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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Education Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Our programme offers strong links between realworld classroom impact, current research and theory. You will recognise that social inclusion is fundamental to educational principles and that current initiatives expect teachers to adopt a flexible approach to diversity of needs.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Education Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Education Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Education Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Programme Overview

Our staff have specialist expertise, and your study will enable you to meet the needs of dyslexic students and develop the professional skills required to identify and support dyslexic individuals in a variety of situations.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application service. For more background information, see How to Apply.

Programme Structure

You will study six modules and produce a dissertation. These will include two SpLD pathway modules which will draw on research from cognitive psychology, neurology, genetics and education, and will cover matters relating to the theoretical background to SpLD and assessment and intervention.




Programme tutor: Jane Warren


Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable. 

The optional AMBDA module attracts a further fee to cover the supervised teaching practice requirement.

Key Facts

  • Study full-time up to 18 months and part-time up to 30 months.
  • September start
  • Contact will be through mix of daytime and/or evening sessions
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“I chose Southampton University because it was recommended to me as outstanding by both colleagues and SEN advisors. I am currently Head of the Resourced Provision for SpLD, at The Wavell School in Farnborough. I work closely with the SENCO ensuring the academic and emotional well-being of the students both in the Resourced Provision and in the wider school.”

Anna Blacklock - MSc Education Specific Learning difficulties (Dyslexia)

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Degree and professional experience

Good honours degree, teaching qualification and minimum of two years’ teaching experience usually required. Applicants working in the post-16 sector may not need a teaching qualification, but will need to demonstrate suitable experience.

International applicants

If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK university, you will be required to provide evidence of competency in English. Because of the complex technical terminology and linguistic subtlety of specific learning difficulties, there will be a special IELTS entry requirement of 7, with nothing below 6.5. You can find fuller details on the Entry requirements page. 

Selection process

Intake: around 20 students

Average applications per place: 3

Selection is by online application. We advise you to check the Entry requirements carefully before submitting your application. We may ask you to have a telephone interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

On the full-time programme, you will take four modules in each semester. With the exception of the dissertation, which has a triple weighting, each module is worth 20 CATS (10 ECTS) credits and is expected to require a total of around 200 hours of study.

Year 1

In this programme, you will normally take four common modules: Understanding education research, Learning and teaching, Policy and curriculum and Dissertation. You will be able to contextualise your assignments to focus on SpLD-related topics, and it is expected that your dissertation will also focus on SpLD.

The two SpLD pathway modules are Introduction to SpLDs, and Assessment and Intervention.

Full-time and part-time study

Full-time study typically follows a schedule of two evenings a week although this can vary depending on the programme. A non-assessed enrichment programme can also be arranged, including attendance at our professional themed lectures and research seminars.

In order to meet BDA requirements, the pathway module Assessment and Intervention and the Professional Practice option are delivered over six full days each. Assessment and Intervention will run for six Thursdays in Semester 2a. The dates of the Professional Practice days will be spread across both semesters.

Semester Two

One of the Semester 2 core modules is common to all MSc Education programmes. The other is specific to the SpLD(Dyslexia) pathway.

The remainder of the semester is allocated to preliminary classes, planning and research work on your dissertation.

Policy and Curriculum
Professional Practice
Assessment and Intervention

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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