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Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc

Course Description

The course is designed for professionals who work (or intend to work) in teaching and caring professions, e.g. with people with autism, Down’s Syndrome and other learning disabilities, in general behaviour management, education, parent support and training, community development, and adult mental health. Students will develop practical skills e.g. the ability to select and apply behavioural assessment and intervention procedures; gather experimental evidence for the efficacy of proposed behavioural interventions and adjust them accordingly; display skills and knowledge for leadership roles in social and community settings; articulate ethical principles and employ these in clinical decision making.

Key benefits

- Three members of the teaching staff on the MSc in ABA are Board Certified Behaviour Analysts. All staff have a strong record of research and/or teaching in both experimental and applied behaviour analysis. This quality of teaching has been recognised through numerous international awards for the dissemination of the science.

- Those students who completed the course whilst in employment have gone on to bring their new skillset to such diverse backgrounds as education (Special Needs and mainstream), social work, and mental health nursing.

- Work placement/ study abroad available

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/applied-behaviour-analysis-9008

Course detail

- Description -

The broad aim of the MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis is to give students the opportunity to develop their theoretical and conceptual knowledge in behaviour analysis, develop skills in behavioural assessment, and acquire the ability to work in partnership with clients where they plan and implement programmes that are aimed at establishing, strengthening and/or weakening targeted behaviours.

- Purpose -

The programme aims to provide a foundation that contributes to the preparation of candidates interested in applying for the internationally recognised examination leading to Board Certification in Behaviour Analysis (BCBA). It will normally be completed over two calendar years to allow time for students to obtain relevant work experience, which is a requirement for certification in Behaviour Analysis.

- Course format and assessment -

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

A variety of teaching methods and learning environments are utilised to provide an optimal framework for study, the development of skills and expertise, the production of coursework, and preparation for examinations.As with any Masters programme, completion of a dissertation based on a research project is a major part of the assessment. The strategies from which students are expected to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the course are:

- listening and note taking in lectures
- private study, initially guided by recommended reading
- preparation and presentation of assignments using a range of media
- participation in seminars
- design, execution and analysis of a range of methods of enquiry
- exploration, acquisition and analysis of data
- observation and monitoring of professional practice
- taking responsibility for gaining appropriate advice and guidance from relevant sources
- managing their learning both as individuals and team members articulating the relevance of their learning for their own personal and career development

Career prospects

Those students who have completed the course have gone on to have successful careers in a number of areas. For example numerous students have gone on to work for local health authorities and charities as behaviour specialists in both Northern Irland and the Republic of Ireland. Numerous students have gone on to work privately by providinh hoe- and school-based behavioural interventions for families. A number of students who completed their placement year with the New England Center for Children (NECC) in Boston went on to work for NECC in London and Abu Dhabi.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nicola McAuley

"The MSc in ABA has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience which I use in my practice today. I completed my placement module in America in the world renowned ‘New England Center for Children’. In this school for children with Autism, I was able to put the theory into practice. This course is fantastic and is essential for those who are interested in pursuing a career in Behaviour Analysis."


Entry Requirements

You should possess a second class honours degree in psychology or equivalent subject (e.g., education, child development, social work) and have relevant experience. Candidates will be interviewed to assess motivation and experience.The closing date for applications for entry is 30 April and interviews are held in May. Applications received after that date may be considered if all places are not filled. If all places are filled then late applications will be considered the following year. English language entry requirements: View Website

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