Taught course

Applied Behaviour Analysis

Bangor University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

At least a 2(ii) undergraduate degree or equivalent is required. 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 bnelow 5.5) is required.

There are three levels of qualification: Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis;Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis;MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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 is done through a combination of taught workshops, seminars, specialised computer-based instructional packages and practical 'hands-on' research experience. We 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.
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 CPD purposes.

Bangor Psychology's reputation for academic excellence has attracted students and staff from all over the world (20+ nationalities). Our International reputation is illustrated by our place in the top 100 Departments in the QS World University Rankings 2013. Scholarships are awarded by both the University and the School.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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We anticipate that most trainees will either be self-funded or be funded by their employer.

Qualification and course duration


full time
4 months
part time
9 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Dr M Hoerger
+44 (0)1248 383 899
+44 (0)1248 382 599