Course Overview

This Master of Science (MSc) programme provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to kick-start your career as a practitioner.  Students will learn about the principles of ABA and how these are applied in the real world to improve socially significant behaviours for a range of populations, including children and adults with developmental disabilities, students who may be struggling in mainstream education and those who have an acquired brain injury.  The science of ABA has broad applications and this is reflected in the MSc programme and in the diverse career paths of our graduates.  This programme is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS), comprising part of the eligibility requirements for certification from the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board, which is internationally recognised. Read more on the BACB.

The programme provides students with the training and supervision required to conduct applied research with clinical populations.  In addition we have a number of course-affiliated placements, where you can obtain fieldwork and supervision that counts towards the requirements of the BACB.  Applied Behaviour Analysis has a strong evidence base, comprising over 50 years of applied research.  It is recommended by the largest ever review of research into interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), The National Standards Project, (National Autism Centre, 2009, 2015) as having the strongest evidence base of all interventions for ASD.  

Our programme follows the scientist-practitioner model, providing students with integrated training in the academic, practical and research aspects of the science of ABA.

NUI Galway offers a Verified Course Sequence (VACS) which is applicable towards BACB eligibility requirements. More information.

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

Our staff team has extensive clinical and research expertise. In addition, we have a pool of high-quality guest lecturers who share the wealth of their experience in their specialist area(s) with our students. 

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.


Additional Requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
Duration

2 years, full-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Applications are closed. We will be receiving applications again in Spring 2018

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYA68

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 with associated supervision. Placement is not compulsory and an alternative assessment can be selected instead. We strongly recommend that you undertake a supervised placement for 2-3 days per week.

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. This course covers the Task List as set out by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the international credentialing body for Behaviour Analysts.

Further Education

Students can apply for the structured PhD in ABA

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Past students are employed nationally and internationally across a variety of educational and behaviour support services, working with a broad range of populations, including 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 students for a career in clinical and educational settings, and will also provide students with a foundation for further postgraduate study (e.g., clinical or educational psychology) and research at PhD level.  Students can subsequently apply for the structured PhD in ABA.

Students are provided with expert support in their clinical placements for the duration of the course. Most students will complete different placements in their first and second years in order to broaden their experience across the period of their studies. There are a number of course-affiliated placements to choose from and some students may source their own placement. If so, they can avail of expert advice from programme staff to ensure they get optimum benefit from the placement.

Excellent Track Record

Our graduates have an excellent track record in the internationally-recognised Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) exam. In the 2016 sitting, 100% of NUI Galway graduates who sat the exam passed, placing us third in the 100+ instructions that were ranked. Find out more about BCBA exam pass rates

Graduates from our  MSc and PhD in ABA programmes have achieved great success in the academic and applied fields. See our Graduate Stories for more information.

Course-Affiliated Placements

Students are provided with expert support in their clinical placements for the duration of the course. Most students will complete different placements in their first and second years in order to broaden their experience across the period of their studies. There are a number of course-affiliated placements to choose from and some students may source their own placement. If so, they can avail of expert advice from programme staff to ensure they get optimum benefit from the placement.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,450 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€5,226 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2016/17

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.

Scholarship Information

Find out More

Jennifer Holloway PhD, BCBA-D,

Director of MSc in ABA and Structured PhD in ABA

E: jennifer.holloway@nuigalway.ie

T: 0035391495773

Miriam Lohan

Administrator, School of Psychology

E: miriam.lohan@nuigalway.ie

T: 0035391493454