Taught course

Applied Behaviour Analysis

Queen's University Belfast · School of Education

Entry requirements

Academic ◦Applicants should normally hold a first or 2:1 Honours degree in any subject from a suitably quality assured university worldwide. ◦Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree should submit a detailed CV and cover letter with their application which clearly outlines their skills and competencies. ◦Applicants who do not satisfy the above but who are holders of an equivalent approved professional qualification or work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants to the programme should have one year of relevant professional experience and access to a professionally relevant working environment. English Language Applicants whose first language is not English should have one of the following: ◦an IELTS score of 6.5* with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components; ◦a TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based test)* with minimum component scores of Listening – 20, Reading – 19, Speaking – 21 and Writing – 20; ◦Selected INTO qualifications. Contact into@qub.ac.uk for further information; Students who have completed a university degree through the medium of English customarily in a country such as the UK, Ireland, US, etc. will not need to take and pass the IELTS/TOEFL. * taken within the last 2 years.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a highly interactive blended learning programme providing professionals from a wide range of backgrounds with scientifically validated expertise that is applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum, learning, and pedagogy. The programme includes a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) approved course sequence (4th Edition Tasklist) (practice element not included).

This programme should be of interest to professionals wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, to those in the ‘helping’ professions (e.g. teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists) and students preparing for PhD studies.

The Centre for Behaviour Analysis is well connected both locally and internationally and unique project and employment opportunities arise on a regular basis.

Behaviour Analysis is the science of behaviour. This means that we are interested in everything a person does, including what we feel (emotional behaviour) and think (cognitive behaviour). When this science is applied to enhance or develop socially relevant behaviours we call it Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). There are many applications, for example, to enhance or teach communication and language skills, social skills, reading and other academic skills, life skills, business or classroom management, and many more. In other words, ABA is utilised to help many people in many situations.

Due to the effectiveness of the intervention methods and teaching techniques based on ABA, the demand for behaviour analytic services has increased worldwide, not only for individuals with autism and other special educational needs, but also for application in the mainstream inclusive classroom and many other educational, clinical, or general life contexts.

Information for international students

Approved BACB course. Blended/online delivery allows UK/EU/international students to participate without relocating. On-campus workshops on consecutive days for all modules in a semester reducing travel requirements. Attractive option - no need to relocate to Belfast. Belfast easily reached from mainland UK and Europe. Russell Group University. Flexible exit award available.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time:£27.22 per credit point (Home/EU) 2014/15 (60 credits/year)Full-time:£4,900 (Home/EU) 2014/15 (1 year)
International students
The University has a number of scholarships for international students. For more information visit the Postgraduate Scholarships page.


Part-time: £27.22 per credit point (Home/EU) 2014/15 (60 credits/year) Full-time: £4,900 (Home/EU) 2014/15 (1 year)
International (1 year); click here

Fees change on an annual basis. Further information can be found at Student Finance and Feees Office.

Queen's University Scholarships for International Students

The University has a number of scholarships for international students. For more information visit the Postgraduate Scholarships page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
3yrs months
full time
1 yr months

Course contact details

Course Secretary
+44(0)28 9097 5923/5032
+44(0)28 9097 5066