Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
  • Duration: One full calendar year as a full time student. Also available part-time, over 2 years.

The School of Psychology at Bangor University offers modern degree programmes, which are fully BPS accredited. The School has achieved excellent ratings in terms of both research and teaching performance and has invested extensively in a modern teaching, learning and research environment, including brain imaging (MRI) technology. Students have access to state-of-the-art research and computing facilities and the opportunity to study under world-renowned academic staff. The School also boasts a number of prestigious research centres including the Wolfson Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Centre for Experimental Consumer Psychology, as well as being in the vanguard of academic research in these fields, offer students unique opportunities for project work covering important theoretical and practical elements.

This programme is aimed at those wishing to specialise in applied behaviour analysis. The course is designed to develop advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic principles of behaviour analysis and the application of the principles within clinical and research settings.

The programme has been developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in collaboration with the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). It covers their entire Task List specifications and is recognised by the BACB as providing the content eligibility criteria necessary to sit the full BCBA exam. Those who, once on the 12 month MSc, successfully apply to transfer onto the 18 month MSc with practicum will also fulfil the applied work experience requirement and will be eligible to sit the BACB exams.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full MSc. The full course leads to a Master’s degree, but it is designed to be flexible to meet the differing needs of our students. For example, you may choose to take a smaller number of modules for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, or for Continuous Professional Development purposes. The course requires attendance at university on two full days per week as a full time student and one day as a part time student. Studying via distance learning is by prior arrangement only and is not available to all prospective students. Applicants who wish to enquire about distance learning options must contact the course director prior to making an application to the course.

FAQs

Is the course offered as distance-learning? The course is primarily neither distance learning or online learning. We have some distance sites, however these are professional settings who send their staff on the course. Under special circumstances, distance sites can accommodate some additional students, however this is by special arrangement with the Course Director.

When are the classes? Students are required to come to class Tuesdays 10 to 5pm (part-time first years), Mondays 10 to 5pm (second year part-timers) or both if full time, plus exams and welcome day. Please note that these times and days are subject to change.

Is a 'Practicum' option offered with this course? Students starting the 12 month MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis can apply to do the course over 18 months and graduate with MSc ABA with Practicum. This involves completing 1500 hours of supervised work (10-20 hrs per week unpaid) in a practicum setting arranged by the course instead of a thesis. The setting is arranged by the university and supervision is provided by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and students cannot complete the practicum in a setting of their choosing. Written applications from students enrolled on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis are invited in September of each year, and the application process includes interviews and written statements. Places are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.

Student Profiles

To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course consists of two parts. Part One comprises taught modules designed around the BACB Task List. The first four modules introduce the basic theory and practice of the science and the second four offer more detailed analysis of both applied and research procedures.

On successful completion of Part One, you will proceed to Part Two - a clinical research study, planned and conducted in collaboration with your BCBA-qualified research supervisor.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is done through a combination of taught workshops, seminars, specialised computer-based instructional packages and practical ’hands-on’ research experience. We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and that uses the principles of behaviour analysis. This requires innovative course content and instructional procedures, measurement of learning, flexible communication among students and staff, and a friendly and supportive environment. Assessment methods include written examinations, oral presentations, case reports, essays, and a research thesis.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Applied Behaviour Analysis Modules page.

Entry Requirements

Entry to Applied Behaviour Analysis (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) requires at least a 2(ii) undergraduate degree or equivalent. Mature candidates (25+ at the start of the course) with relevant experience who are not graduates may also gain entry to the certificate level of the course. On successful completion of the certificate course, such candidates would be eligible to progress to the diploma and master’s levels.

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made directly through the Postgraduate Office of Bangor University to the School of Psychology. To learn more about the application process please click here.

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Bethan Pentith, Postgraduate Admissions Officer on +44 (0)1248 388453 or by emailing psychology@bangor.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

This BCAB recognised MSc is a highly relevant qualification for those interested in pursuing a career with special educational or developmental needs in a wide range of settings.

Research/Industrial Links

The course director, Dr Hughes, is an elected Advisor for the Cambridge Centre for Behavioral Studies, an international organisation devoted to the dissemination and promotion of the uses of behavioural psychology. Dr Hughes is organiser of the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group, UK and Europe (EABG); the longest standing organisation devoted to behaviour analysis in Europe and is a founder member of the European Association of Behaviour Analysis and of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis. He is also on the advisory board of the UK Autism Education Competency framework.  He has developed a number of strong relationships with outside organisations, charities and authorities, such as Ambitious about Autism, The Sharland Foundation, local education authorities in North Wales, and Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation NHS Trust.

 

Funding

There are school funded achievement scholarships for first class students, international scholarships and information on other funding sources on our scholarships School page.

Further information

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