MSc in Autism  Related Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Positively reviewed by the National Autistic Society.  

Features of the course you might like:

1. The course is wholly online

2. It incorporates practice work as well as theoretical learning

3. It is collaborative.  So you work with other students on joint activities

4. It will take you to a level of knowledge and practice that, if you are qualified in a relevant professional field, will enable you to practice as a specialist in that field, for example as the psychologist in an autism or ADHD team

5. Covers the curriculum of Enhanced level training as set out in the Scottish Government/ NHS for Education Scotland Training Plan for Autism

6. If you are a parent, carer, or a person with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as an autism spectrum condition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or a speech and language disorder, you will have access to the latest information about services, and about the science behind the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions.  And of course we do not neglect the increasing contribution that people with neurodevelopmental conditions make to society.

I was fortunate to be able to review this course as part of the validation process for Middlesex University. As such I was able to explore in some detail the thinking behind it and the outstanding way the content has been presented and organised to ensure ease of navigation and access through distance learning. It is bound to appeal to those from the UK and overseas who are unable to travel but who wish to study this important topic at an advanced level under the tutelage of such renowned experts in the field. Richard Mills, Director of Research, Research Autism

About the teachers and tutor:

Professor Digby Tantam started the world's first assessment clinic purely for older adolescents and adults suspected of having an autism spectrum condition or related difficulty in 1980 and has been providing that continuously ever since.  His service was the first NHS service to introduce counselling and is one of the few combined clinics offering assessment of ay neurodevelopmental disorders.  He is a qualified psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, and counsellor and the author of 'Autism spectrum conditions through the Life-Span (published by Jessica Kingsley). 

What the course covers



​Take a look at this demonstration of one of the course pages


Duration of course: 2 - 4 Years 

Entry Requirements:

  • At least a second class first degree or an equivalent professional qualification
  • A professional background relevant to working with people with developmental disorders, such as medicine, psychology, nursing, education, speech therapy, social work, coaching, counselling. 
  • Alternatively, a personal experience of caring for or living with a neurodevelopmental disorder 
  • Regular, reliable and private access to the internet
  • Fluent English (IELTS for study score of 7.0 or TOEFL score of 87)
  • Personal suitability for the course to be demonstrated at interview


This course is validated by Middlesex University.


 It is possible for candidates who choose not to complete the full programme, to exit after one year with a PG Certificate in Autism (completion of the autism spectrum disorder module is required) or after two years with a PG Diploma.

Start Dates:

Autumn, Winter and Spring start dates are available on this programme