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).
- 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).
- 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