The MSc Autism is suitable for anyone looking to pursue full-time study in this area. Our full-time MSc version of the programme is open to international students.
The MSc Autism provides a critical understanding of the conceptual frameworks relevant to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This Master’s level course enables you to understand complex cognitive and affective theories essential to supporting the autism profile.
This knowledge will enable you to translate theory into practice and to critically evaluate evidence-based approaches to intervention. Our philosophy that autistic people require a holistic approach throughout their life journey means you can draw upon experiences of our multi-professional student cohort. Our students include leading professionals, students on the spectrum and those with dual professional-parental experiences. Your learning will be inspired from input provided by internationally respected autism experts.
What you’ll study
You'll take four compulsory classes and two optional classes and then complete dissertation. You'll be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will support your studies.
You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This allows international students to complete their studies in their home country, potentially reducing the financial cost and time away from your family.
You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice. We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support whilst you carry out and report your dissertation. We endeavour to match you with the best fit for your area of specialism.
Our theory to practice philosophy means we embed your learning experience with autism practice opportunities. As a student you'll have an opportunity to enhance your learning experience with a practice-study placement within our partner autism organisation.
Dr. Anna Robinson is the programme leader.
The National Centre for Autism Studies
The centre has been responsible for a number of key policy and research outputs aimed at improving autism practice throughout Scotland. You’ll have access to these projects which include:
A National Training Framework for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dunlop, A-W & MacKay, T. A. W. N. (2004)
The Autism Toolbox: An Autism Resource for Scottish Schools, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C., Leask, A.; Glashan, L., Robinson, A. & Marwick, H. (2009)
Policy into Practice: Accreditation Project Report. A Collaborative Autism Education & Training Project Supporting the Development of ASD Accreditation Standards for Trainers and Developing personal accreditation routes for ASD training participants, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C. & Robinson, A. (2009)
Undergraduate degree in a related discipline, or equivalent qualification and direct experience of living or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Experience is essential as students must demonstrate theory to practice links
There's the potential for accreditation of prior experience. To discuss this route please contact Postgraduate Enquires
Applicants without a degree/significant professional experience may apply for the non-graduating course*. Please contact Postgraduate Enquiries for further information on the requirements of the non-graduating structure
applicants must complete a statement as part of their application detailing their experience of working and/or living with people with ASD
Fees & funding
2016/17 - MSc £3,600
Rest of UK :
2016/17 - MSc £3,600
2016/17 - MSc £11,000