Taught course

Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies)

Edge Hill University · History, Geography and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as social sciences or other human sciences.

It may be possible to join the course without a degree if you are in full-time employment, have a minimum of five years’ work experience, and can demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development through a portfolio and written statement.

Applications are particularly welcomed from ‘experts by experience’, including autistic people, as well as their family members or carers.

An interview will form part of the selection process if you do not meet the degree requirements outlined above.

Months of entry


Course content

How do modern attitudes and interventions in autism affect autistic people? And what do autistic people and the autistic community think of these? Studying with us, you’ll develop a grounding in autism and be encouraged to view autism as a form of cognitive diversity that occurs naturally. From early approaches to contemporary models of best practice, we’ll encourage you to explore current discussions and controversies.

Not only will you benefit from specialist training, you’ll also learn from autistic people who work alongside our interdisciplinary department. Hear about their experiences and learn to appreciate autism as a unique way of being.

Want to take your learning to the next level? You’ll have the chance to go on a field trip to explore international perspectives of autism. And there is an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a work setting.

We’ve designed this degree for anyone who works or communicates regularly with autistic people. The course offers an opportunity to take on continuing professional development (CPD) and boost your career prospects. We particularly welcome applications from autistic people, their families and carers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)1695 575171