Taught course

Behaviour Analysis and Therapy

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a good Honours degree in psychology, education, youth work or a related subject e.g. social work. Equivalent international qualifications will be considered and the English Language requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. Exceptional students without a full Honours degree will be considered if they have substantial relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy is an exciting and unique Masters that equips students with skills in behaviour analysis and therapy relevant to a range of educational and clinical settings. Behaviour analysts focus on understanding how a person’s interactions with the environment influence behaviour.

Behaviour analysts focus on understanding how a person’s interactions with the environment influence behaviour. They use this information to design effective interventions that will help people learn more appropriate behaviours, as well as reducing challenging behaviour.

The course will prepare you to deal with children with challenges such as conduct disorder, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities within a range of educational and clinical settings, as well as develop skills for assessment and intervention with young people and adults in forensic settings. Behaviour Analysts work in the NHS and private healthcare settings alongside Clinical Psychologists. Additionally Behaviour Analysts may be employed by schools and Local Education Authorities to conduct assessment and intervention in the classroom or by Non-Governmental Organisations such as Ambitious about Autism.

This MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy course provides a solid understanding of the scientific principles that underpin behaviour analysis, and the therapeutic techniques derived from those principles. You will be taught by a team of Board Certified Behaviour Analysts who are internationally-recognised for their research and clinical work in the field.

Our MSc is approved by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB), which is the international regulatory body for the practice of behaviour analysis. Students who successfully complete the course will meet the degree and module requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Certification also requires supervised practice and a passing score on the international certification exam.
Visit the BACB website for more information on becoming certified and the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis for general information.

You will study the following modules:

  • Principles of behaviour analysis (20 credits)
  • Research methods in behaviour analysis (20 credits)
  • Behavioural assessment (20 credits)
  • Behavioural intervention (20 credits)
  • Applications of behaviour analysis (20 credits)
  • Current and historical issues in behaviour analysis (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

It is possible for students to complete our Postgraduate certificate programme which allows students to complete supervised practice in addition to this MSc. Students may either choose to start this qualification after completion of the MSc or may begin work towards their supervised practice alongside their MSc studies.

You will be taught through face-to-face delivery in the form of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Additionally you will develop your research skills through the completion of a supervised dissertation component. The teaching delivery will be blocked into 1.5 days per week for full-time students. This allows for full-time as well as part-time students to complete additional practical experience alongside this programme.

Information for international students

International students are welcome. Equivalent international qualifications will be considered for entry and the English Language requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Fees and funding

For full information, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admission Unit
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