University of Birmingham

Autism (Adults), MEd/PGDip/PGCert

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English
The Autism (Adults) programme from University of Birmingham is a distance learning programme which is studied part-time.It is appropriate for practitioners working with adults across the autism spectrum in a range of services and in both specialist and mainstream environments. 


The course draws upon your own experience as a practitioner, and through the set assessments, you will consider how your learning informs your practice.

The University of Birmingham is a leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK - offering Professional Development courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by senior practitioners and researchers in the field who work within the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER). You will have access to an extensive library, research materials and a large online community of students in the field of autism. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study and we accept both vocational and academic qualifications as entry criteria.

The Autism (Adults) programme from University of Birmingham aims to provide you with knowledge of the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome, 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. 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 use your professional skills to select and research topics of relevance to your own situation. 

You will have a personal tutor in a small online or regional tutor group, with study supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email and the online virtual learning environment network, encouraging you to develop through shared experience (Internet access is required for the programme). There are two compulsory university-based study weekends in the first year - find out more about this in the Learning and Teaching section.

The following awards are offered for this programme.

  • AdCert (Level H) Three core modules
  • PGCert (Level M) Three core modules
  • BPhil (Level H) Three core modules plus one optional module and a 10,000 word dissertation
  • PGDip (Level M) Three core modules plus three optional modules
  • MEd (Level M) Three core modules plus two optional modules, PIE and a 15,000 word dissertation

All of our Autism (Adults) courses fall under the umbrella of Continuing Professional Development. They are regarded as evidence of professional specialism for practitioners working in the field, in whatever sector. Anecdotally we know from feedback that many of our students gain promoted posts or other means of formal recognition as a direct result of their Autism (Adults) qualification.

Programme Structure

Year one:

  • Autism Adults: Understanding and Working with the Continuum of Need (Core module)
  • Autism Adults: Intervention, Support and Education (Core module)
  • A Special Studies Module 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      PGDip – 2 years PT; PGCert – 1 year PT; BPhil – 2 years PT; AdCert – 1 year PT

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

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 (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • 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

  • Adcert and BPhil

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

    5430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • AdCert £4,123
  • BPhil £4,123
  • PGCert £3,673
  • PGDip £3,673
    • AdCert £7,860
    • BPhil £7,860
    • PGCert £5,430
    • PGDip £5,430


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