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Psychological Research Methods (Autism Research) MSc

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 the 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.

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.

Work placements

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

Faculty facilities

The Psychology department has outstanding laboratory space fitted with high-quality equipment. It has excellent computing infrastructure, and both research and teaching activities are supported by in-house technical staff with computing, programming, electronic and audio-video expertise.

We’ve invested heavily in research infrastructure, including our own Pre-School Playgroup, which provides an outstanding facility for developmental research and teaching. Purpose-built laboratory space has also been created to support human electrophysiology research (EEG/ERPs), health research (including GSR and heart rate monitoring), face research (including eye-tracking) and vision research (including stereoscopic displays).

Research

We have one of the leading psychology departments in the UK, which ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014). It was one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so, the others being Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor.

Our quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland, and the relevance of our psychology research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).

Our MSc students get involved in our lively community of research excellence.

After you graduate

The Autism Research pathway 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 a research project, allowing you to develop relevant skills for both research and applied careers.

Students who complete this MSc may also be eligible to apply for an ESRC 1+3 studentship.


Visit the Psychological Research Methods (Autism Research) MSc page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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