Postgraduate MSc

Positive Behaviour Support (ABAI)

Our Positive Behaviour Support MSc seeks to develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles underpinning positive behaviour support. You'll gain detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field.

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Course options

At the Tizard Centre, we offer a suite of courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support. There are two routes through the courses depending on the pathway to professional certification you intend to pursue – via ABAI (to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®, or via the UK-SBA (to pursue certification as a UKBA(cert). All variations of our courses can be taken on campus or via distance learning. It is strongly recommended that you review all available course options to ensure you select the version that suits you best.

If you have any queries, please contact the admissions team.


Aimed at recent graduates and experienced practitioners, this postgraduate qualification opens up a range of career opportunities. It also provides the necessary coursework for you to pursue professional certification in the field.

Reasons to study Positive Behaviour Support at Kent

  • Study alongside some of the UK’s leading academics working in autism, learning disability, and community care.
  • You will meet the coursework requirements to pursue professional certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®. (If you are based in the UK, you may be interested in our alternative UKBA(cert) route – please see all course options here.)
  • We offer a range of funding opportunities to fund your studies.
  • As a student or graduate, you can join the Tizard Practitioners’ Network of experts in the field.
  • Receive academic and professional support from leading behaviour analysts and intellectual and developmental disability researchers.
  • Benefit from our excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.

What you’ll learn

You'll benefit from academic and professional support from some of the UK's leading positive behaviour support and intellectual and developmental disability researchers. Through our research, teaching and consultancy, you'll find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their support systems, within a PBS framework.

BACB Announcement

Please note the BACB will not be administering certification exams in the UK from 2025. Please visit this page for more information about this from the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis. Our alternative UK-SBA route of the course is designed to meet the UK-SBA’s coursework requirements for eligibility to pursue certification as a UKBA(cert) – please see all course options here.

ABAI Verified Course Sequence for Fifth Edition Task List

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional eligibility requirements and demonstrate they reside in an authorized country and province [Canada] before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

The latest VCS pass rates are available here. Pass rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation., meaning that the latest pass rates for the course currently relate to our earlier 4th edition VCS (4010).

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9,800
  • EU full-time £18,600
  • International full-time £18,600

For more information, please contact the admissions team.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

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You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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