Course Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a structured four-year PhD full-time programme of study. It is also available part-time (six years' duration). The qualification will provide graduates with high level research skills and competencies in the applications of behavioural analysis. The programme combines a PhD thesis with the taught academic components and supervised work experience of the existing Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis programme. Students are assisted to design research that will make valuable contributions to the analysis. They conduct research that further advances an integrated, scientific understanding of the complexities of human behaviour. Students are encouraged and assisted to present their research at conferences and publish their research findings in peer-reviewed international journals.

Programmes Available

PhD (full-time, four years); part-time PhD (six years)
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from candidates who hold an upper Second Class Honours (Grade 1) standard or higher  in their primary degree (or equivalent). Evidence of motivation and proposed research will be taken into account in offering places on the programme.

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Course Outline

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Research Areas

The research undertaken as part of the research thesis will be in areas related to contemporary theory and practice in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,166 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€14,166 p.a. 2021/22

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2021/22] €3,491. p.a.

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