Breadcrumbs

Map NZ Map World

Behaviour Analysis

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.

To apply for consideration to the PGDipPracPsych(ABA), please use the online PGDipPracPsych(ABA) Application Form. Applications open early September and must be received by October 14.

To apply for consideration to the MAppPsy, please apply using the application form for Year 1 or Year 2. Applications open mid-October and close on November 1 each year.

We are aware that there may be some difficulties finding internships due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. We would like to encourage potential students to apply to the professional programme, even if they have not yet secured an internship. We will review applications and issue provisional offers contingent on internships beginning by March 2021.

As a field, behaviour analysis consists of concepts, principles and techniques.

As a student of Behaviour Analysis, you will learn how behaviour can be understood and changed. This includes an introduction to behaviourism, which is the philosophical underpinning of the science of behaviour and the experimental analysis of behaviour (EAB), which is the domain of basic research.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is concerned with the application of these foundations, in the development of a technology to improve socially important behaviours. You will learn many skills, including how to define and measure behaviour, create behaviour change programs and evaluate their effectiveness in courses that combine theoretical and practical learning to produce marketable skills.

Apply to enrol

Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

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

Study in Tauranga

In Tauranga, Psychology is available as a major subject for the BSc, BA or BSocSc.

Please note: Behaviour Analysis is not a major, but is a specialisation within Psychology. Students may take Behaviour Analysis papers and count these towards their Psychology major.


Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship


If you want to go on to graduate study - and we hope you do - please talk to academic staff or Postgraduate Advisor about your plans, particularly before you finalise your 300 level programme of study.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements, check the information provided in the papers section below.


Subject links

Psychology Programme


Undergraduate
Postgraduate
  • 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).


Documents

Behaviour Analysis Handbook - available soon


Application form for Year 1 of the MAppPsy
Application form for Year 2 of the MAppPsy


Contacts

School of Psychology
Phone: +64 7 838 4080 or 0800 800 145
Email: [email protected]

Psychology Graduate Student Adviser
Email: [email protected]