Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Autism Spectrum

The course enables graduates working or living with people with autism to develop their understanding of the autism spectrum; students reflect on current theory relating to autism, and evaluate how they might use new learning to develop their own practice; during the course students study and evaluate how autism impacts on thinking and learning, and the way that affects being in the social and material worlds; students should also position autism within wider disability debates; this course improves student's knowledge and understanding of the autism spectrum; it is also an essential qualification if the student is interested in developing autism services; it may be possible to study full-time; however, the majority of students are part-time, and teaching is normally during weekends and evenings; students can accumulate modules to achieve a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma; to gain an MA students must successfully complete a research methods module and a project.

Entry requirements

Typically a degree or equivalent and an interest in autism; if English is not the applicant's 1st language, they need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing; they may be invited to take part in a face-to-face or telephone interview to ensure their spoken language skills meet the requirements for working with learners in an educational setting or context.

Course modules

The modules taken depend on whether the applicant is pursuing a PgCert, PgDip or MA. Critical reflections on the autism spectrum ;Autism, policy and practice ;Autism, challenging behaviour and communication ; Preparation for educational enquiry ;Extended enquiry based project/dissertation

Assessment methods

Assessment will vary between modules but will include a mixture of professional work-based tasks and academic and critical reflection; there are no examinations.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MA Part-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sheffield S1 1WB Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Faculty of Development and Society
Telephone number: 
0114 225 5555