Online postgraduate studies on autism in UK (updated April 2013)
One of the latest ideas that has occurred to me is to study an online university postgraduate on autism in the UK. I want to get a stronger basis on autism in general, I prefer university education and contacts, and I need an online course. Why UK and not USA is fundamentally a matter of money: as a citizen of the European Union, the European university fees are “relatively” low. Also, any trip to attend a workshop is shorter and more affordable for me.
Well, I do not know if I’ll finally follow the course, but what if I’ve done so far is a list of courses that meet those requirements, so I put them here in case they are useful for anyone. I have more data, because I’ve spoken with all the respective universities, and I am willing to share it if anyone asks me. And I would love to contact anyone who has attended these courses or have more information about them. Also, I plan to compile a similar lists but focused on USA university programs.
There are studies that clearly are centered on autism. Others are focused on “intellectual disabilities” and there is even an MSc in Applied Psychology. All are online, although some include workshops which can be more or less long (and voluntary).
For those interested in classroom courses (not just online, but also in UK), there is a good list at Postgrad.com.
Queen's University Belfast Autistic Spectrum Disorders CA (1 module)
PGDip (1 or 2)
MSc (1 to 3)
1,307-3,920 per year Full time (1 year) and part time (3 years). MSc can be done in 1 to 5 years. Only the 'Behaviour analysis in theory' module is online.
University of Birmingham / ACER (Autism Centre for Education and Research) Autism (Adults) AdCer (1)
2,660-2,900 per year 2 study weekends (Friday to Sunday) the first year; regional or online tutors
University of Birmingham / ACER Autism (Children) AdCer (0.5-1)
1,710-5,130 per year 2 study weekends (Friday to Sunday) the first year; regional or online tutors; also full time
University of Birmingham / ACER Autism Spectrum Disorders (Webautism) Ucert (1)
1,300 per year It seems the more focused on parents
University of Kent / Tizard Centre Autism Studies PCert (1)
770 - 4,950 per year 2 workshop weeks during the year; part time option (each course in 2 years)
University of Kent / Tizard Centre Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Pdip (2)
770 - 4,950 per year Same conditions
University of Liverpool Applied Psychology MSc (2-3) 10,558 (UK), €15,708 (EU) Not focused only on autism
University of Portsmouth Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities MSc (2-3) 3,000 per year Not focused only on autism
University of Strathclyde / National Centre for Autism Studies Autism PgCert (1,3)
850 - 1,700 per year Induction weekend; weekly evening online tutorials (or regional presential tutorials)