MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

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Course Description

Our MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is aimed at those wishing to specialise in practical applications of behaviour analysis including positive behaviour support and behaviour analysis in education. The course is designed to develop advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic principles of behaviour analysis and the application of the principles within clinical and research settings.

Behaviour analysts work in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings alongside teachers, psychologists, nurses and other professionals to help individuals and organisations meet their goals and improve quality of life.

Behaviour analysis in the UK is overseen by the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis (UK-SBA.) The UK-SBA’s register of professionals is accredited under the Professional Standards Authority’s Accredited Register programme. Behaviour analysis is an evolving practice and at Bangor we emphasise a values-led and person-centred approach. We endorse and adhere to the UK-SBA practice values and Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct.

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Entry Requirements

 You should have a single or joint honours first degree in Psychology or a related field with at least a 2.2. Relevant work experience is welcomed and mature candidates with at least 3 years relevant experience who are not graduates may also gain entry to the diploma level of the course and will be considered on a case by case basis. Candidates may apply to have some coursework recognised from another institution, but preference will be given to candidates who wish to take all of their coursework at Bangor. We may ask candidates to interview for a place on the course.

International students will be given individual consideration, but you must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) and you will be expected to demonstrate that you have a suitable academic background for the programme.

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Student Destinations

This BCAB recognised MSc is a highly relevant qualification for those interested in pursuing a career with special educational or developmental needs in a wide range of settings.

Module Details

The course consists of two parts. Part One comprises taught modules designed around the BACB Task List. The first four modules introduce the basic theory and practice of the science and the second four offer more detailed analysis of both applied and research procedures.

On successful completion of Part One, you will proceed to Part Two - a clinical research study, planned and conducted in collaboration with your BCBA-qualified research supervisor.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following course toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is done through a combination of taught workshops, seminars, specialised computer-based instructional packages and practical ’hands-on’ research experience. We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and that uses the principles of behaviour analysis. This requires innovative course content and instructional procedures, measurement of learning, flexible communication among students and staff, and a friendly and supportive environment. Assessment methods include written examinations, oral presentations, case reports, essays, and a research thesis.

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