MA SEN/ALN (Autism)

A Masters degree in Autism is a major boost to a career. The MA SEN/ALN Autism course, which is unique in Wales, is for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. It is also available to parents or carers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding on Autism at Masters level.

The MA SEN/ALN Autism is the only course that offers study at this level. As such, it attracts a wide range of students from all over south Wales and the west of England, and many international students. As well as a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism, we have visiting lecturers from the local NHS Trust specialist AS team and The National Autism Association (Wales).

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module.

In addition, you will study the following three specialist modules:

  • Supporting children with ASD – This is an introduction to Autism in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with Autism Spectrum.
  • The Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.


The MA SEN/ALN (Autism) course is taught by a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism. In addition, the university also offers individuals who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition who are happy to share their experiences with the students. This is complemented by workshops, group discussion and student led seminars. The varied teaching approaches encourage students to engage in discussions, exchange views and share expertise.


Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.


Full-time students are offered the opportunity to secure a voluntary placement during their year’s study.


We are able to arrange to consult and use some of the resources available at the Dyscovery Centre such as standardised assessment tools.


First degree and/or sufficient relevant experience of autism and evidence of recent study. Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Internship Scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student). If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £5150 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

Most of our MA SEN/ALN (Autism) students who study part-time, work in this specific field of work. Our full-time students quickly find work locally within education or the care sector, which offers them opportunities to apply theory to practice. A Masters degree in Autism is a major boost to a career. Whatever your profession, experience has shown us that success on the course leads to enhanced employment prospects. Parents of children diagnosed with an ASD feel empowered both from their success and the increased insight gained.

A number of students have gone on to present at national and international conferences on an aspect of the autism spectrum. Other students have secured promotion and or employment in organisations that specifically support or educate individuals on the spectrum.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.