MSc Autism and Related Conditions

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview

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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.

Meet our Alumni

Elizabeth Clatworthy was the first person to graduate from the MSc in Autism and Related Conditions course in 2014. She had both a personal and professional reason to be the first person to gain a Master’s degree in a new course that specialises in the study of autism, as she fosters an eight year old boy who has the condition. Elizabeth said: ‘However a five year old boy came to me to be fostered, which resulted in him being placed with me full time. He was non-verbal and had behavioural issues, but now he talks, has learned to manage his own behaviour and now I feel that there is no limit to what he can achieve.  This experience led me to apply for my Master’s degree and I have found that my learning has helped me understand more about my foster child, and equally my foster child has helped me gain greater insight into my studies.”

Rhys Jenkins, now aged 24, was diagnosed with Autism when he was 16 years old. He had successfully completed a Law Degree at Cardiff University prior to coming to Swansea University to complete the MSc in Autism and Related Conditions course. 

Key Features

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

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMAM00Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism and Related Conditions
PMAM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Living with Autism and Related Conditions
PMRM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Critical Appraisal and Evaluation
Optional Modules
Research Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Only select this module if you wish to complete the research dissertation in Part Two of your studies.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMRM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences
AND
Research Pathway: Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select two modules from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMAM02Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Management of Autism and Related Conditions
PMAM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Foundations of Behaviour
PMAM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Childhood and Adult Services for Autism and Related Conditions
PMAM05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rights and Responsibilities for Autism and Related Conditions
OR

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Research Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Only select if you wish to complete the research dissertation in Part Two (year 3) of your studies

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMRM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences
AND
OR

Description

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.‌

 

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.


How To Apply

1. Online application

Please read our Guidance Notes before applying online. Online application is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application.

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2. Apply by Post or Email

Please download our Application Pack [PDF] and send the completed form by post or email to :

Postgraduate Admissions Office 
Swansea University 
Singleton Park 
Swansea
SA2 8PP 
United Kingdom

Email: postgraduate.admissions@swansea.ac.uk Tel: +44(0)1792 295358

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Admissions Policy

For more information, please download our Admissions Policy [PDF]

Tuition Fees

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 £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.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Professional Development and Employability

Professional Developement

Swansea Universtiy Medical School offers the following modules as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Autism and Related Conditions: 

  • PMAM00 Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism and Related Conditions
  • PMAM01 Living with Autism and Related Conditions
  • PMAM02 Management of Autism and Related Conditions
  • PMAM03 Foundations of Behaviour
  • PMAM04 Childhood and Adult Services for Autism and Related Conditions
  • PMAM05 Law and Policy for Autism and Related Conditions

You can enroll on the above modules as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments). Throughout the year, there will be a number of Conituned Professional Development days and evening seminars. For information about these opportunities, you can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter sites.

The costs for each module for 2016/17 is £590. 

How to Apply

For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact us directly at autism@swansea.ac.uk.

Employability

Postgraduate study has many benefits, including enhanced employability, career progression, intellectual reward and the opportunity to change direction with a conversion course.

From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options. The services they offer will ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the job market.

The student experience at Swansea University offers a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development through involvement in many aspects of student life.  

Co-curricular opportunities to develop employability skills include national and international work experience and study abroad programmes and volunteering, together with students' union and athletic union societies, social and leisure activities.

For the MSc Autism programme, we are in the process of identifying opportunities for our students to complete volunteering placements with a number of our collaborative partners.