MSc/Doctorate in Behaviour Analysis at NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare

M.Sc./Doctorate in Psychological Science  

(Behaviour Analysis and Therapy)

What does the course offer?

  • The first doctoral level training in Behaviour Analysis in Ireland and the UK
  • Eligibility to sit the examination for the higher level Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) qualification.    
  • Access to state-of -the-art research and computing facilities.
  • Opportunity to study under academic staff with international repitations in behaviour analysis (e.g. in 2012, Professor Dermot Barnes-Holmes was the first ever non-American psychologist to be given the ABA International Don Hake Translational Research Award from the American Psychological Association). 

   Features of the Course:

  •  Students can complete two years of the course and graduate with a Masters, or complete a third year graduate with a Doctorate.
  • The BCBA approval applies to the first two years, thus students need not complete the doctoral year for BCBA eligibility.
  • The course is full-time (required to attend classes one day per week) and involves attending weekly classes for the first two academic years ( e.g. every Monday throughout each semester between 10am amd 6pm, with occasional attendance required during weekends).
  • Students will complete casework relating directly to their on-going role in a relevant facility.
  • There are no formal classes in third year, but students will attend regular meetings with their research supervisor, submit a doctoral thesis, and attend a viva voce. 

Year 1 Modules:

  • Ethical & Professional Conduct I
  • Concepts, Principles, Foundations: Behaviour Analysis
  • Functional Behavioural Assessment
  • Measurement, Experimental Design & Data Analysis I
  • Behaviour Change Procedures
  • Clinical behaviour Analysis: Principles & Practices
  • Systems, Organisations, Management & Supervision I
  • Research I (Project & Thesis)

Year 2 (BCBA) Modules:

  • Experimental Design & Data Analysis
  • Clinical Behaviour Analysis: Applications
  • Measurement, Design & data Analysis II
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct II
  • Systems, Organisations, Management
  • Research II (Project & Thesis)

Further Information:

  • Candidates will ideally hold a primary degree in Psychology and be employed in a setting that would facilitate the appropriate casework.
  • We may be able to assist students who fail to acquire employment in securing relevant voluntary experience in  an appropriate setting.
  • Closing Datefor Applications: 20th June 2014.
  • Duration: 3 years full time for Doctorate, 2 years full time for M.Sc. Degree.
  • Course Commences: September 2014 (Date to be confirmed; commencement is subject to sufficent numbers of successful applicants) 



For Further details plese contact the Course Manager, Dr Carol Murphy, BCBA-D, E-mail