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PGDipPracPsych - Behaviour Analysis as a subject

Applications open on 14 September and close on 1 November each year.

The Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance (HPCA) Act.

Behaviour Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding why people and animals do what they do. Studying behaviour analysis will teach you how both animal and human behaviour is affected by events in the social and physical environment and what you can do to produce behaviour change to help improve lives. Knowledge of this science of behaviour and its behaviour-change technology will assist you in a variety of careers.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

Masters degree in Psychology, specialising in either Applied Behaviour Analysis or Community Psychology.

Years: 1.0
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (International): $32,615 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Case Management
  • Child Protection
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Disabilities Support
  • Education and Development
  • Health Promoter
  • Injury Prevention
  • Policy Analyst
  • Private Practitioner
  • Research Scientist

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Graduate study options

Options for further study after completing the Master of Applied Psychology in Behaviour Analysis include:

Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis)

Subject links

Psychology Programme

  • PSYCH538 Applications of Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC551 Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA
  • PSYC552 Professional Issues in Psychology ABA
  • PSYCH553 The Practice of Psychology ABA
  • PSYCH560 Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues
  • PSYCH561 Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles
  • PSYCH564 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYCH575 Kaupapa Māori Psychology
  • PSYCH577 Research Methods in Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYCH581 Psychological Assessment
  • PSYCH587 Behaviour Analysis Practicum
  • PSYCH588 Directed Study
  • PSYCH589 Directed Study
  • PSYCH590 Directed Study (30 points)
  • PSYCH592 Dissertation (60 points)
  • PSYCH593 Psychology Thesis (90 points)
  • PSCYH594 Psychology Thesis (120 points)
  • PSYCH800 Psychology MPhil Thesis (120 points)
  • PSYCH900 Psychology PhD Thesis (120 points)

Some students study Behaviour Analysis in order to apply their knowledge and skills to human problems, and to do work based on behavioural principles in an applied setting or to undertake research in these areas. Others study it to work with animal behaviour; they may be interested in research or in animal problem behaviours or animal training. Some combine both research and practice and/or the study of animal and human behaviour.

For whatever reason you are considering taking courses in this area, the behavioural courses and programmes will provide you with knowledge which you can use to understand, study and work practically with behaviour. An understanding of how and why behaviour occurs and how it can be changed for the better is of fundamental value to almost all professions.

Depending on your specialty, you may work in a range of settings (including research institutions, private practice, schools, special education settings, universities, health services, business and industry, and governmental agencies), and with a range of populations (including families, people with psychological problems, children with challenging behaviours, individuals with special needs, teachers, people and their pets, and others seeking positive behaviour change).

Students who have specialised in the application of Behaviour Analysis to human issues and clinical problems are working in the community, in health, in mental health, and in early intervention or in educational settings with individuals with a wide range of problems and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

However, it doesn’t matter what type of psychology you choose to practice, or whether you end up in a field orientated to people or animals. What is important is that you gain an understanding of how and why organisms behave (i.e. what maintains and/or influences behaviour).


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