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The Autism MA offers a flexible framework of modules which will allow you to tailor your learning around your life. You will benefit from adult learning approaches such as work-based learning, allowing you to gain practical experience.

This course is aimed at allowing you to gain a unique and valuable qualification in autism without having to disrupt your current employment or personal life. 

In the classroom you will engage in a mixture of teacher-led discussions, peer group work and individual presentations. With the core modules we aim to engender master's level, critical understanding of the complex issues around research, policy and practice in autism.

In many cases you will be able to customise the project modules towards your specific area of interest through the selection of your research questions.

In all of the modules that constitute the course, there are both formative and summative assessments. A variety of approaches are used across the framework, including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. 

You will be supported by a diverse and extremely well qualified range of research active staff. The accessibility of our staff is paramount to this course and our unique and dedicated approach to student support truly sets us apart from other institutions. We will build your confidence and offer unwavering support.

Our master's in autism in a unique and niche qualification which will ensure that your knowledge is absolutely abreast of new theories and learning in autism. Theory and knowledge of autism is constantly growing and evolving and you will be at the forefront.

You will learning from teachers who bring in first hand knowledge of working in industry. You will graduate with a comprehensive and rare level of expertise in autism, preparing you for specialist roles in your career.

We welcome applications from a broad range of backgrounds and will consider each individual application on its merit. We are most interested in the individual reasons for you interest and we would encourage you to apply if you have transferable skills from less traditional academic backgrounds, such as industry or even personal experience.

If you have any queries then please do contact our programme leader who can answer any questions on a personal basis, a response may not be immediate but please be assured that you will receive a reply; irenie.lowry@northumbria.ac.uk

The Autism MA offers a flexible framework of modules which will allow you to tailor your learning around your life. You will benefit from adult learning approaches such as work-based learning, allowing you to gain practical experience.

This course is aimed at allowing you to gain a unique and valuable qualification in autism without having to disrupt your current employment or personal life. 

In the classroom you will engage in a mixture of teacher-led discussions, peer group work and individual presentations. With the core modules we aim to engender master's level, critical understanding of the complex issues around research, policy and practice in autism.

In many cases you will be able to customise the project modules towards your specific area of interest through the selection of your research questions.

In all of the modules that constitute the course, there are both formative and summative assessments. A variety of approaches are used across the framework, including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. 

You will be supported by a diverse and extremely well qualified range of research active staff. The accessibility of our staff is paramount to this course and our unique and dedicated approach to student support truly sets us apart from other institutions. We will build your confidence and offer unwavering support.

Our master's in autism in a unique and niche qualification which will ensure that your knowledge is absolutely abreast of new theories and learning in autism. Theory and knowledge of autism is constantly growing and evolving and you will be at the forefront.

You will learning from teachers who bring in first hand knowledge of working in industry. You will graduate with a comprehensive and rare level of expertise in autism, preparing you for specialist roles in your career.

We welcome applications from a broad range of backgrounds and will consider each individual application on its merit. We are most interested in the individual reasons for you interest and we would encourage you to apply if you have transferable skills from less traditional academic backgrounds, such as industry or even personal experience.

If you have any queries then please do contact our programme leader who can answer any questions on a personal basis, a response may not be immediate but please be assured that you will receive a reply; irenie.lowry@northumbria.ac.uk

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
28 Months Part-Time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

The Autism MA offers a flexible framework for busy professionals studying part time. The focus is on enabling students to tailor the course to their own needs.

In the classroom you will engage in a mixture of teacher-led discussions, peer group work and individual presentations. With the core modules we aim to engender Master's level critical understanding of the complex issues around research, policy and practice in autism.

 As part of your studies, you will write a dissertation and you will be able to customise this  towards your specific area of interest through the selection of your research questions.

In all of the modules that constitute the course, there are both formative and summative assessments. A variety of approaches are used across the framework, including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. 

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Staff are all leading experts in the field of autism, specialising in areas such as psycho-education, Asperger syndrome and the development of inclusive teaching and learning strategies. Academic standards are high, but you will also benefit from a practitioner viewpoint.

The Autism MA is for people with experience of ASD, so teaching is at an advanced level. We invite visiting lecturers to connect students with exceptional people and practice in the field of autism. You will learn from specialists in contemporary issues such as mental health resilience, ageing and autism, regional services and communications needs of autistic people.

Staff who teach on this route: Dr Irenie Lowry & Joanna Reynolds.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience Autism MA

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

Northumbria University is the largest North East provider of CPD in Education.

Specialist facilities include the Library and the experiences of fellow students who are all professionals in the field of autism. Peer support is important in developing understanding from a range of perspectives and educational contexts and developing your skills in working collaboratively with others.

You will benefit from technology enhanced learning. Each module within the course will have its own e-learning site. This will enable the sharing of all learning materials, enhance rapid communication with all group members and enable students to use peer forums.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience Autism MA

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

The Department of Social Work, Education and Community Well-being has a range of research experience and interests. Academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing autism research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education.

During the course your research will be supported by rigorous critical enquiry and discourse. As a result you will extend, develop and enhance your ability to evaluate and challenge the underlying assumptions surrounding educational policy and practice within the context of autism. In addition, you will develop your capacity to re-interpret practice through participation in the learning and teaching strategies employed throughout the course.

Many students choose to research the key areas of difficulty in autism: social understanding, sensory issues, communication, sexuality and forensic issues.

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience Autism MA

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

Most students who enrol on the Autism MA are currently employed, and seeking to enhance career opportunities through a specialist knowledge of autism. The Autism MA will equip you with a valuable range of transferable skills from the academic to the practical and interpersonal.

By undertaking the MA in Autism, you are laying strong foundations for career development as a leader in autism in organisations such as schools, hospitals, the community, social services inspectorate, the police service, charities and parent organisations. There is significant evidence that this course will give your career an edge.

Assessments throughout the course offer you opportunities to consider, discuss, analyse and evaluate your practice in relation to theoretical concepts and ideas. This process facilitates critical reflection on work related problems and how they might be resolved.

The skills that are required in such assessments reflect many of the component features of employability, such as independent learning, team working, communication, analysis, critical reflection and self-awareness.

These advanced skills are valued in many fields including teaching, speech therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social services.

 

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience Autism MA

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject area, or a relevant professional qualification.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualification</</

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject area, or a relevant professional qualification.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualification</</

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,170

Full EU Fee: £7,170

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs



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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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