Course Overview

This MA (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorder) offers a level 9 qualification for all professionals interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).   

Research methods are critical to successful study at MA level and will incorporate problem-solving activities, action research in professional contexts and the opportunity to link theory and practice in general and in terms of the execution of coursework.  Participants accepted onto the Masters stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within the Special Educational Needs (ASD) pathway.  They will also be looking forward to choosing the area of study for their MA dissertation and beginning to reflect on possible research methodologies for their dissertation.  The Advanced Research Module (15 ECTs) will provide students with the opportunity to make and implement informed choices regarding professionally relevant areas of research for their dissertation and to do this with the guidance and support of tutors and peers.  Lectures take place at weekends between September and November and students use the remainder of the year to carry out research and draft material for their MA Dissertation.

The final dissertation will be a maximum of 20,000 words and the topic chosen by the participant must be related to the Special Educational Needs (ASD) pathway.

Applications and Selections

Complete and submit Application Form to the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (Education Department) at St. Angela's College.

MA New Students (Stage 2) Application Form

MA Existing Students (Stage 2) Application Form


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Successful completion of stage one, 

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants require an award of H2.2 or higher in the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorder) in order to be considered for this MA.

Additional Requirements


One year, part-time

Next start date

Autumn 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning.

Participants are required to attend up to 4 weekends of lectures between September and November with a further workshop scheduled to take place in January.  Weekend lectures consist of sessions from 6:00-9:00pm on Friday evening and sessions from 9.30 – 5pm on Saturdays.  At the end of the series of lectures students will be required to submit a Dissertation Proposal in November.  A tutor will be assigned to you and once your proposal has been deemed successful you can progress on to the dissertation stage. 

ECTS weighting


Master of Arts (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorders)


Course code

Course Outline

This MA is considered stage two with a Postgraduate Diploma being completed in stage one, leading to preparation for and completion of a Masters level dissertation. 

Stage Two Modules:

  • Advanced Research (Core)
  • Dissertation (Core)

Programme commences in September 2020 with submission of 20,000 word dissertation in summer 2021.  

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

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Ms Mary Kearns
Senior Administrator
Education Department
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                           What Our Students Say


Maebh Egan |   PDip,MA Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

I really enjoy my two years studying with St. Angela's. I was nervous when I was first accepted onto the Postgraduate Diploma in SEN (ASD) course as it involved a lot of time out of class but I can honestly say it was the most beneficial year for me professionally. I learned so much that helps me support the students in my class. The St. Angela's lecturers were very supportive and always had a few nuggets of wisdom to share with us, they really are experts in their field. I've also been able to share my learning with my colleagues in school. When I progressed onto the MA in SEN (ASD), I knew it would be a busy year. The research module really set us up for success and the range of information we received from the various lectures really stood to me when writing my dissertation.