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Autism Spectrum Conditions

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.

Entry requirements

MA: You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.
You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).
MA: 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.

Course modules

Core units: Mapping the territory: critical concepts and issues; specialist supported project.

Assessment methods

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.


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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time £ 6,300 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 6 Years
MA Part-time £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 2 6 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 2 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2 Years

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