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P.Grad. Dip Applied Behaviour Analysis

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Course Director: Dr. Olive Healy (
Course Office Contact Details Ms. Yvonne Graham
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: 60 ECTS

Course Overview

This course is internationally accredited by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and offers the approved course sequence in line with the BACB® 4th Edition Task list. The course involves 1 year of study, and offers students and professionals scientific expertise in behavioural assessment, behaviour change, and positive behaviour support applicable to a range of settings including individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities), brain injury, children or adolescents in care or persons presenting with behavioural challenges. Individuals seeking to start a career in this profession are also appropriate for this programme.  This is an intensive course that provides professional training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 30 students. 
Graduates of this course are skilled (at least to minimum level) to enter and engage in the ethical practice of ABA, which includes conducting functional behavioural assessments, designing and implementing educational programmes across a range of ages and curricula, and positive behaviour support design and intervention.  Graduates of the course may go on to work in service provision, the Health Service Executive, intellectual disabilities services, early intervention or other care services.
This course provides a route for securing “Assistant Behaviour Analyst” level certification status with the BACB® (see for certification information). 
Students who complete this course are then eligible to apply to the MSc in ABA (please see entry requirements for the MSc in ABA) and the MSc in Psychology (ABA) (please see entry requirements for the MSc in Psychology (ABA).

Course Content and Structure

Course Structure

Classes are conducted every Thursday across two semesters. Taught modules run from the end of September to April. 
The course is composed of the follow modules:  (1) Basic Principles and Characteristics of ABA, (2) Ethics, (3) Selecting, Defining and Measuring Behaviour, (4) Behavioural Assessment, (5) Behavioural Intervention, Measurement, & Evaluation I, and (6) Behavioural Intervention, Measurement, & Evaluation II, (7) Supervised Practice. Further information about the course is available here.

Supervised Practice/Placement

Students are required to work or volunteer in a placement that allows them to engage in behaviour analytic practice for at least 15 hours per week.  Acceptable placements include, but are not limited to: Service providers/care services for intellectual/developmental disabilities, Special Schools, Early Intervention Services, ABA schools, Primary Schools, the HSE, or other human service settings. Students will be assisted in seeking placement once accepted onto the programme or alternatively may have secured a placement prior to entry.
While on the course, all fieldwork conducted during placement must be supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA®).  Group supervision (15 hours) is provided by the course during the year. Placements attached to the course provide supervision as part of voluntary service (minimum 15 hours weekly). 


Students are assessed through a variety of methods which include: (a) continuous assessment and cumulative exams, (b) comprehensive case work projects which include practical and written work, (c) journal summaries and  literature review, and (d) mid-term and end of year supervised placement evaluation.  Students also receive continuous feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to provide training in Behaviour Analysis to individuals with an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related human service field such as social work, education/teaching, speech and language, nursing, social care, etc. 
Applicants are evaluated based on their academic ability and motivation to achieve applied experience.  Successful applicants typically hold a second class honours undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field.  Prior experience of ABA experience is not essential.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online here.  The closing date for Applications is the 30th of June annually.
Applicants from Ireland as well as from other E.U. and non-E.U. countries who meet entry criteria are welcome to apply.
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.

Course Fees 2015/2016

EU applicants: €7,598
Non-EU applicants: €9,348
Supervision Costs: Group supervision (15 hours) is provided as part of the course fee. Additional supervision costs (minimum 15 hours) are separate and may be beyond the course fee if supervision is not secured onsite in placement.
Students must secure and maintain membership in a relevant professional organisation, e.g., the Psychological Society of Ireland or Applied Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI), and must carry student or professional liability insurance throughout the duration of the course.

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Last updated 21 July 2015 School of Psychology (Email).