Applied Behaviour Analysis (M.Sc.)

2 years full-time
15 Places


This course provides professional training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 15 students. This is an intensive full-time course which aims to ensure that students become efficient in the practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis, with particular regard to developmental and intellectual disabilities and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or people presenting with emotional, behavioural or learning needs. The content of this course focuses on behavioural theory and application and providing support and care in a highly personalised, respectful and inclusive manner. 

This course has been verified by ABAI as meeting the 5th Edition, 315-hour coursework requirement for those wishing to sit the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examinations. Students will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the exam. 

Formal classes run from mid-September to late May and are normally held one day every week. Dissertation research is initiated and continued throughout the second year of the course and is submitted in early Summer. Additionally, students meet with a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)® to gain a requisite number of supervised fieldwork hours throughout both years of the course. Supervised fieldwork in behaviour analysis must be facilitated by an external BCBA®. Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. Supervised fieldwork in ABA is also reported at intermediate and end points during the year. Students must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course. Please note that the fieldwork site and BCBA® supervisor of fieldwork are independently sourced by students.

Course Content: Graduates of this course are skilled to engage in the ethical practice and research of ABA, to conduct functional behavioural assessments, implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and analyse and display data to make informed decisions around intervention and learning needs.

Modules include:
Philosophical Underpinnings
ABA Definitions, Characteristics and Basic Principles
Selecting, Defining and Measuring Behaviour
Behavioural Assessment
Behavioural Intervention, Measurement and Evaluation
Professional and Ethical Practice in ABA
Research Dissertation
Advanced Philosophical Underpinnings
Personnel Supervision & Management

Career Opportunities 

Graduates will be able to work in educational and clinical settings serving diverse populations, such as students with learning difficulties, persons with autism and other developmental disabilities and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or those clients presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school.

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Short description of what Applied Behaviour Analysis is and what we study in TCD to enable us to become expert Behaviour Analysts, course requirements and entry requirements

Course Details

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

Asst. Prof. Olive Healy (Year 1), Asst. Prof. Maeve Bracken (Year 2).

Closing Date

 30th April 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold at least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a related field from a recognised 3rd level institution

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details.

Course Fees

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"I studied the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Trinity and graduated in 2017. I found the experience extremely rewarding both with regards to the educational value and the professional support I received during my studies. My professors, project supervisor and Course Director were all incredibly knowledgeable, pragmatic and supportive when providing advice and guidance. As a student I felt exceptionally welcome and well-catered for. There’s something for everybody on campus and it’s an exciting and bustling college to attend at the very heart of Dublin City. Logistics-wise, it’s easy to access as all modes transport are available for getting there.

It’s a fantastic course and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in studying a practical and effective area of psychology of wide-ranging applications. It’s also currently a field in which trained professionals are in high demand so it’s also attractive from the standpoint that there is a viable and sustainable career open to graduates of ABA. I am now working full-time and I attribute this to a large degree to the MSc in ABA as the practical training and experience combined with the exceptional academic skill development throughout the course provided me with the ability to present myself in interviews as well as thrive in the workplace of my chosen field."


Graduate, MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis