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The School of Psychology at Bangor University offers modern undergraduate degree programmes, which are fully BPS accredited and a range of postgraduate programmes which reflect the research strengths of the school. The School has achieved excellent ratings in terms of both research and teaching performance and has invested extensively in a modern teaching, learning and research environment, including brain imaging (MRI) technology. Students have access to state-of-the-art research and computing facilities and the opportunity to study under world-renowned academic staff. The School also boasts a number of prestigious research centres including the Wolfson Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Centre for Experimental Consumer Psychology, as well as being in the vanguard of academic research in these fields, offer students unique opportunities for project work covering important theoretical and practical elements.

This programme is aimed at those wishing to specialise in applied behaviour analysis. The course is designed to develop advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic principles of behaviour analysis and the application of the principles within clinical and research settings.

The programme has been developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in collaboration with the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). It covers their entire Task List specifications and is recognised by the BACB as providing the content eligibility criteria necessary to sit the full BCBA exam. Those who, once on the 12 month MSc, successfully apply to transfer onto the 18 month MSc with practicum will also fulfil the applied work experience requirement and will be eligible to sit the BACB exams.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full MSc. The full course leads to a Master’s degree, but it is designed to be flexible to meet the differing needs of our students. For example, you may choose to take a smaller number of modules for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, or for Continuous Professional Development purposes. The course requires attendance at university on two full days per week as a full time student and one day as a part time student. Studying via distance learning is by prior arrangement only and is not available to all prospective students. Applicants who wish to enquire about distance learning options must contact the course director prior to making an application to the course.


Is the course offered as distance-learning? The course is primarily neither distance learning or online learning. We have some distance sites, however these are professional settings who send their staff on the course. Under special circumstances, distance sites can accommodate some additional students, however this is by special arrangement with the Course Director.

When are the classes? Students are required to come to class Tuesdays 10 to 5pm (part-time first years), Mondays 10 to 5pm (second year part-timers) or both if full time, plus exams and welcome day. Please note that these times and days are subject to change.

Is a 'Practicum' option offered with this course? Students starting the 12 month MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis can apply to do the course over 18 months and graduate with MSc ABA with Practicum. This involves completing 1500 hours of supervised work (10-20 hrs per week unpaid) in a practicum setting arranged by the course instead of a thesis. The setting is arranged by the university and supervision is provided by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and students cannot complete the practicum in a setting of their choosing. Written applications from students enrolled on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis are invited in September of each year, and the application process includes interviews and written statements. Places are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.

Student Profiles

To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course consists of two parts. Part One comprises taught modules designed around the BACB Task List. The first four modules introduce the basic theory and practice of the science and the second four offer more detailed analysis of both applied and research procedures.

On successful completion of Part One, you will proceed to Part Two - a clinical research study, planned and conducted in collaboration with your BCBA-qualified research supervisor.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is done through a combination of taught workshops, seminars, specialised computer-based instructional packages and practical ’hands-on’ research experience. We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and that uses the principles of behaviour analysis. This requires innovative course content and instructional procedures, measurement of learning, flexible communication among students and staff, and a friendly and supportive environment. Assessment methods include written examinations, oral presentations, case reports, essays, and a research thesis.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Applied Behaviour Analysis Modules page.

Careers and Employability

This BCAB recognised MSc is a highly relevant qualification for those interested in pursuing a career with special educational or developmental needs in a wide range of settings.

Visit the Applied Behaviour Analysis - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Bangor University website for more details!






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