Taught course

Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis)

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

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold at least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology from a recognised university course, which confers eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland, and a Diploma in ABA (or course work 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. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

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 on behavioural theory. This intensive course provides
professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a
yearly intake of up to 8 students. Approval has been secured
from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, an international
body which sets standards for training and provides a route for
securing ABA Certification status. 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 at mid and end of course. Students
must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.
Course Content: 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:
1. Advanced research - data analysis methods in ABA I
2. Conceptual Issues in ABA Research Dissertation Proposal
3. Special Topics in ABA*
4. Supervised Research - Practice
5. Research Dissertation
* Special Topics may include: 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