MA Inclusion: Autism (Adults)

MA/Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
MA 36 months; PGCert 12 months
Course Type
Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

2022 - 2023
£3,540 (UK)
£6,810 (International)
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The MA Inclusion (Autism Adults) degree has been designed for those who want to make a difference to the lives of adults, young people and children with diverse needs.

This specialist pathway in Autism (Adults) is specific to those working with adults and young people. It will provide you with knowledge of the autism spectrum, 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. Through this degree, you will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and critiques of research, educational policy and practice and have the opportunity to investigate historical and cultural aspects of disability.  

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 you will use your professional skills to select and research topics of relevance to your own situation. 

The coursework is designed to enable you to apply learning to your own setting as well as undertake original research relevant to your area of work. As it is part-time and distance learning, you can study flexibly around work and personal commitments - most of our students are working alongside their studies.

MA Inclusion

The MA Inclusion degree is a unique three-year, part-time course which has been designed for those who want to make a difference to the lives of young people, adults and children with diverse needs. It has been designed for teachers and other educational and care professionals working in a range of national and international settings.

Our approach on this distance education course, will enable you to investigate inclusive practice through multiple lenses and to embrace cultural, linguistic and developmental diversity. You will be able to choose module options from across an unrivalled range of provision in Inclusive Education within the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.

The MA Inclusion is made up of 180 credits which consists of 3 compulsory taught modules (60 credits), a number of optional modules (60 credits) in the named pathway and a 60 credit dissertation. Successful completion of the 180 credits leads to the award of MA Inclusion.

Why study this course?

MA Inclusion pathways

You may also be interested in our other specialist pathways on the MA Inclusion.

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Those taking a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) will need to complete the three compulsory modules listed below (60 credits in total). Those progressing onto the MA in the second year will need to choose a further 60 credits from the optional modules (which include core modules from the other pathways on the MA Inclusion) and complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding Common and Diverse Needs of Autistic Adults and Young People  (20 credits)*
  • Using Enabling Practice with Autistic Adults and Young People (20 credits)*
  • Inclusion: Universal and Specialist Approaches (20 credits)

*The title and content of the module is provisional and awaiting final University approval.   

Optional Modules 

View the list of optional modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees 2022 - 2023


  • Code  584G PGCert £3,540
  • Code  585G MA £3,540


  • Code 584G PGCert £6,810
  • Code  585G MA £6,810

Fees for distance learning programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2022. The fees are fixed at this price for each year of study for the duration of the programme.

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Scholarships and Loans

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan which provides up to £11,570 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021 for taught and research Masters courses in most subject areas. This includes Distance Learning. 

Other scholarships may be available, please view the  Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the  international scholarships page.

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via  online enquiries. 

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

Normally a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant area of practice or discipline. Vocational qualifications are accepted as criteria for entry to this course.

Most students will have some relevant professional experience and all applicants are encouraged to gain relevant experience in educational, care or other professional settings before, and during, embarking on a programme of study.

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 7 with no less than 6.5 in each band or equivalent qualification.

English language support

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. 

International Requirements

You will have a personal tutor in a small tutor group. Study is supported through interactive online materials, telephone and email contact which will allow you to learn through interaction with other students. Internet access is required for the course. You will have access to an extensive library, research materials and a large online community of students in the field of autism. 

Whilst this degree is a distance learning course which is delivered online, you will have the opportunity to attend campus for optional face to face intensive teaching.


The MA Inclusion: Autism (Adults) course is evidence of professional specialism for practitioners working in the field.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with Adults with Autism.



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