This award provides students with the opportunity to study the autism spectrum in depth. The programme aims to build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and experience of working with young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). During the course we aim to share and increase understanding of theoretical perspectives on the nature, causation and impact of ASCs, and further develop students’ knowledge and skills with regard to assessment and the range of approaches used to support people within the spectrum. Individual approaches are evaluated and students are invited to reflect upon how to enhance learning opportunities and to consider how to work more effectively with colleagues, other professionals and parents. Particular issues within the field are explored and students are encouraged to reflect upon the implications for their own practice. In particular, we seek to provide insight into different perspectives on autism and to enable students to adopt a critical stance in relation to the research literature and current practice.
The programme has been developed over a number of years and has achieved a positive reputation in the field. It is intended for students from a variety of professional backgrounds, including teachers, therapists, social workers and other staff in health and social care. However, the programme may also be undertaken by parents and others with a personal interest in the subject. At the outset there is the opportunity to claim credit for prior learning relevant to the field of autism.
This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.
This course has multiple entry points in the year, for information on the January or June 2017 cohort please view the 2016 prospectus entry.
Normally 2 years. Up to 6 years allowed.
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1260 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2175 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Features and benefits of the course
- Masters level continuing professional development tailored for your own context, priorities and interests, drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives
- A multi-professional student group for the sharing of experience cross-fertilisation of ideas, and collaborative approaches
- Encourages reflection on aspects of individual professional practice
- Enables professional enquiry into areas of the field that are of particular relevance to individual students
- Participation in a large dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community
- Course design and delivery to fit with busy work, and other, commitments
About the course
MA Autism Spectrum Conditions is intended for a range of education professionals, and those in related health and social welfare/care (and in inter and multi-professional settings); it is also open to parents of children/young people with ASC and others with a personal interest in the field. The course encourages and facilitates students to identify, explore and develop thinking salient for their own practice and (academic and) professional development.
Structure and commitment
Following enrolment, students attend an induction event. Induction includes a welcome and introduction, library and resources briefing, and academic student support session. Further details will be available on the Welcome Website following enrolment. Please note that as well as the beginning of the academic year, it is also possible to start this MA in January (or June by request).
A full Masters is 180 credits at level 7, and at MMU this is divided in to 4 x 30 credit taught units, plus a (60 credit) dissertation.
Each 30 credit taught unit lasts four months (units start in October, February and June) and begins with a unit conference event from 6pm Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Unit conferences are non-residential (and we appreciate most students like to get back to their own beds/families if possible) but good value accommodation options are available close to the Brooks Building for those students coming from distance (information on these will be provided).
Keynote speakers will normally be timetabled for Friday evenings and will introduce key debates of broad relevance and at the forefront of thinking about practice in education (and related areas such as health and social care). On Saturday and Sunday (morning) students will largely be working in small, award-specific groups with specialist tutors. You should leave with ideas for the assignment you will be working on!
The unit conference is followed by (a minimum of) two further (evening) group seminars/tutorials, supported by a dedicated VLE resource, and individual tutorial contact with an award tutor to support assignment work. For students at distance participation in group seminars may be possible via Skype or similar.
Every unit offers opportunities for formative assessment – feedback on a draft or plan, before final submission.
The dissertation is supported by individual and group supervision, a dedicated electronic resource, and group events.
All students are also invited to our ‘MMU Postgraduate Sessions’ – monthly evening sessions where staff and doctoral students present their ongoing research (sessions are also podcasted where possible).
Typical units of study may include
Mapping the Territory: critical concepts and issues
This unit invites students to reflect upon the nature of ASC and practice that has been developed to support young people within the spectrum. It starts with a discussion of the complex nature of the autism spectrum before differences in the development of a young person with ASC are considered, with particular reference to cognitive models. The impact of ASC on the individual, the family and society is then considered before a focus is brought to bear on different approaches and their evidence-base. Throughout the unit, students are encouraged to reflect upon their personal experience and practice and there is an emphasis on analysing and reflecting on theoretical, conceptual and contextual issues within the field.
Specialist Supported Project:
This unit enables students to undertake a project that has particular relevance to their own professional practice. Students identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be library, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases students are encouraged to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry/investigation approaches and underpinning inter/disciplinary footprint.
Shaping the Future
This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice and in the field of autism more generally. The aim is to enable students to broaden and deepen their understanding of autism spectrum conditions and to engage with current debates, to explore different perspectives on the subject, and to consider in more detail the different forms of provision that are made.
Research and Practice
The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.
This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the students’ experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.
For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.
Waiver of some credits may be possible (under the MMU Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy) if you have a recent and relevant certificated award at Level 7.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/primary/staff/
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Why study at Manchester Metropolitan?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 130 countries and has a strong global presence. The university’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise. The University's Education and Social Research Institute is one of the leading UK centres for educational research. 67% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of our research impact being rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The Faculty of Education has a well-established partnership with over 1,500 schools, colleges and a wide range of other educational organisations allowing for rich knowledge exchange activity and engagement in diverse community based projects.
The award winning Brooks Building is home to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, providing superb specialist facilities for the education of teachers, those working with children and young people in allied professions, such as Early Years, Inclusive Education and SEND and Youth and Community Work, as well as those interested in the broader sphere of Education, alongside , Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and those working in allied Health professions.
A community campus, the ground floor is open to the public and provides a drama studio and dance space, sporting and social facilities, café’s and green spaces for individual study, meetings and informal group working. There is also a Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic.
The upper four floors provide specialist teaching equipment and facilities such as
- Student Resource Centre, including 'making' area to practice classroom skills
- Art and Design gallery space and studios
- Music performance and practice spaces
- Design and Technology workshops for resistant materials, textiles and food specialisms
- Computing with ICT
- Science laboratories
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Education has full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services. A Careers and Employabilty Service is also available on the first floor of the building, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As you student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Student Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home in the Brooks Building, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
The city and region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London only a two hour train away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
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Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Typical entry requirements
Standard Manchester Met entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply.
You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).
For Further Information
Tutor Contact: Dr Stephen Tyler firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
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Career options after the course
Many students find that these courses are helpful in their professional development and are valued by services providing education, care and support to people with children, young people and adults with ASC.
Specifically the MA Autism Spectrum Conditions in the Faculty of Education at Manchester Met:
- Demonstrates to employers a level of intellectual rigour, and the capacity for sustained and systematic engagement.
- The course also brings the students’ continued professional development into sharp focus - it offers channels to support your current priorities, targets and aspirations
- Further, it encourages students to apply their new thinking in practice in systematic ways. As such, it creates opportunities for its participants to form creative and innovative modes of practice - and also the impetus for them to actually carry these forward. In this way, our students are able to build their reputations as systematic, evidence-driven innovators.
- The MA Autism Spectrum Conditions is also a good option for practitioners to develop more critical and theoretical insights about practice. If you are considering continuing with your studies on completion of your Masters by pursuing a research degree (MPhil, EdD or PhD) then you will find the MA Autism Spectrum Conditions a good foundation.
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