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Applied Behaviour Analysis

Overview
Behaviour analysis has been recognised as the basis for medically necessary intervention and educational provision for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With the growing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (now estimated to be 1:88) behaviour analysis has experienced a significant rise in popularity. There are over 13,000 Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) worldwide and this number is predicted to rise given that professional approval is seen as the key to delivering high quality services to individuals, families, in schools and in related settings. Furthermore, behaviour analysis is increasingly being applied to general education, special education and organisational leadership settings.

The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a highly interactive blended learning programme providing professionals from a wide range of backgrounds with scientifically validated expertise that is applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum, learning, and pedagogy.

This programme should be of interest to professionals wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, to those in the ‘helping’ professions (e.g. teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists) and students preparing for PhD studies.

The Centre for Behaviour Analysis is well connected both locally and internationally and unique project and employment opportunities arise on a regular basis.

Why Queen's?
BACB Recognition
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the six core modules of this course sequence, which covers the curriculum as outlined in the 4th Task List (www.bacb.com).

Students who successfully complete an approved course sequence, have a Masters degree and have fulfilled practice requirements are eligible to take the BACB Certification exam and become BCBAs. The exam is a 4-hour/160 question Multiple Choice Test and preparation for taking multiple choice tests is an integral part of the MSc ABA assessment structure.

The BCBA qualification is internationally recognised and endorsed. BACB practice requirements will not be included in this programme; however, the Centre for Behaviour Analysis has close links with international service and placement providers, and can provide contacts for supervised placements that fulfil the BACB practice requirements.

Flexibility
The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is designed to meet the needs of the local and international professionals and is delivered via blended learning. A diploma option is also available.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline plus one year of experience in an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) or related context and access to an ABA related working environment. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of experience in an ABA related context and access to an ABA related working environment.

Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme is Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Duration

1 year full-time or 2*-3 years part-time. Individual modules may be studied as a short course.

*Subject to specific University regulations.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The majority of students are already in relevant jobs and the job market is healthy for BCBAs at present. Professionals who are certified BCBAs have the skills and knowledge to develop, implement and evaluate quality interventions that help to produce positive behavioural changes in a range of settings. Typically, behaviour analysts work in the 'helping' professions (eg teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists). Increasingly, jobs advertised for behaviour managers or specialists require BCBA status and there is a demand for BCBAs in Europe and worldwide, especially in North America. Teachers as well as allied health professionals should find this degree beneficial in their workplace.

Queen's postgraduate reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps out our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Gillian Beavis
School of Education
Tel: 9097 5923
Email: g.beavis@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/edu

Subjects taught

Course Details
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 or 3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester. The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS) and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation (60 CATS) as well as audit 'An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education' online module in Semester 2.

Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules.

Please note that unfortunately this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

Indicative Number of Modules per Semester

Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.

List of Indicative Programme Modules
Modules (all 20 CATS points)
•Assessment in Behaviour Analysis
•Behaviour Change and Education
•Concepts and Principles of Behaviour Analysis
•Ethical and Professional Conduct
•Evaluation in Behaviour Analysis
•Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change

Students are expected to audit 'An introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education' online module in Semester 2.

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester15or 17.5 hours online delivery, 5 or 2.5 hours face-to-face seminar per 20 CATS point module.

Comment

Learning and Teaching
The programme content is delivered online with multiple focused weekly virtual interactions that include peer and tutor feedback. This structure allows for acquisition of knowledge, information sharing, development of critical thinking skills, and giving and receiving immediate feedback. An intensive, on-campus, one-day or half-day consolidation workshop takes place once during each module to give students the opportunity to meet each other and course tutors face-to-face.

Students can study at the time of their convenience within pre-determined daily or weekly periods.

Contact Teaching Hours per Week
Typically 2-3 hours per week (online).

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods, eg multiple choice tests, essays, project reports, and contributions to an online discussion forum.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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