Taught course

Applied Behaviour Analysis

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related human service field such as education/teaching, nursing, speech and language and social care. Applicants from Ireland or EU and non-EU countries who meet entry criteria and are employed by or volunteer in an educational or human service setting are welcome to apply. Please note that students must complete the Postgraduate Diploma course or equivalent behaviour analytic coursework prior to completing the one-year M.Sc. Psychology (ABA) or M.Sc. ABA.Please refer to www.psychology.tcd.ie/postgraduate/applied-behaviour-analysis for further details about this course. Applicants with good written and spoken English (due to the nature of this profession) from EU and non-EU countries are very welcome to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a one-year full-time course. The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis with particular regard to persons with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and persons presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. This intense course provides training in ABA for a yearly intake of up to 30 students.

The course provides a route for securing Assistant level certification status from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB®), an international body which sets standards for training in behaviour analysis. See www.bacb.com for more details. Classes are normally conducted one week day every two weeks and on one Saturday per month. Individual supervision sessions occur at times outside the teaching schedule and are arranged with an individual board supervised behaviour analyst supervisor. Taught modules run from the end of September to the end of June. Students who wish to apply to the course must secure a practical placement prior to applying. Please refer to the course website for further information in this respect.

Graduates of this course are skilled to conduct functional behavioural assessments, to implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and to analyse and display data to make informed decisions regarding intervention and learning methods.
Topics covered on the course include
  • Definitions, Characteristics and Basic Principles;
  • Ethics in ABA;
  • Selection, Defining and Measuring Behaviour;
  • Behavioural Assessment;
  • Behavioural Intervention, Measurement and Evaluation, and
  • Supervised Practice.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Olive Healy
+ 353 (1) 896 3907