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

Course Description

This programme is an advanced professional development programme involving some or all of the following: distance learning; study workshops; service placement visits; and a clinical placement (which can be in your home area). Autism Studies can be completed mainly by distance learning.

2016 Postgraduate Tizard programmes will close to applicants at 23:59 hrs on Thursday 21 April 2016. Applications received after this time will be held for consideration for 2017 entry. The final tranche of interviews for 2016 will be held during the week of 23 May 2016. Applicants unable to make themselves available this week (in person or via skype or telephone) will be considered for 2017 entry.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/98/autism-studies-distance-learning

About the Tizard Centre

The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.

The Centre is at the forefront of learning and research in autism, intellectual disability and community care, and in 2013 received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work in these areas.

The Centre has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments. Our primary aims, through research, teaching and consultancy, are:

- to find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with learning disabilities

- to help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services

- to aid policymakers, planners, managers and practitioners to organise and provide enhanced services.

The Tizard Centre is recognised as leading the field in deinstitutionalisation and community living, challenging behaviour, quality of staff support, sexuality and autism, and has had a significant impact on national policies in these areas. We are committed to addressing issues arising from social inequality.

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Note: Workshop one and exam attendance is compulsory for all postgraduate distance learning students on this course.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

TZ830 - Research Methods by Distance Learning (15 credits)
TZ862 - Behaviour Analysis and Intervention by Distance Learning (10 credits)
TZ863 - Service Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Distan (10 credits)
TZ865 - Extended Essay (15 credits)
TZ866 - Social Psychology of Autism by Distance Learning (10 credits)
TZ867 - Case Study and Intervention Project (DistanceLearning) (60 credits)
TZ994 - Research Project in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (60 credits)
TZ995 - Extended Research Project in Intellectual andDevelopment Disabilities (120 credits)


Each of the four taught modules is assessed by a one-hour, web-based, multiple-choice exam and an extended essay. In addition, the Research Methods module involves short assignments and a worked problem. Placements are assessed by two 2,000-word service reports and one 4,000-word case report, plus feedback by placement supervisors.

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.

Research areas

Current research areas include: social inequalities and community care; intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Autism Studies (Distance Learning) - PCert, PDip, MA page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree, typically in psychology or other relevant social sciences, or comparable professional qualifications and experience. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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