Postgraduate
MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

NUI Galway

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 behaviors 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 recognized. 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 Behavior 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 Center, 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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

2 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

20

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,550

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This Master of Science (MSc) programme provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to kick-start your career as a practitioner.
  • Most students will complete different placements in their first and second years in order to broaden their experience across the period of their studies.
  • 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.
  • Students are provided with expert support in their clinical placements for the duration of the course.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates who hold a Second Class Honors degree (or equivalent). Evidence of relevant experience and motivation will be taken into account in offering places on the course.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.

Career Prospects


Past students are employed nationally and internationally across a variety of educational and behavior 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.

Notes


Course-affiliated placements: We are very proud to offer a course-affiliated placement to all of our students and we provide expert support to students on placement 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 variety of course-affiliated placements to choose from. These include early intervention preschools for children with autism, working with Behavior Support Teams in large organizations for people with developmental disabilities, Acquired Brain Injury services, services for children with complex medical and behavioral needs, working on specific projects for feeding, sleeping or communication difficulties and educational projects for marginalized students. Some students prefer to source their own placement and they can avail of expert advice from programme staff to ensure they get optimum benefit from the placement.