Why this course?
The MEd Autism is suitable for students looking to pursue part-time study in this area. It's ideal for those seeking a qualification whilst working that will enhance professional practice.
The MEd Autism provides a critical understanding of the conceptual frameworks relevant to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This Master’s level course enables you to understand complex cognitive and affective theories essential to supporting the autism profile.
This knowledge will enable you to translate theory into practice and to critically evaluate evidence-based approaches to intervention. Our philosophy that autistic people require a holistic approach throughout their life journey means you can draw upon experiences of our multi-professional student cohort. Our students include leading professionals, students on the spectrum and those with dual professional-parental experiences. Your learning will be inspired from input provided by internationally respected autism experts.
Our multi-professional programme in autism is the first of its type in Scotland. The course is available part-time, both on campus and via distance learning, for:
- medical & healthcare staff
- educational psychologists
- speech & language therapists
- residential, community care or social work staff
- voluntary sector personnel
The course aims to promote effective practice and develop empathy and understanding of the needs of individuals with autism and their families and carers.
Applications from parents, family members and individuals on the spectrum are welcome.
What you’ll study
Our MEd programmes are part-time over three years. You're expected to attain 60 credits per year resulting in 180 credits.
You undertake three classes each worth 20 credits. Normally this will be one class per semester. For on-campus classes, this will involve attending three hours per week, delivered either in the evening or on Saturday morning. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.
For distance learning classes, this will involve participating in weekly online seminars delivered via the University Virtual Learning Environment, My Place. The seminars are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working professionals.
Students who decide to complete their studies after one year will graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.
You undertake three classes each worth 20 credits. This will usually consist of one optional class and two further compulsory classes including Research Methods & Reasoning. The compulsory class equips students with the necessary basis for undertaking a dissertation at Masters level.
Research Methods & Reasoning is delivered entirely online via the University Virtual Learning Environment, My Place, during semester 1.
As per year 1, students will normally undertake one class per semester. The expected study time is the same as in year one.
Students who decide to complete their studies at the end of year two will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.
You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice worth 60 credits. We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support whilst you carry out and report your dissertation.
You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This provides our students with the flexibility to complete their studies around work commitments.
You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice. Research projects can be undertaken within your place of employment, nationally or internationally. You'll be supported in your projects through University links with a range of organisations, such as Autism Initiative and Scottish Autism.
Dr Anna Robinson is the programme leader and advisor of studies.
The National Centre for Autism Studies
The centre has been responsible for a number of key policy and research outputs aimed at improving autism practice throughout Scotland. You’ll have access to these projects which include:
- A National Training Framework for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dunlop, A-W & MacKay, T. A. W. N. (2004)
- The Autism Toolbox: An Autism Resource for Scottish Schools, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C., Leask, A.; Glashan, L., Robinson, A. & Marwick, H. (2009)
- Policy into Practice: Accreditation Project Report. A Collaborative Autism Education & Training Project Supporting the Development of ASD Accreditation Standards for Trainers and Developing personal accreditation routes for ASD training participants, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C. & Robinson, A. (2009)
We work with leading autism professionals to provide expert input throughout the classes.
Visiting lecturers include Professor Tommy MacKay who is a practising Educational Psychologist. In addition, Dr Mike McCreadie has a visiting role in the Pg Diploma class. He’s Consultant Clinical Director of Studio III and Lead ATLASS Trainer and his area of specialism is stress management in Autism.