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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Autism Spectrum Disorders at Queen's University Belfast

This programme was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors, as well as individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and is designed to facilitate the professional development of teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area.

Students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and can 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 course has been attuned to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge and skills in relation to evidence-based interventions.

The aim is to enable the study of the theory and practice underpinning the specialist area in order to enhance understanding and ability to engage in research- and evidence-based practice. On completion of the degree, students will have:

developed a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the special needs of children, young people and adults diagnosed with ASD
shown evidence of critical reflection on their professional practice and be able to apply relevant research literature to both personal and professional experience
acquired a range of specialised practical skills which will enhance their ability to support pupils and students in a variety of settings
developed teamwork skills required to work in partnership, supporting and advising other colleagues

Autism Spectrum Disorders highlights

Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as 'internationally excellent or world leading' (REf, 2014).

Career Development

  • EmployabilityThe 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.

World Class Facilities

  • InnovationSome modules of the programme are based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task Lists (eg, Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change).

Student Experience

  • FlexibilityThis programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning. Diploma and Certificate options are also available.
  • Credit transferStudents who have completed other master's-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.

 'The MSc is aimed at professionals working in education, health, and social care with a specific focus on autism spectrum and special needs. The course is suitable for staff who work with children and adolescents as well as adults on the autism spectrum. This course is unique in Northern Ireland and Ireland and is easily accessible for students from further afield (no need to leave your job or relocate to Belfast!).'
Professor Karola Dillenburger, Programme Director

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI)£5,500England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£5,500Other (non-UK) EU£5,500International£15,700

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Autism Spectrum Disorders costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

Applicants with a lower level of performance in an Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least three years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

Applicants with a sub-honours degree level qualification or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least five years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

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