Postgraduate Study

The School of Education at QUB offers a validated Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Enquiries are welcome from potential local as well as international students who want to join the lively group of full-time, part-time, and external postgraduate research students.

Please click here for two Training and Learning Postgrad Videos entitled, 'An overview of the Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc’, and, ‘Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders MSc.’

MSc in Autism Spectrum Disorders

This programme, developed in consultation with Principals of Special Schools and individuals with expertise within this specialist field, is designed to facilitate the professional development of Teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area.   

The programme aims to enable the study of the theory and practice underpinning this specialist area, in order to enhance understanding and ability to engage in research- and evidence-based practice.

A number of our modules can be taken online.


The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a highly interactive blended learning programme providing professionals from a wide range of backgrounds with scientifically validated expertise that is applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum, learning, and pedagogy. The programme includes a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) approved course sequence (4th Edition Tasklist) (practice element not included).

This programme should be of interest to professionals wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, to those in the ‘helping’ professions (e.g. teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists) and students preparing for PhD studies.

The MSc ABA video is now live on our YouTube channel here

Flexibility and Short Courses

Students can exit the programme at various points: those exiting after 60 credit points will receive an Advanced Certificate of Education.  Those exiting after 120 credit points will gain a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Education. Those who wish to obtain a Master's will complete a 15-20,000 word dissertation. This is a supervised piece of work undertaken with a specialist in the field.

Whilst students enrolled on the MSc will be required to take modules with a total of 120 CATS points and a dissertation in order to complete the programme successfully, there are also opportunities for students to enrol on any of the modules as a standalone 'short course'.  Those students who meet entrance criteria for the MSc may thus enrol on a short course and accumulate credit points which may eventually lead to a Diploma or Master's.