This MSc was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors, as well as individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and is designed to facilitate the professional development of teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area. Students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and can engage in associated experiential work. In line with the needs identified in the Northern Ireland Executive's Autism Strategy (2013-2020) and associated Action Plan, the course has been attuned to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge and skills in relation to evidence-based interventions.
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. On completion of the degree, students will have:
developed a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the special needs of children, young people and adults diagnosed with ASD
shown evidence of critical reflection on their professional practice and be able to apply relevant research literature to both personal and professional experience
acquired a range of specialised practical skills which will enhance their ability to support pupils and students in a variety of settings
developed teamwork skills required to work in partnership, supporting and advising other colleagues
Flexibility: this programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended and online learning. Diploma and Certificate options are also available.
Innovation: some modules of the programme are based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task Lists (eg, Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change).
Employability: the programme provides a range of specialised practical skills for teaching and supporting pupils and students in a variety of settings; the teamwork skills needed to support and advise colleagues; and, the knowledge and understanding of the special needs of individuals with ASD.
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (up to 3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students normally complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students normally complete three modules per semester.
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS) and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation (60 CATS). Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught pathway modules.
We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (contact details below) for advice.