Research course

Psychological Science

Maynooth University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally fulfill all of the following criteria: First degree in psychology (upper second or first class honours); Currently working in a setting that would facilitate the appropriate casework; Satisfy a selection committee. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

Note: The next planned student intake is 2017, after the current doctoral cohort completes (subject to sufficient numbers of suitable applicants)

The Department of Psychology at Maynooth University’s Doctorate in Psychological Science (Behaviour Analysis and Therapy) is the first course that offers doctoral level training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Ireland and the UK. The course has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as conferring eligibility to sit the examination for the higher level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) qualification.

Alternatively students can complete a two-year Taught Master in Psychological Science (Behaviour Analysis and Therapy), PAC code MHW52. Graduates of the Masters course can opt to complete a third year of supervised research to graduate with a Doctorate. The BCBA approval applies to the first two years of the course, thus students need not complete the third year for BCBA eligibility.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art research and computing facilities, and will have the opportunity to study under academic staff with international reputations in behaviour analysis.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Department of Psychology