Our programme is designed for graduates and practitioners, giving you the confidence to apply an advanced level of knowledge to many real-life situations. Gain a specialist, vocational qualification that will develop your career in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism.
Deadline for Tizard Postgraduate Taught Applications for entry in September: 18 JULY
Due to a high number of applicants we have been forced to put in place a deadline for receipt of applications for those wishing to be considered for entry to September intake.
Please therefore ensure that your full application (containing reference, all required documentation and evidence of English Language qualifications if relevant) is submitted online via the “Apply Now” link no later than 23:59 BST on 18 July.
Incomplete applications, or applications received after 18 July, will be considered for next year's September cohort.
Reasons to study Autism Studies at Kent
- Study alongside some of the UK’s leading academics working in autism, learning disability and community care.
- We offer a range of funding opportunities to fund your studies.
- As a student or graduate, you can join the Tizard Practitioners’ Network of experts in the field.
- Receive academic and professional support from leading clinicians and researchers in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism.
- Benefit from our excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.
What you'll learn
You study a combination of academic modules and (if doing the MA/PDip) carry out a case study and/or dissertation which may be empirical or library-based. PDip students do the case study, while MA students do the case study and the research project.
One year full-time, two years part-time
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of autism
- cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
- biological, social and environmental causes of autism
- behaviour analysis
- intervention and approaches to supporting people with autism
- challenging behaviour and other associated complex needs
- ideology, policy and service development
- definition and measurement of service quality
- the relationships between service organisation and quality research methodology.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- appraising and interpreting evidence from the academic literature and personal/work experience
- presenting critical, balanced arguments.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- (applies to MA and PDip only) conducting research on a topic relevant to autism and / or conducting an intervention study and case study assignment relevant to autism.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly and respond to written sources
- numeracy: if you are doing the statistical element of the research methods module, you will make sense of statistical materials and integrate quantitative and qualitative information. You will also become familiar with ways of summarising and presenting data
- information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
- working with others: the ability to work co-operatively on group tasks both within the virtual learning environment and during the residential workshops
- improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills and review your working environment
- problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
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 (PDip/MA only).