MA Autism Spectrum Conditions

What ‘is’ autism? How do we as a society conceptualise and theorise differences in communication, interaction and behaviour? How can autistic people be supported in education, in healthcare settings and in everyday life?

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Overview

On this course, you’ll critically explore psychological and sociological perspectives on the nature of autism. You’ll make connections between these theories and your practice and experience. You’ll work with your student group to discuss approaches to diagnosis, support and intervention in educational settings and beyond.

This course is designed for people with either a personal or a professional link to autism – you might be a teacher, social worker or a psychologist, you may be autistic yourself, or you may have an autistic family member.

You’ll be asked to share your experiences, question your assumptions and critique the approaches to autism diagnosis and intervention you have observed or undertaken.

This is not a training course to learn how to diagnose autism, and nor will you be trained in intervention techniques.

Instead, you’ll build on your existing knowledge, understanding and experience of working with young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). You’ll explore philosophies related to education and autism, critique concepts, and discuss approaches that you can use in your career.

Your final assessment for this course is typically a dissertation. Past dissertations have included an investigation of mainstream teachers’ understanding of equality law in the classroom, and an exploration of the feelings and experiences of fathers with autistic children.

 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Perhaps you’re a teacher or a teaching assistant and would like to work in a specialist role with a focus on inclusion? Or you’re hoping to train members of your team at school? Maybe you’re hoping to become an educational or occupational psychologist? 

Through our MA Autism Spectrum Conditions, we’ll help you to understand and evaluate both research and your own practice and experience. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to help you develop a career where you enhance learning opportunities for autistic people. 

You may also pursue further study, such as a PhD in Educational Psychology.

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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).

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

On our part-time masters degree, you’ll explore different perspectives on autism. You’ll evaluate theories, ideas and approaches so that you are able adopt a critical stance in relation to research and current practice.

A core part of our MA Autism Spectrum Conditions is self-reflection. We aim to create a safe, trusting and supportive environment for our students so that you can discuss your ideas and thoughts with others in your group.

At the start of the course, you’ll reflect on your existing knowledge of working with young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

We’ll then guide you through theoretical knowledge (such as the sociological and educational perspectives of critiquing theory) and how it relates to your practice.

For further information please contact: Cian Carney

Core units

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues  

This unit invites you 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, you are encouraged to reflect upon your 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 you to undertake a project that has particular relevance to your own professional practice. You will identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for your project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be library, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases you 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 you to broaden and deepen your 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. You will 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, you will 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.

Dissertation

This unit is designed to support and facilitate you 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 you 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 your experience and improving the quality of your final dissertation.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 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: £2584 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).

Additional Information

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).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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How to apply

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