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MA Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies)

Edge Hill University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Edge Hill University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This taught Masters degree provides you with specialist training in critical autism studies within an interdisciplinary department. You will gain a range of perspectives on autism in order to appreciate the ways in which discourses of autism shape autistic people’s lived experiences. Tracing the development of autism interventions and engaging with contemporary debates in policy and practice, you will develop critical study skills, receive training in social science research methodologies and deliver a substantial research project. An optional international field trip enables you to gain an international perspective and outlook, with an additional opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in a work setting. The programme is suitable for professionals, teachers, support workers, recent graduates and those working with autistic people. We particularly welcome applications from ‘experts by experience’, including those with autism, as well as family members or carers of those with autistic spectrum conditions.

What will I study?

The first semester provides an introductory framework to both your studies and social research methodologies.

You will receive a grounding in autistic spectrum conditions and be encouraged to view autism as a naturally occurring form of cognitive diversity.

Mapping the development of autism interventions, from early approaches to contemporary models of best practice, you will engage with current discussions and controversies.

The second semester will enable you apply your knowledge and understanding in practice through optional work-based learning and/or an international field trip. Alternatively, you can engage in self-directed learning, with the additional option of exploring child mental health and children’s social relations.

The final stage of the programme is a dissertation where you will carry out a supervised piece of extended social research on a relevant topic of your choice.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered via blended learning, with a combination of face-to-face discussions and online and independent study.

Taught sessions will be delivered in two-day blocks, held three times a semester per module, with the opportunity to participate in additional sessions via the virtual learning environment.

All seminars will be a combination of tutor-led and student-developed interactive learning. You will also engage with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

What are my career prospects?

The programme will enhance your professional career opportunities and employability, preparing you for a wide variety of roles working with and supporting autistic people in the health and social care sectors, or in international development. With further training, you may wish to pursue a career in teaching, social work or counselling.

The skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing onto research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 13,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edge Hill University

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  • Campus address

    Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 84 7

    75th out of 105 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    129 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    122 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    45.0 45%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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