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Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Modules are short and succinct (20 CATS points) and delivered in blended format, i.e. in-class 3-day blocks of teaching supported by online content delivery. Modules can be taken individually for interest or professional development or taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc ASD.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex developmental disorders. Severity is based on social communication impairments and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour (DSM-5). It is estimated that 1:88 individuals and families are affected by ASD (in Northern Ireland 1:56 school children are affected). Increase in awareness of ASD has resulted in the need for training in diagnosis, early intervention, educational provision and support services.

The MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors and individuals affected by ASD. While on the programme, students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and have the opportunity to 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 MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders has been updated and revised and attuned specifically to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge of concepts and models of evidence-based interventions. 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.

Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the MSc, students must successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a dissertation (60 CATS points).

Two exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules or an Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS pointsfrom taught pathway modules.

Further information van be viewed on Queen's University website:

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc ASD, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found their Master’s degree to be beneficial in the workplace when advising colleagues, influencing policy makers and supporting pupils and students. Others progress to Doctoral level studies and research.

Find out why you should choose Queen's University for your postgraduate study: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Why-postgraduate-study-at-Queens/

Visit the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!






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