final step of the SENCO Masters Suite journey for SENCOs who have successfully completed the National Award for SEN Coordination, Advanced SENCO Award and the SENCOs as Leaders Award.

Please note, a grade will be given for your dissertation, however your final MA certificate will be ungraded due to the journey through from National Award to completion being through a ‘short-course’ route. Should you wish for further explanation, please contact Angela Scott at

Entry Requirements

Participants must hold 120 Masters Level Credits achieved through successful completion of the National Award for SEN Coordination, Advanced SENCO Award and SENCOs as Leaders Award.

Benefits to You

  • Access to a range of professionals who will help you to carry out an in-depth study which will help you to complete your dissertation.
  • Opportunities to network with other SENCOs from across the country.
  • A co-ordinated approach to offering advice and guidance.
  • Deepening your understanding, knowledge, and ability to further build on learning gained from previous SENCO Masters Suite programmes.

Further Information

If you would like to talk to someone about this course or if you have questions about the MA in Educational Leadership or in SEND and Inclusion, please contact Angela Scott at


The indicative cost of the MA Dissertation is £3,240.


“The quality and relevance of the training throughout the suite of Master’s level modules means it has remained the single most influential piece of Special Educational Needs CPD I have completed in over 20 years of teaching. Completing the Master’s dissertation was the culmination of a significant, but highly relevant and thought provoking journey that still impacts on my practice today. The level of supervision throughout was supportive yet challenging. The practice-based-research-approach meant that the work I undertook for my dissertation impacted on policy and practice in my setting.”

 – Successful Master’s Suite SENCO, Cambridgeshire.

How to register

Please click the Register button below to complete the online form and register your interest for the MA Dissertation.