MSc in Autism Research

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Autism Research

University of Stirling

MSc in Autism Research

Autism is an intriguing condition and a growing societal problem, recently estimated to cost the UK an annual £34 billion. This unique course focuses on designing and applying research methods to the exploration of autism spectrum disorders, and combines this in-depth understanding of methods with practical experience derived from autism professionals. The course provides insights into research examining causes, diagnosis, prognosis and treatments of the condition. Its innovative approach combines training in psychological research methods with practical training and experience from autism professionals during a practical placement in an autism-relevant context.

Structure and content

Psychology has powerful methods to help better understand the puzzling condition of autism. The course comprises modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods and how these apply to the study of autism. Our styles of teaching research skills range from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools, to discussion of different approaches to research.

The modules include:

  • Autism
  • Psychological Research Methods I and II
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Key Skills for Psychology Researchers
  • Research placement

Alternative modules from the other taught MSc courses can also be taken for credit or audit with the agreement of the Course Coordinator.

Approximately half of your time is devoted to a research project, leading to a substantial dissertation.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery is by seminars, lectures, a research placement in a relevant context, and research supervision. Master's students have their own dedicated suite and are integrated into the thriving research culture of the Division.

Career opportunities

The course is designed for those going on to do further research in autism or as the foundation for a career as an autism professional. The structure of the course includes both a placement and research project, allowing you to develop relevant skills for both research and applied careers.


  • 2015/16 Overseas £13500
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £6000

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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