Autism studies

Building capacity in communities to improve outcomes for people with autism

Our graduate program is the first and currently the only one that teaches from a range of disciplines including psychology, speech and language pathology, education and occupational therapy. This matters because autism affects all aspects of people’s lives - at home, at school, at work, in the community and throughout their lives.

Graduates of this program leave with the skills and capabilities to be a positive force for change for people with autism in their communities.

The online program is ideal for anyone who wants to further their understanding of autism, whether they are healthcare professionals, teachers, family members or people with autism who want to be at the forefront of autism research and practice.

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Why study with us?

Cohesive program structure

All of the courses in the program have been carefully developed to be cohesive. Students are introduced to concepts in one course which are then expanded upon in other courses. This provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practices and enables them to apply these to a range of situations.

Research-led learning

Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence is highly respected within the global autism community, and the academics are recognised as leaders in the field of autism study and research.

As a student, you will learn from the latest research and evidence, ensuring you are at the leading edge of autism study

A rich, engaged learning experience

The teaching team brings experience from psychology, speech and language pathology, education and occupational therapy, and our students are drawn from diverse backgrounds. This creates a rich learning environment for everyone.

Our program is delivered online using digital tutorial technology. It's all recorded so you can study when it suits you. We guide you through the material and discussion forums so you can post questions and share experiences with fellow students.

Global perspective

Autism is a condition that affects people around the world regardless of who they are or where they come from.

The knowledge and skills students gain through the course are applicable around the world.

Bernadette Beasley

Master of Autism Studies

After completing her Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies, Bernadette Beasley continued her study with Griffith’s masters program.

While studying she established her own autism consultancy that focuses on supporting children and young people with autism in schools. The success of her consultancy has meant her advice is now sought at the highest levels of government.

Bernadette Beasley

Study options

Degree Campus OP Rank
Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies Online

Master of Autism Studies Online

Master of Educational Studies Mount Gravatt

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Career outcomes

Be equipped to improve the lives of people with Autism.

Students and graduates of Griffith University’s Autism Studies program describe it as ‘transformative’. As a graduate of the program you will gain the confidence to lead positive change however and wherever that may be. You not only gain knowledge, but you also learn how to apply that knowledge to your situation.

You’ll be well prepared to advance into leadership and specialist roles in education, health, government policy, social work and service provision for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Educators with specialised knowledge in providing for the needs of learners with ASDs are in high demand in public and private education sectors such as:

  • Specialist teachers
  • School leaders
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Consultants

You’ll also have the option of completing a research masters and following a career in autism research.

Life at Griffith

Your university years are an exciting time and at Griffith, there's plenty of activities to enjoy alongside your studies.

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

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Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.

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