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Autism Studies (Distance Learning) - PCert, PDip, MA

Autism Studies (Distance Learning) - PCert, PDip, MA

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Distance without attendance | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Literacy / Special Needs Teaching Social Work Specialisms

Course type


Course Summary

The Autism Studies MA provides the academic background necessary for good practice both with autistic individuals and organisations that provide or arrange support.


Our programme is designed for graduates and practitioners, giving you the confidence to apply an advanced level of knowledge to many real-life situations. Gain a specialist, vocational qualification that will develop your career in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism.

What you'll learn

You study a combination of academic modules and (if doing the MA/PDip) carry out a case study and/or dissertation which may be empirical or library-based. PDip students do the case study, while MA students do the case study and the research project.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide you with a detailed knowledge of autism and other developmental disabilities
  • provide you with experience of conducting research or intervention in the field of autism.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.


Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities.

Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Career destinations include working as a clinical specialist, special needs advisor, autism teacher and ABA tutor for various health and special needs organisations such as the Step by Step School, Special Help 4 Special Needs and WA Health.


This module is intended for health or social care professionals who are working with people who are on the autism spectrum (either in a paid or voluntary basis), or those who are family carers. Students will be able to apply their theoretical learning from TZRD8660 (Social Psychology of Autism) and TZRD8730 (Social psychology of autism: Advanced) to case studies.
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Entry requirements

A good honours degree, typically in psychology or other relevant social sciences, or comparable professional qualifications and experience. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is an internationally renowned institution located in Canterbury and offers an impressive portfolio of postgraduate degree courses. The university teaches advanced skills, and provides access to fantastic professional networks and learning facilities to help postgraduate students realise their academic and personal goals. Kent's campuses are based in amazing locations, with two UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway...more