Course Overview

This Master of Science (MSc) programme is designed to meet your needs as a practitioner to improve socially significant behaviours in individuals with development disabilities through behavioural assessment and application of evidence based interventions. Students will gain skills to work as practitioners in the areas of education, rehabilitation and behaviour support. The principles and strategies of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can be applied to a range of human behaviour, including social skills, academic and adaptive skills, as well as to support individuals with challenging behaviour. In addition, the programme aims to provide students with training and supervision to conduct applied research with clinical populations. Applied Behaviour Analysis is comprised of evidenced based practices which are often recommened as the best approach for working with people with intellectual disabilities or pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.

This 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.

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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

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.

2 years, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

31 March 2016

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

The MSc involves full-time study for two years. Lectures are held one day per week, with additional clinical supervision sessions provided on designated days. The course provides students with opportunities to gain experience working within schools and services that support individuals with differential diagnoses, which facilitates the integration of the course’s practical and academic elements. The course offers approved clinical placements which students can pursue. Placement is not compulsory and an alternative assessment can be selected instead.

The programme offers a thorough training in a variety of behaviour change procedures, functional assessment technologies and skills teaching practices. Students are given training in the theoretical foundations of behaviour analysis and are provided with the skills to work as practitioners. A strong emphasis is placed on the ability to work with, and provide treatment for, diverse and complex cases. Students will become competent in the design of educational and rehabilitative programmes in an applied environment. The course is accredited by the internationally recognised Behavior Analyst Certification Board (, allowing graduates to work as practitioners in organisations or as independent contractors both nationally and internationally.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Past students have been employed nationally and internationally across a variety of education and behaviour support services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, students are supporting individuals within mental health services, residential and community living environments, and acquired brain injury rehabilitation services. The programme will prepare you for a career in clinical and educational settings, and will also provide you with a foundation for further postgraduate study (e.g., clinical or educational psychology) and research at PhD level.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,450 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,226 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€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.

Find out More

Dr Geraldine Leader
T: +353 91 493 434