MEd (part-time) Autism

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 36 months, part-time/part-timedistance learning

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  • suitable for those looking to pursue part-time study in this area
  • this Masters-level course will enable you to understand complex cognitive and affective theories essential to supporting the autism profile
  • understand complex cognitive and affective theories essential to supporting the autism profile
  • translate theory into practice with a work placement
  • receive input from internationally-respected autism experts

 

 

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Why this course?

The MEd Autism is suitable for those looking to pursue part-time study in this area. It's ideal if you're seeking a qualification while working that will enhance your professional practice.

The course provides a critical understanding of the conceptual frameworks relevant to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This Masters-level course will enable you to understand complex cognitive and affective theories essential to supporting the autism profile.

This knowledge will help 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 on 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.

The course is available part-time, both on campus and via distance learning, for:

  • teachers
  • 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.

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Upcoming information session

We're holding a 'Professional Development in Education' event on Monday 9th December!

Our academic teaching staff will be there to answer any questions you may have. There will also be a talk from our School of Education Postgraduate Taught Director, Joanna Holmes, who'll help give an insight into the programmes we offer and what you can expect before and during your postgraduate studies.

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.

Year 1

You undertake three classes each worth 20 credits – normally one class per semester. On-campus classes involve attending three hours per week, either in the evening or on Saturday morning. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Distance learning classes 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.

Year 2

You undertake three classes, normally one per semester, each worth 20 credits – usually one optional class and two further compulsory classes including Research Methods & Reasoning, which is delivered entirely online via the University Virtual Learning Environment (My Place) during semester 1.This class provides the necessary basis for undertaking a Masters-level dissertation.

Students who decide to complete their studies at the end of year two will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 3

You’ll carry out a research dissertation (worth 60 credits) in a subject area of your choice . We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation. You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This provides the flexibility to complete your studies around work commitments.

Research projects

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.

Programme leader

Dr Anna Robinson is the programme leader and advisor of studies.

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Course content

Conceptual Frameworks in Autism

This class will introduce key conceptual frameworks in relation to understanding the impact of the spectrum of autism. Focus will be given to the uniquely differing social, emotional, sensory and cognitive profiles for those with an ASD. Understanding these conceptual frameworks will enable participants to reflect on how and why these influence and inform practice.

The Spectrum of Autism

You'll consider the issues that impact on practice when supporting individuals with an ASD with and without an additional intellectual or learning disability.  

Responding to the Impact of Autism: Approaches and Interventions
You'll consider the broad range of approaches to intervention, their application and theoretical basis and practical stance. A range of approaches will be systematically reviewed in relation to key features of their application, functional focus of the approach, the personal or interpersonal focus of the approach and the social context of the approach.
Emotional Wellbeing
This class is concerned with both theoretical and practical issues of understanding and responding to the emotional needs and resulting distress that having an ASD can cause and the stress it places on the individual.
Research Methods & Reasoning

This class provides support in developing a critical and informed understanding of research methods in relation to your own planned dissertation project. It also provides support in understanding research ethics and how they relate to your own research. It provides support in meeting the requirements of the ethical approval process.

Dissertation

This class represents the application of the skills and knowledge you've gained throughout your study. You'll carry out and report on a research project in an area relevant to your MEd study up to this point. This class will provide support for the planning, implementation and writing up of a research project in a professionally and academically relevant area.

One of the following to be chosen.
Becoming an Autism Trainer

This class is concerned with both theoretical and practical issues of understanding the importance of raising standards in ASD training and the impact this can have for the individual with ASD, their carers and the service provider.

Counselling Skills in Autism
This class provides an opportunity for those working in the field of ASD to develop their understanding and awareness of the relevance of counselling skills to their work with parents and carers and people on the autism spectrum. In addition it seeks to provide opportunities for participants to develop their individual competence in offering active listening skills to others, pre-therapy skills and counselling skills.
Independent Study Module
You'll have the opportunity to investigate a topic of your own choosing in any area related to autism and assocated conditions.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a range of student and staff-led research seminars that you’ll participate in.

For our distance learning delivery the student group will participate in online seminars. You’ll require:

  • access to a reliable computer with sufficient processing capability
  • an excellent broadband connection
  • the ability to run applications such as Adobe Connect, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java and Windows Media Player

Assessment

The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Guest lecturers

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. He is Consultant Clinical Director of Studio III and Lead ATLASS Trainer and his area of specialism is stress management in Autism.

Facilities

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)
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Entry requirements

MEd

A good Bachelor (Honours) degree in a related discipline and direct experience of living or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Experience is essential as students must demonstrate theory-to-practice links.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£2,267

Rest of UK

£2,267

International

£5,100

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Autism

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Autism (distance learning)

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Contact us

Postgraduate Enquiries

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (GMT)

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

Looking to study full-time?

Our MSc Autism is suitable for students looking to pursue full-time study in this area. The full-time version of the programme is open to international students.