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MA/PGCert Autism (Adults)

The Autism (Adults) degree from University of Birmingham has been designed for those who want to make a difference to the lives of adults, young people and children with diverse needs.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 3 years (MA)
1 year (PGCert)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £7,050 per full
Location: Online

This Inclusion (Autism Adults) degree from University of Birmingham is specific to those working with adults and young people. It will provide you with knowledge of the autism spectrum, based on theory, research and practice. You will be taught to consider how autism theory applies to the individuals that you support in their adult lives, and what this should mean for your own practice. Through this degree, you will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and critiques of research, educational policy and practice and have the opportunity to investigate historical and cultural aspects of disability.

Autistic authors and researchers contribute to our study materials, so that you will gain insights into the diversity of the autistic experience, and learn about the range of individual and social barriers that can be experienced. The course will also encourage you think for yourself and you will use your professional skills to select and research topics of relevance to your own situation.

The coursework is designed to enable you to apply learning to your own setting as well as undertake original research relevant to your area of work. As it is part-time and distance learning, you can study flexibly around work and personal commitments – most of our students are working alongside their studies.

Courses included:

  • Understanding Common and Diverse Needs of Autistic Adults and Young People
  • Using Enabling Practice with Autistic Adults and Young People
  • Inclusion: Universal and Specialist Approaches

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The MA Autism (Adults) course is evidence of professional specialism for practitioners working in the field.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with Adults with Autism.


  • Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline. Vocational qualifications are accepted as criteria for entry to this course.
  • Most students will have some relevant professional experience and all applicants are encouraged to gain relevant experience in educational, care or other professional settings before, and during, embarking on a programme of study.

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