Taught course

Autism Research

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second class Single or Joint Honours degree in Psychology (or related subject).

Months of entry


Course content

Autism is an intriguing condition and a growing societal problem, recently estimated to cost the UK an annual £34 billion. This new and unique course combines research methods training from psychologists with practical training and experience from autism professionals, delivering the latest information on the cause, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment 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.

The course is grounded in practice and is run in co-operation with The Autism Treatment Trust and Speur Ghlan Early Intervention Service.

The course comprises modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods. 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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Catherine Grainger
+44 (0) 1786 466854