Programmes and Courses

The University of Birmingham is a leading provider of programmes which focus on autism and education. Our programmes develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by recognized experts in the field and have access to an extensive library and research materials.

You can study for a range of courses and programmes within ACER, from undergraduate level through to postgraduate level, including research degrees. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study and our courses contribute towards LDAF and NVQ.

Download the Autism Course Brochure (PDF, 375KB) 

Taught courses

ACER has three specific taught courses associated with it.

  • Autism (Adults)  MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate
  • Autism (Children) MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate
  • Autism Spectrum (Webautism) University Certificate 

Research degrees

You may also study for a research degree focussing on autism. Read the profiles below to find out more about some of the students who are currently studying for a research degree.

Aikaterini Tavoulari Similarities in Stereotyped Behaviour in Autism Spectrum and Blindness: Perceptions of parents, professionals, children on the autism spectrum and individuals with visual impairment

Alexia Achtypi How can iPad applications be effectively used to support the social communication and emotional regulation of primary school-age children with autism?

Geoff Fitzpatrick Autism and Environmental Design

Marilena Mademtzi The Use of Innovative Technology to Promote Movement and Self-regulation Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Condition in School-Based environments: The Pictogram Room Paradigm

Lynda Smith What do family narratives reveal about how families sustain caring for children with autism at home?

Rebecca Wood Can Children with Autism in Mainstream Primary Schools be Fully Included in the Curriculum? 

Student testimonials

Graduate Lila Kossyvaki from Greece, talks about why she chose to do a PhD and what is was like studying here (In Greek with English Subtitles)  

Current student Marilena Mademtzi talks about her experience studying for a PhD. Read her profile

Patricia is studying for a PhD in Investigative Psychology at the University of Valencia and is part of the Autism Learning Difficulties group in the University. She undertook an internship in the School of Education, University of Birmingham for 6 months and worked with the Autism Centre for Educational Research (ACER). (In Spanish with English subtitles)


Please view the Postgraduate Research pages for more information on applying for a PhD