Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Autism and Learning

Programme Details

This is available as a taught programme delivered on campus.

PG Certificate 600 hours of part-time study over 12 months (4 courses)
PG Diploma/Med: part-time study over 14-36 months (6/7 courses)


The specific aims of the programme are as follows:

  • To develop knowledge and critical understanding of the concept of inclusion and associated principles of equality, social justice, participation and partnership.
  • To develop a deep understanding of the complex conceptual issues in Autism, and the key theories, principles and issues in the field.
  • To critically review a range of theoretical perspectives.
  • To critically evaluate current research in the field.
  • To critically review a variety of strategies and approaches and their evidence base.
  • To develop collaborative partnerships with individuals on the spectrum, parents, colleagues and other agencies.
  • To use acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to reflect critically upon practice.
  • To apply acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to formulate effective support for learners on the spectrum.
  • To conduct professional enquiries and use research evidence to generate professional knowledge and enhance understanding and practice
  • To apply acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to contribute to staff development and school / workplace improvement.

Contact Information

School of Education


The MEd programme is comprised of seven courses contributing to a total of 180 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5).

Certificate Level

Course 1a: Understanding Autism in an Inclusive Context
The course will cover a range of conceptual issues fundemantal to an understanding of autism spectrum disorders and inclusion.

Course 1b: Enabling Learning and Participation

Participants will gain experience in translating concepts and principles acquired in course one into effective practice.

(30 SM Points)

Course 2a: Making Sense of Behaviour
This course explores the links between the Triad of Impairments, sensory issues and behaviour, and offers practical strategies for identifying solutions.

Course 2b: The Autism Friendly Workplace 
This course will explore policy, practice and provision of the autism friendly workplace. 

(30 SM Points)

Diploma Level

Course 3: Professional Enquiry
This course provides the opportunity to acquire research skills and to explore different research paradigms. Students will plan, design and implement a small scale research project.

(30 SM Points)


Course 4: Controversiers and Dilemmas in Autism and Learning
This course will critically explore the current controversies and dilemmas in Autism and Learning. Topics will include: Causation and Diagnosis/Autism and Inclusion?Autism Specific Service Provision/Self-Understanding and Independence/Relationships, Sexuality & Mental Health.

(30 SM Points)

MEd Level

Course 5: Dissertation or Work-based Project 
The masters course involves systematic investigation of a specific area of study  in Autism and Learning, within an appropriate theoretical framework.

(60 SM Points)
Participants who successfully complete the first four courses (60 credits) may exit with a Certificate in Autism and Learning. Those who successfully complete the first six courses (120 credits) may exit with a Diploma in Autism and Learning. Those who successfully complete all seven courses (180 credits) will achieve a Master of Education degree (Autism and Learning).


Formative and summative assessment is a feature of all courses. All assessments are designed to arise naturally from course content and learning. All summative assessments focus directly on workplace applications.

Applicants will be graduates or will be able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).  For more information see  


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