University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Behaviour Analysis and Therapy

The course covers 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. They use this information to design effective interventions that will help people learn more appropriate behaviours, as well as reducing challenging behaviour. The 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. Students who successfully complete the course will meet the degree and module requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Entry requirements

Applicants typically will have a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology, Education, Youth Work, or a related subject (e.g., Social Work). Lower degree classifications (and other subject areas) may be considered for applicants with substantial experience in behaviour analysis. 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 may be considered if they have substantial relevant professional experience.
Enhanced DBS check required.

Course 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)
•Ethical and Professional Issues in Behaviour Analysis (20 credits)
•Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessments include examinations, practical assignments, and essays. You will also complete a dissertation, which allows you to analyse behaviour systematically and evaluate the success of treatment under the close supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

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