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M.Sc. Applied Behaviour Analysis

Course Director: Dr. Maeve Bracken (
Course Office Contact Details: Telephone +353-1-896 3907
Course Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Closing Date for Applications:

Closing Date for Applications: 30 June annually. Late applications may be considered if places remain available after the closing date.

ECTS Credits: 90 ECTS

Applicants for this course must hold the Post-Graduate Diploma in ABA or an equivalent course which would enable them to sit for the BCaBA examination.


Course Description

This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 8 students.
Classes are normally arranged to take place one day during the week with occasional additional classes taking place as required to accommodate visiting lecturers etc. Placement practice in behaviour analysis which is ongoing throughout the year must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor.

Course Content and Structure

Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. There are casework projects to be submitted throughout the course, literature reviews, and a research dissertation of 10,000 (minimum) words. Students who register for the MSc in ABA have a slightly different coursework requirement than those who register for the MSc in Psychology (ABA). This is due to the nature of their primary degree which is in a health related area rather than in Psychology. This essentially means that in their Special Topics Module they will have to complete one special topic on a Theoretical Approach in ABA and 3 Special Topics on Instructional Procedures in ABA.
Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed at mid and end of course. Students should maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.
All aspects of the course must be passed for the Court of Examiners to recommend a student for the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Graduates of this course are skilled to engage in the ethical practice and research of ABA, to conduct functional behavioural assessments, implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and analyse and display data to make informed decisions around intervention and learning needs. They understand the methods of research in behaviour analysis and demonstrate competency in conducting and writing up an applied research project to a publishable standard. Graduates may expect to be employed by the Health Service Executive, autism services, voluntary agencies, private schools, parents, the Department of Education and Science, and Universities. They may also provide supervision to other behaviour analysts, within the guidelines of the relevant Codes of Ethics/Professional Practice.

Modules and ECTS

              MSc in ABA


PS7080 Module 1:  Advanced  research & data analysis procedures  in    behaviour analysis I



PS7901 Module 2:  Conceptual Issues in Behavioural Analysis


PS7082 Module 3:  Research Dissertation Proposal


PS7083 Module 4:   Supervised Research and Practice


Module 5:  Total of 4 Special Topics in ABA;
(i)  1 based on Theoretical Applications in ABA (1 x 5 credits)
(ii) 3 based on Instructional Procedures in ABA. The Instructional Procedures topics have a compulsory lecture and/or workshop component. Each of these 3 will have separate coursework (3 x 5 credits)

4 options x 5 credits  = 20

PS7084 Module 6:   Research Dissertation


Total ECTS



Special Topics

Instructional Procedures

PS7078 - ABA in Multidisciplinary Teams (5 ECTS)

PS7079 – Advanced Instructional Procedures: Precision Teaching (5 ECTS)

PS7085 – ABA with persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (5 ECTS)

Theoretical Applications

PS7077 – Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis

PS7088 – Applications of Recent Theoretical Advances in Behaviour Analysis (5 ECTS)

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an honours degree in a human service field, i.e., Nursing, Social Work, Speech and Language, Education, Child Care, etc.,  from a recognised University. Applicants are also required to have completed a PG Diploma in ABA or a course which allows them to sit for the BCABA exam. For further information on entry requirements please contact the course director, Maeve Bracken, at

How to Apply

Applications for admission must be submitted online here.  The closing date for applications is 30th June.  Late applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2015/2016:
EU applicants: €8,983
Non-EU applicants: €17,733
Individual and group supervision costs are separate and in addition to the course fee.
Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU or Non-EU student (Graduate Studies) and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status.

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