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Applied Behaviour Analysis (UK-SBA)

Our Applied Behaviour Analysis Master’s aims to develop your critical understanding of concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis. You’ll gain a 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.


As a recent graduate or experienced practitioner, this postgraduate qualification opens up a range of career opportunities. It also provides the necessary coursework for you to pursue professional certification in this field.

Reasons to study Applied Behaviour Analysis 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 UKBA(cert). (If you are based outside the UK, you may be interested in our alternative ABAI route – please see all course options.)
  • 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

Our course is designed to support the development of practitioners who can work effectively, including using an applied behaviour analytic approach, both with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autistic people) and with organisations that provide or arrange support for individuals.

Professional Certification

This version of the course is has been designed to meet the UK-SBA’s coursework requirements for eligibility to pursue certification as a UKBA(cert). More information can be found on the UK-SBA website.

This version of the course is not an ABAI verified coursework sequence. Please note that the BACB will not be administering exams in the UK after 2025. Applicants who wish to pursue BCBA® certification should refer to our ABAI version of the course – please see all course options here.

Your future

Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities. Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Our Applied Behaviour Analysis programme includes a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  Its completion, therefore, meets two of the requirements for certification as a Behaviour Analyst.  Successful students will need to obtain appropriate supervised experience and pass the BACB exam. Many of our ABA students hope to take this career path, applying their skills either in work with children or adults with autism (ie early intervention programmes or in schools using an ABA approach) or with children/adults with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging.  Every week we are asked to notify our students of opportunities in these fields.  Our ABA programme is also suitable for parents of children/adults with autism or learning disability, who are looking to increase their own understanding of ABA.

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

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


  • Home full-time £3,300
  • Home part-time TBC
  • EU full-time £6,200
  • EU part-time TBC
  • International full-time £6,200
  • International part-time TBC


  • Home full-time TBC
  • Home part-time £3,300
  • EU full-time TBC
  • EU part-time £6,200
  • International full-time TBC
  • International part-time £6,200


  • Home full-time TBC
  • Home part-time £4,900
  • Home full-time TBC
  • EU part-time £9,300
  • Home full-time TBC
  • International part-time £9,300

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.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

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