Autism (Adults) MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate (Distance Learning), M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition Fee
    15660 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    7020 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) Online
TheseAutism (Children) programmes,approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Continuing Professional Development scheme,aredesigned for professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome.


They are appropriate for those working in early years provision, schools, residential care, advisory, support or therapeutic services. They draw on the students own experience as part of the content and assessment. The courses are offered as either campus taught courses on a full- or part-time basis, or as a part-time course via distance learning. 

The University of Birmingham is the leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK - offering professional development courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by recognized experts in the field who work in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and will have access to an extensive library and research materials. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study. The courses contribute towards LDAF and NVQ.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Birmingham is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Birmingham offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Thedistance education moduleconsists of 6 Units:

  • Understanding the autism spectrum
  • Social and emotional understanding
  • Communication and language
  • Flexibility of thinking and behaviour
  • Sensory perceptual issues
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Part-time
      • Average part-time duration 36 months
      • Intensity Flexible
      • Part-time variant
    • Credits
      180 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      • Time flexibility
      • Attendance
        No Attendance
      • Teacher support
        Continuous support with feedback on request
      • Student interaction
        Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
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    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    • MEd: a 2.1 degree and relevant experience
    • PGDip/PGCert: a 2.1 degree and relevant experience
    • BPhil/AdCert: Usually a 3rd degree or above or relevant qualification and relevant experience

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      15660 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15660 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      7020 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7020 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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