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Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Course Code: IET31A

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder) 

Entry Requirements:

Normally, H2.2 at Postgraduate Level (on completion of Stage 1 of the Programme or equivalent).


One year September to August. 

Fees (euro):


Application Process:

By application form. Closing date for applications is 16th May 2018.

Next Intake:

September 2018

Closing Date: 2018-05-16

Programme Overview

Participants are invited to become more discerning professionals in an evolving, developing and emerging society by understanding the potential contribution of research towards the learner in society. Participants will be enabled to become more effective practitioners by further enhancing their investigative, analytical, collaborative and critical competences.

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.

At the beginning of the second year of the MA programme participants accepted onto this stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within their chosen 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 December 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 specific pathway chosen by the participant.

Modules Year 2 - both modules are core modules


  • Advanced Research Module (Core 15 ECTS)
  • Dissertation Module (Core 30 ECTS)

Downloads & Other Information

Download Application Form For Existing Students (Stage 2)


Download Application Form For New Students (Stage 2)


Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity Prospectus

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585

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