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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

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  • Last Updated

    06 August 2019

Take advantage of academic, professional, and personal development opportunities for those concerned with both the practice and experience of living or working with autistic people across all ages. You engage in informed critical reflection to influence practice and policy in your current or future contexts by drawing on theoretical and research literatures, policy and practitioner networks.

  • Reflect on how autism affects the way in which people experience the world and analyse these experiences in the context of wider disability debates.
  • Learn to identify and challenge the barriers created by society encountered by autistic people.
  • Critically reflect upon developing practice, research, and policy that work towards social justice, inclusion and equality.

'As an autistic parent to autistic children, my studies have had a huge impact on my family. I've completely changed my parenting style as I now understand myself and my children better. We are all much happier as a result. I am also using the knowledge I gained on this course to advocate for other autistic people. I speak at conferences, provide training and conduct research.'

Shona Davison, MA Autism Spectrum, 2018 graduate

Applied learning

You experience and engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced range of activities to recognise the diverse range of experience and expertise of our students.

You learn through:

  • tutor-led seminars
  • workshops
  • participant-led activities
  • group and peer discussion
  • self-directed study
  • independent reading.

You take part in both face-to-face and online learning throughout your studies.

Future careers

The course provides a relevant qualification for anyone holding or intending to hold a position related to autism. As this is a part-time course, students are often studying alongside their own career progression. Graduates often go on to progress in their organisation or take on further responsibility as the result of their studies and acquired skills.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Autism In Practice - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Critical Reflections On Autism And Asperger Syndrome - 30 credits - Coursework 

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Autism - Challenging Behaviour And Communication - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Evidence And Evaluation - 30 credits - Coursework 

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Project - 60 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2019

Visit the Autism Spectrum (MA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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