Inclusion and Marginalisation

MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

While official policy and practice about inclusion might be commendable, what does this mean for the marginalised?

Whether you’re working in education, local government, a charity, or some form of public service, marginalisation is everywhere, effecting people’s livelihoods both on an individual and a community scale. As part of our MA in Inclusion and Marginalisation, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the causes, experiences and consequences of a wide range of marginalising factors, as well as how it is, and might be addressed in the future. As a flexible course, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more about the topics that interest you with the aim of improving your own levels of service and developing professionally.

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Campus Riverside Campus, Chester
Course MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 3-6 Years Part-time
Start date September 2016

As well as offering opportunities to study marginalisation in relation to various areas of specialist knowledge, such as language and communication, you’ll also be encouraged to develop your own understanding through the application of different theoretical and research perspectives, such as ethnography and psychoanalytical frameworks.

The MA in Inclusion and Marginalisation course is offered in the following way:

Campus based - through week-end schools which happen twice a term at our Riverside Campus on Friday evening and Saturday.

Weekend delivery pattern:

  • Fridays 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Saturdays 9:30am - 4:00pm


Why study Inclusion and Marginalisation at Chester?

Our MA in Inclusion and Marginalisation will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issues attendant upon marginalisation and inclusion, and the political, educational, social and other arenas where the issues of marginalisation and inclusion pertain. Your time on the course aims to enable you to successfully demonstrate subject-specific attributes whilst becoming a reflective practitioner and critical thinker who can articulate their views with confidence and conviction. Your professional practice will also be informed by current analysis of the fields within which you are working and pertinent scholarship and research.

The course itself strives to create a friendly, supportive and inclusive learning environment whilst fostering a community of research amongst its students and staff. Find out about some of the lecturers involved on the course: Paul Moran, Anne-Marie Wright, Dean Garatt, Bethan Hulse.

Programme Structure

Modules that deal with specialist areas of knowledge about specific groups of marginalised people are run within the course according to their anticipated demand, and as a reflection of the course’s responsiveness to community need. It is important to understand that the spirit of the course, the intellectual and research commitment towards the notion of community, upon which the course is based, pursues the realisation and understanding of specialist knowledge through the contexts within which people are located, included and marginalised. 

To this end it is of central importance to the course that critical and research insights are developed through the application of theoretical perspectives to specialist areas of knowledge. The course encourages such applications through research undertaken within local contexts, where local refers ordinarily to the region encompassing Chester, but in cases when students are unable to practically undertake research within this area, to the locality where such an undertaking is possible and relevant.

Key themes of the MA Inclusion and Marginalisation are:

  • The development of greater knowledge and understanding of inclusion and marginalisation;
  • The impact of marginalisation on people’s development, experiences and lives;
  • The critical assessment of policy and practices designed to bring about inclusion;
  • Wider social, cultural and community issues that are integral to the study of inclusion and marginalisation;
  • Research methodologies and theoretical perspectives;
  • The promotion of research supported by the application of theoretical frameworks in the areas of inclusion  and marginalisation, often with a particular local focus, as described above.

We believe in flexible forms of assessment. We try to ensure that the assessment for a module or project is matched to the content and learning outcomes. Assessments for projects and dissertations are usually negotiated with tutors. Currently, modules and projects are assessed using a combination of evidence, ranging through:

  • Portfolios of annotated evidence
  • Professional logs
  • Live presentations
  • Observation of practice
  • Video presentations
  • Podcasts or audio diaries
  • Essays/written assignments
  • Journals
  • Reports
  • Articles fit for publication
  • Professional documentation (e.g. policies used within school, planning documents, lesson plans and schemes of work)
  • Briefing documents for colleagues
  • Reflective accounts
  • Dialogic interviews or ‘hothouse tutorials'

Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT)

In Chester, each module is worth 20 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points. CAT points are a nationally recognised system which ensures that there is parity across Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the way their modules and courses are organised.

For postgraduate awards across the UK:

  • 60 credits = a postgraduate certificate
  • 120 credits = a postgraduate diploma
  • 180 credits = a Masters degree

These credits are transferrable and hence, if you have passed modules in other HEIs, you can use them towards your qualification with us, and vice versa.

Hence, a certificate requires the successful completion of 3 modules (or equivalent), a diploma requires the successful completion of 6 modules (or equivalent) and a Masters Degree requires the successful completion of 9 modules (or equivalent).

Extended projects or dissertations usually accumulate more than 20 credits.

Type of Module CATS Cost per Module
Single Modules 20 points £450
Postgraduate Certificate
3 modules
60 points £1350
Postgraduate Diploma
6 modules
120 points £2700
MA Education 5 modules,
Research Methods(1 module)and
Dissertation worth 3 modules.
180 points £4050

In order to gain a named award, specifically either the MA Inclusion and Marginalisation, or Postgraduate Diploma Inclusion and Marginalisation, or Postgraduate Certificate Inclusion and Marginalisation, students must successfully complete all the requisite modules of the award.

  • For an MA Inclusion and Marginalisation: 180 CAT points in the subject, 60 of which must be through a dissertation which takes the subject area as its focus.
  • PG Dip Inclusion and Marginalisation: 120 CAT points in the subject area.
  • PG Cert Education: Inclusion and Marginalisation: 60 CAT points in the subject area.


Final Academic Award

CAT points

Postgraduate Certificate Inclusion and Marginalisation

Any 20 credit and any 40 credit module




Postgraduate Diploma Inclusion and Marginalisation

Any combination of 20 credit and 40 credit modules




MA Inclusion and Marginalisation



Programme Pathway Indicative Routes

The following table shows indicative routes of the part-time MA Inclusion and Marginalisation.




Year  1:

Specialist subject area





Marginalisation: Structure, Agency and Society


20 credits




Choice of one of the following modules:


Marginalisation through Autism

40 credits






Exit with PG Cert


Marginalisation through Language and Communication

40 credits


Marginalisation through Personal and Familial Development

40 credits





Year  2:

Specialist area





Choice of one of the following modules:


Psychoanalytic Frameworks








40 credits






Reading, Writing, Determining Research


20 credits





Exit with PG Dip


Year 3: Research



60 credits

Exit with MA in Marginalisation and Inclusion





Can I transfer credit from other Universities?

Yes through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential learning (APEL). If you have credit that you think may be able to contribute to a qualification contact the CPD Co-ordinator and make an individual appointment to enable us to review your profile.

Study skills support

We offer whole group tuition on Master's-level study including critical thinking, research methods and writing for academic purposes.

Based on previous trends, graduates from the MA in Inclusion and Marginalisation might expect to take one or more of the following routes:

1. Remain in their current positions.

2. Gain promotion within their place of work.

3. Move to a LA's advisory service or a similar position within a charity or NGO.

4. Move to work in Higher Education - either part or full time.

5. Move to work in international, national or regional organisations concerned with inclusion and marginalisation.

The MA in Inclusion and Marginalisation is open to both graduates and non-graduates with professional experience. Graduates will have a background, through previous study (usually in the form of a Bachelor’s degree), to the themes and disciplines of the course.

All candidates for the course will attend a compulsory interview with the Programme Leader to ascertain their suitability to succeed on the course.