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Online postgraduate studies on autism in UK (updated April 2013)

One of the latest ideas that has occurred to me is to study an online university postgraduate on autism in the UK. I want to get a stronger basis on autism in general, I prefer university education and contacts, and I need an online course. Why UK and not USA is fundamentally a matter of money: as a citizen of the European Union, the European university fees are “relatively” low. Also, any trip to attend a workshop is shorter and more affordable for me.

Well, I do not know if I’ll finally follow the course, but what if I’ve done so far is a list of courses that meet those requirements, so I put them here in case they are useful for anyone. I have more data, because I’ve spoken with all the respective universities, and I am willing to share it if anyone asks me. And I would love to contact anyone who has attended these courses or have more information about them. Also, I plan to compile a similar lists but focused on USA university programs.

There are studies that clearly are centered on autism. Others are focused on “intellectual disabilities” and there is even an MSc in Applied Psychology. All are online, although some include workshops which can be more or less long (and voluntary).

For those interested in classroom courses (not just online, but also in UK), there is a good list at Postgrad.com.

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University
Course
Grade/(years)
Fees in £ (for EU students)
Notes
Queen's University BelfastAutistic Spectrum DisordersCA (1 module)
PGCert (1)
PGDip (1 or 2)
MSc (1 to 3)
1,307-3,920 per yearFull time (1 year) and part time (3 years). MSc can be done in 1 to 5 years. Only the 'Behaviour analysis in theory' module is online.
University of Birmingham / ACER (Autism Centre for Education and Research)Autism (Adults)AdCer (1)
PGCert (1-3)
BPhil (2-3)
PGDip (2-4)
Med (3-6)
2,660-2,900 per year2 study weekends (Friday to Sunday) the first year; regional or online tutors
University of Birmingham / ACERAutism (Children)AdCer (0.5-1)
PGCert (1)
BPhil (1-3)
PGDip (1-4)
Med (1-6)
1,710-5,130 per year2 study weekends (Friday to Sunday) the first year; regional or online tutors; also full time
University of Birmingham / ACERAutism Spectrum Disorders (Webautism)Ucert (1)
CertHE (2)
1,300 per yearIt seems the more focused on parents
University of Kent / Tizard CentreAutism StudiesPCert (1)
PdDip (2)
MA (3)
770 - 4,950 per year2 workshop weeks during the year; part time option (each course in 2 years)
University of Kent / Tizard CentreIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesPdip (2)
MsC (3)
770 - 4,950 per yearSame conditions
University of LiverpoolApplied PsychologyMSc (2-3)10,558 (UK), €15,708 (EU)Not focused only on autism
University of PortsmouthApplied Psychology of Intellectual DisabilitiesMSc (2-3)3,000 per yearNot focused only on autism
University of Strathclyde / National Centre for Autism StudiesAutismPgCert (1,3)
PdDip (2)
MSc (2+)
850 - 1,700 per yearInduction weekend; weekly evening online tutorials (or regional presential tutorials)

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-Francesc Sistach

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Comments

karola Dillenburger
Reply

please add this course to your list

Queeen’s University Belfast

PG certificate, PG diploma and MSc in Autistic Spectrum Disorders

This course, which has been developed in consultation with principals of special schools and individuals with expertise within this specialist field, is designed to facilitate the professional development of teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area.

Aims – The aim is to enable the study of the theory and practice underpinning the specialist area, in order to enhance understanding and ability to engage in research- and evidence-based practice.

Alternative Options – We offer flexible exit routes for applicants who want to upgrade their expertise, but are unsure if they want or need a full Masters degree. Students may leave the Masters programme after completing either 60 credits (Advanced Certificate in Education, typically 1 year part time) or 120 credits (DASE, typically 2 years part time). There is also an option to study just one module and although students won’t gain a qualification when they complete it, they’ll earn a Certificate of Attendance.

Core modules (most taught in evening classes)
Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders: From Autism to Asperger Syndrome
Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Models and Methods of Intervention
Behaviour Analysis in practice
Behaviour analysis in theory (online module)

Applicants interested in studying one or two modules on a stand-alone basis for personal or professional development should contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923, education@qub.ac.uk).

karola Dillenburger
Reply

Cost approx £21 per credit point,
30 points per module, 180 for full Masters degree

Francesc Sistach

I have added it. Thanks for the information.

Annette
Reply

Cardiff is no longer offering their course. Great shame as it is virtually impossible to study ABA anywhere else.

Mitzi Waltz
Reply

Would you mind also adding our courses? Thank you!

Sheffield Hallam University

MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum

Part time or full time. This course focuses on developing critical thinking about how autism is conceptualised and engaged with in theory, research and practice. You reflect on how autism affects the way in which people experience the world. These experiences are then positioned within wider disability debates. A key focus is on identifying and considering the barriers within society that impede learning for individuals with autism, and how they can achieve their aspirations. The course provides a foundation of professional knowledge and skills relevant to a range of careers with a specific focus on identifying effective and enabling practice for individuals on the autism spectrum. You complete modules to build up your credits. You can choose to stop at the PgCert or PgDip stage if you wish. Modules available include: Critical Reflections on the Autism Spectrum, Autism: Policy and Practice, Autism: Challenging Behaviour and Communication, and Practitioner Enquiry. The full time route also includes a short introductory and second extended placement in an education or education-related setting linked to autism.

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Part time. This course gives an introduction to autism, with a focus on Asperger syndrome. It celebrates the achievements of people with autism and Asperger syndrome but also considers some of the associated difficulties. It also gives an insight into some of the ways of developing social behaviour and explores some of the specific cognitive difficulties and sensory and perceptual issues in autism and Asperger syndrome. Risk assessment and forensic issues are explored, as well as behavioural problems and ways of supporting people with autism and Asperger syndrome. You also explore developmental issues and ways of developing social skills as well as being offered the perspective of an individual with autism or Asperger syndrome. The course is run in collaboration with The National Autistic Society. This course consists of two modules. Module 1 awards 30 academic credits at Masters level, after submission of a 6,000 word assignment. To achieve the PG Certificate and a further 30 credits at Masters level, students must complete Module 2, a work based learning unit and a 6,000 word assignment. This credit can be used towards a full Masters. Participants should hold a degree or equivalent.

Further information from:
The Autism Centre,
The Faculty of Development and Society,
Sheffield Hallam University,
The Arundel Building,
122 Charles Street,
Sheffield,
S1 2NE
Tel: 0114 225 5555
Fax: 0114 225 4449;
Email: fdsenquiries@shu.ac.uk
Website: http://www.shu.ac.uk

admin
Reply

Sorry. These courses are focused on Autism, but they are not online. If I compile a list of on-site courses I will add them for sure.

Jackie Coker
Reply

Can you recommend any university in south London where I can study an undergraduate part time course in Autism/ Aspergers.
I am a learning difficulties Adviser mainly working with young people with ASD.
I will like a acquire a formal qualification in this area .

admin
Reply

Sorry, I have compiled a list of online courses, but I do not have studied in any of these universities nor I live in UK.

Zeynab
Reply

After completing the post in autism, what career paths does it lead to, being that i finish my early education and care degree

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