Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education

Hibernia College

Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education

The Masters/Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education has been developed jointly by Hibernia College and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe and is currently pending validation.

The programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and learning difficulties and is underpinned by the latest national and international research.

The modular structure and online model of delivery make this programme particularly suitable to teachers seeking a more flexible postgraduate option due to personal circumstances, work or other commitments.

Programme Structure

This blended programme will be delivered mainly online, providing a flexible route to specialist training for educators, and will be offered on a modular, part-time basis offering maximum flexibility.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive and Special Education comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and can be completed in one year. Students can take longer if they wish.

The Master of Arts in Inclusive and Special Education comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and a research and dissertation component (30 ECTS) and can be completed in two years or more.

The programme is set up to be flexible, agile and individualised, allowing participants to tailor modules to their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests.

Modules are delivered over a 12-week period, as a distance learning module with live classes delivered every second week. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with peers in online class discussions. Modules are based on continuous assessment and there are no exams.


Inclusive Education and Special Education Needs is a core module (15 ECTS) and must be completed in the first teaching term, either as a single module or alongside an elective module.

Participants can choose three of the following elective modules:

  • General Learning Disabilities : Understanding and Best Practice (15 ECTS)
  • Dyslexia and Literacy (15 ECTS)
  • Understanding Autism : Effective Management and Teaching Strategies (15 ECTS)
  • Understanding Behaviour as Communication (15 ECTS)

Those progressing to MA level will also complete a Research Methods module and a 12,000-word thesis (30 ECTS).

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a Pass, or equivalent, in an honours bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant area.


An applicant whose first language/primary mode of expression is not English will be required to produce evidence of English competence.

How can I learn more about the programme?

If you have any questions about the programme, feel free to contact our Enrolment Team on 01 661 0168 (option 2) or .