Taught course

Applied Behaviour Analysis

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

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to hold at least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a health-related field from a recognised university course, and a Diploma in ABA (or coursework equivalent). Applicants will be required to submit an academic transcript of their qualifications to date. The selection process may also require attendance at interview and the submission of a written piece of work.

Months of entry


Course content

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 and other developmental disabilities, and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or those students presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. The content of this course focuses upon clinical application.

This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 8 students. Classes are normally arranged to take place on one weekday with additional classes taking place on occasional weekends as required. Placement practice in behaviour analysis must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor.

Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed in the middle and at the end of the course. Students must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.

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:

  • Advanced research & data analysis methods in ABA
  • Conceptual Issues in ABA.
  • Research Dissertation Proposal.
  • Special Topics in ABA**.
  • Supervised Research & Practice.
  • Research Dissertation.

**Special Topics may include such issues as Precision Teaching, ABA in Multidisciplinary teams, Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis. These topics may vary according to staff availability.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Maeve Bracken
+353-1-896 3907