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Autism Studies (Distance Learning)

12 months
8400 GBP/year
6200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Autism Studies (Distance Learning) programme from University of Kent provides the academic background necessary for good practice both with autistic individuals and organisations that provide or arrange support.


The Autism Studies (Distance Learning) programme from University of Kent is designed for graduates and practitioners, giving you the confidence to apply an advanced level of knowledge to many real-life situations. Gain a specialist, vocational qualification that will develop your career in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism.

Reasons to study Autism Studies (Distance Learning) at Kent

  • Study alongside some of the UK’s leading academics working in autism, learning disability and community care.
  • We offer a range of funding opportunities to fund your studies.
  • As a student or graduate, you can join the Tizard Practitioners’ Network of experts in the field.
  • Our distance learning course allows you to fit your studies around your work and personal life.
  • Receive academic and professional support from leading clinicians and researchers in the field of intellectual disabilities and autism.
  • Benefit from our excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.


Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities.

Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Career destinations include working as a clinical specialist, special needs advisor, autism teacher and ABA tutor for various health and special needs organisations such as the Step by Step School, Special Help 4 Special Needs and WA Health.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Behaviour Analysis and Intervention 
  • Service Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Distance Learning 
  • Extended Essay 
  • Social Psychology of Autism 
  • Social Psychology of Autism: Advanced
  • Case Study Assessment and Intervention 
  • Research Project in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good honours degree, typically in psychology or other relevant social sciences, or comparable professional qualifications and experience.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6200 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU - £6300


  • UK - £3100
  • EU - £3150
  • International - £4200

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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