Programmes and Courses

You can study for a range of courses and programmes within ACER, from undergraduate level through to postgraduate level, including research degrees.

The University of Birmingham is the leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK. Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by recognized experts in the field and have access to an extensive library and research materials. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study. Our courses contribute towards LDAF and NVQ.

ACER has three specific courses associated with it.

Autism (Adults) MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, distance learning
  • Distance learning

Autism (Children) MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, distance learning, taught
  • Distance learning, full time, part time

Autism Spectrum (Webautism) University Certificate

  • Undergraduate
  • Continuing professional development, distance learning,
  • Online study, 1 year

After completing one of these courses, you may wish to continue your education and research by working towards a PhD in autism. Find out more about studying for a Research Degreein the School of Education.


Student testimonials - Studying for a research degree

Graduate Lila Kossyvaki from Greece, talks about why she chose to do a PhD and what is was like studying here (In Greek with English Subtitles) 

Current student Marilena Mademtzi talks about her experience studying for a PhD. Read her profile

Patricia is studying for a PhD in Investigative Psychology at the University of Valencia and is part of the Autism Learning Difficulties group in the University. She undertook an internship in the School of Education, University of Birmingham for 6 months and worked with the Autism Centre for Educational Research (ACER). (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Please view the Postgraduate Research pagesfor more information on applying for a PhD