MSc (Applied Behaviour Analysis)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This Master of Science (MSc) programme is designed to meet your needs as a practitioner to improve services in the intellectual and developmental disabilities, education, rehabilitation, and mental health fields. The principles and strategies of ABA can be used to alter a wide range of human behaviour and are often recommended as the best practice approach for working with people with intellectual disabilities and/or pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.

The course is accredited by the internationally recognised Behavior Analyst Certification Board, allowing graduates to work as practitioners in organisations or as independent contractors abroad as well as in Ireland.

The programme follows the scientist-practitioner model, providing students with an integrated training in ABA's academic, practical and research aspects.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates who hold a Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent). Evidence of relevant experience and motivation will be taken into account in offering places on the course.

Additional requirements

Garda Vetting/Police Clearance is required for this programme.

Duration: 2 years, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 15

Closing date: 23 May 2015

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The MSc involves full-time study for two-years. Lectures are scheduled one day per week as students are encouraged to seek employment in a clinical/educational setting to facilitate the integration of the practical and academic elements of the course.

The programme features thorough training in a wide variety of techniques in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Students are given training in the theoretical foundations of behaviour analysis as well a multitude of skills to train as practitioners in a real world setting. There is a strong emphasis placed on the ability to work with, and provide treatment for, diverse and complex populations. Students learn to demonstrate competence in the design of educational and rehabilitative programmes in an applied environment.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Requirements and assessment

Participants will be assessed throughout the programme by a combination of project assignments, case study reports, thesis research, and written examinations.

Find out more

Dr Geraldine Leader
T: +353 91 493 434


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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,450 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,226 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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