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About Autism and Related Conditions at Swansea University

In response to the  Autism Act (2009), the UK government produced statutory guidance for health, social care and educational organisations, which highlighted the strategic need for staff training at all levels, service planning and the creation of local leadership. Part of this guidance places an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services.

Key features of the programme include:

  • Innovative and integrated curriculum that reflects the various aspects in the provision of autism services (i.e. clinical, social care and specialist education).
  • Flexibility for you to gain specialist knowledge in your respective professions
  • People living with Autism are involved in the delivery of the programme
  • Teaching is supported by online learning and support
  • Strong links with various third sector organisations
  • Research informed teaching
  • Multiprofessional teaching team with vast experience and expertise in Autism and related conditions
  • Choice between a research project or a work based portfolio for the MSc dissertation
  • Available as either a full time or part time study

Course Overview

Autism is a spectrum of lifelong neurodevelopmental conditions that presents various challenges for those people living with Autism and the services in place to provide care, education, training and support. There is an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services. However, it has been recognised that Autism and its related conditions are prevalent globally, and this programme explores the international context to highlight best practice initiatives.

The Master's in Autism and Related Conditions, which is also available at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level as well as on a part time basis, is a unique training and development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for those professionals who are seeking to advance and specialise their knowledge and practice in Autism.

The programme is modular and structured in three levels, each building on the next. You can elect to take either the full Master's programme or the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, depending on need and circumstances.  The programme is designed to allow you to complete either as full time or part time study. For part-time students, each of the three components are scheduled to take a year each to complete. 

Who should take this course?

Any health care professionals (medical, nursing and allied health), educators (primary, secondary, FE and HE), social care professionals and psychologists who wish to develop their understanding, skills and leadership in Autism.

Attendance pattern
Students are required to attend the University for 1 week (5 consecutive days) for each module in Part One (Taught Element). Attendance during Part Two (Dissertation or Portfolio) is negotiated with the supervisor, with a minimum of 4 supervisory meetings. You are also encourage to attend the Postgraduate Taught Induction Event during the induction week and any programme associated seminars.

Programme Structures

The programme will give you generic evidence based practice training with additional modules exploring:

  • Diagnosis and Assessment for Autism and Related Conditions
  • Living with Autism and Related Conditions
  • Management of Autism and Related Conditions
  • Foundations of Behaviour (previously known as Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Behavioural Analysis)
  • Childhood and Adult Services for Autism and Related Conditions
  • Access, Rights and Responsibilities for Autism and Related Conditions (previously know as Law and Policy)

Additionally, you will be able to choose to complete a research based dissertation or a work based reflective portfolio.?


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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSc Full-time £5,550 £15,000 MSc Part-time £2,800 £7,500 MSc Part-time £1,850 £5,000 PGDip Full-time £3,700 £10,000 PGDip Part-time £1,850 £5,000 PGCert Full-time £1,850 £5,000 PGCert Part-time £1,850 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

You will require at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. There is also provision for admission that takes into account work experience if you have an undergraduate degree below a 2:2 honours level.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree you must have significant relevant work (or other) experience, which has been assessed as appropriate by the Admissions Selectors.

If you are an international student, you will need to demonstrate knowledge of the English language at IELTS overall 6.5 or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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