Autism is a developmental disorder diagnosed on the basis of social-communication impairments, fixated interests and repetitive behaviours. Research in autism spectrum disorders is important, not just to understand the causes and symptoms of autism, but to make sure that individuals with autism receive the best possible support.

The MSc Psychological Research Methods (specialising in Autism Research) is a unique course designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of both psychological research methods, and the current field of research surrounding autism spectrum disorders. You'll learn about key areas of theory and research in autism, from classification and diagnosis to socio-cognitive and developmental theories.

Our innovative approach combines training and teaching in psychological research methods with hands-on experience during a practical placement in an autism-relevant context, and the opportunity to engage in an autism-based research project.

Masters students have their own dedicated MSc office and are integrated into the thriving research culture of the Psychology department.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We combine training and teaching in psychological research methods with hands-on experience during a practical

#2 3rd in Scotland for Psychology (REF2014)

#3 The course includes a research project, allowing you to develop relevant skills for research

Work placements

You’ll undertake a practical placement in an autism-relevant context.

Course details

Psychology has powerful methods to help better understand the condition of autism. This MSc Psychological Research Methods (Autism Research) is made up of modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods and how these apply to the study of autism.


Teaching is done in seminars, lectures, a research placement in a relevant context and research supervision. The way we teach research skills ranges from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools to discussion of different approaches to research.

Course director

Dr Catherine Grainger, Course Director

Postgraduate Secretary

Linda Cullen

+44 (0) 1786 466854


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £6,300.
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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
6,300 GBP
Overseas: £15,250 Home/EU: £6,300.
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