Applied Behaviour Analysis
Students on this MSc will learn about the principles of behaviour analysis and how these are applied in the real world to support learning and improve quality of life for a range of people including children and adults with developmental disabilities, students who may be struggling in mainstream education, older adults, 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.
The course meets international standards with regard to coursework requirements, content hours, and faculty standards necessary to become a Behaviour Analyst. The MSc is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approved by the Association of Behaviour Analysis International, a standard recognised in the field of behaviour analysis around the world: https://www.abainternational.org/vcs.aspx
The course is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland as a postgraduate professional programme in behavioural psychology fulfilling the postgraduate course requirements to become a Chartered Behavioural Psychologist: https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/accredited-courses/PSI-Accredited-Postgraduate-Courses
Our graduates work as Behaviour Analysts in practice once they have met the necessary training requirements. Graduates can register as a Behaviour Analyst with the Irish Society for Behaviour Analysis: https://isba.ie/membership-account-2/membership-levels/
The course also meets the requirements to allow graduates to apply to the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board in the United States to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. This only applies to applicants residing and working in North America.
Programme aims and objectives:
To provide professional post-graduate training in behavioural psychology which will prepare students to provide effective services in a professional and ethical manner.
To teach specialist knowledge in behavioural psychology, from history and basic concepts to specific behavioural assessment and intervention strategies.
To train students as scientist-practitioners, competent in applied research methods and whose practice is guided by scientific knowledge and the scientific underpinnings of their practice.
To equip students with competencies to practice effectively, competent in behavioural assessment and intervention strategies, data-based decision-making, and behaviour change systems.
To equip students with the skills required to work successfully within both autonomous and collaborative roles, and with professionals from other disciplines.
To train students to appraise the quality of scientific evidence and apply this understanding and critical thinking within both research and practice.
To teach students to conduct high quality empirical behavioural psychology research.
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a Second Class Honours degree (typically an upper second class honour [2.1] or equivalent). Evidence of relevant experience and motivation will be taken into account in offering places on the course.
2 years full-time.
Next start date September 2024
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The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis prepares graduates for the role of a Behavioural Psychologist/Behaviour Analyst, with extensive opportunities for employment, research, and further training. Through the emphasis on the scientist-practitioner model, students receive thorough and integrated training in the academic, practical, and research aspects of behavioural science. The skills and competencies in behavioural psychology acquired through the programme prepare graduates for a range of autonomous and collaborative professional goals both nationally and internationally.
Given the evidence base and support for behavioural psychology in the fields of intellectual and developmental disability, education, and rehabilitation, graduates of the course predominantly obtain employment in disability services, education, and early intervention services. Within Ireland, graduates are employed by the HSE, HSE funded charities, the Department of Education and Skills, or work in private consultancy. Graduates of this course have been highly successful in the roles that they have achieved internationally (e.g., Canada, Australia, and the UK) with such roles as Clinical Director of Education, Senior Centre Clinicians, and Programme Supervisors being obtained by graduates of the MSc ABA at UoG in early intervention and behaviour support services.
Increasingly, the utility and value of behavioural psychology in broader contexts is recognised and graduates can seek opportunities for roles, for example, within mental health services, gerontology, sports psychology and organisational behaviour management. Both nationally and internationally, demand for competent Behavioural Psychologists / Behaviour Analysts exceeds current supply and employment opportunities for graduates continue to grow.
The advanced research skills and experience acquired on the programme also provide opportunities for graduates to work in research posts or to continue with further postgraduate study such as the Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behaviour Analysis (PhD) https://www.universityofgalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/psychology/postgraduate-programmes/phd/phd-apb/.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a structured four-year (full time) PhD programme of study and provides graduates with high level research skills and competencies in applications of behavioural psychology, as well as a range of transferable skills. Students are assisted to design research that will make valuable contributions behavioural psychology. They conduct research that further advances an integrated, scientific understanding of the complexities of human behaviour.