M.Sc. Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 30th April annually
Tuition fee:
  • € 8,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014, October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis for a yearly intake of up to 8 students. It has approved course sequence status from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, an international body which sets standards for training and provides a route for securing applied Behaviour Analysis Certification status.

Classes are normally arranged to take place one day during the week with occasional additional classes taking place as required to accommodate visiting lecturers etc. Placement practice in behaviour analysis which is ongoing throughout the year, must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor.

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. They understand the methods of research in behaviour analysis and demonstrate competency in conducting and writing up an applied research project to a publishable standard.

Graduates may expect to be employed by the Health Service Executive, autism services, voluntary agencies, private schools, parents, the Department of Education and Science, and Universities. They may also provide supervision to other behaviour analysts, within the guidelines of the relevant Codes of Ethics/Professional Practice.

Contents

Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. There are casework projects to be submitted throughout the course, literature reviews, essays on special topics and a research dissertation of 10,000 (minimum) words. Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed at mid and end of course. Students maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.

Classes are conducted approximately every other Saturday and occasional Friday evenings to accommodate the part-time employment/practical placement in a related field requirement. Placement practice in behaviour analysis must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor.

All aspects of the course must be passed for the Court of Examiners to recommend a student for the MSc in Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis).

Modules

MSc in Psychology (ABA)

* Module 1: Advanced research & data analysis procedures in behaviour analysis I
* Module 2: Advanced research & data analysis procedures in behaviour analysis II
* Module 3: Research Dissertation Proposal
* Module 4: Supervised Research and Practice
* Module 5: Total of 4Special Topics in ABA;
* (i) 3 from Theoretical Applications in ABA (3 x 5 credits)
* (ii) Instructional Procedures made up of attendance at 3 of the compulsory lecture components with a requirement to submit one piece of coursework only (1 x 5 credits)

* Module 6: Research Dissertation

Special Topics

Theoretical Applications

* PS7077 - Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis
* PS7088 - Applications of Recent Theoretical Advances in Behaviour Analysis (5 ECTS)
* PS7901 - Conceptual Issues in Behaviour Analysis

Instructional Procedures

* PS7078 - ABA in Multidisciplinary Teams (5 ECTS)
* PS7079 - Advanced Instructional Procedures: Precision Teaching (5 ECTS)
* PS7085 - ABA with persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (5 ECTS)
* PS7086 - Advanced Instructional Procedures: Pivotal Response Training (5 ECTS)

Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a degree in Psychology from a recognised University, which confers eligibility for graduate registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland or equivalent. Applicants are also required to have completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in ABA or have completed a course which allows them to sit for the BCABA exam.

English language requirements: * IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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