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M.Sc. in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour (PAC Codes: DC508/DC957) no Intake for 2016


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Duration: 2 years part-time
Contact: Dr Yseult Freeney
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Indicative Timetable(Weeks 1-12)

Aims and Objectives:

The programme aims to produce professionally qualified Organisational Psychologists and Organisational Behaviour specialists who shall:

  • develop the ability to objectively analyse specific and related aspects of the structure of an organisation and the tasks it performs;
    have a complete understanding of both the measurement and influence of individual differences such as personality, motivation, leadership style and attitudes on organisational performance and efficiency;
  • be cognisant of the available methods of employee testing, appraisal and development, appropriate to organisational rationale;
  • be capable of analysing organisational staffing needs and prescribing job analysis, recruitment and selection techniques for that organisation;
    develop distinctive psychological skills for the diagnosis of specific aspects of organisational behaviour and functioning such as training, decision-making, restructuring, problem-solving and job design;
  • develop the ability to aid organisations embrace teamworking, multi-cultural workplace integration and innovative management techniques.

Programme Structure:

Classes take place on one day per week, usually Wednesday, from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. This part-time delivery mode is designed to suit the time commitments of working professionals.

Assessment of the programme is by semester papers, group work, performance assessment and by research project with formal examinations being the exception rather than the rule.

There is an intake onto this programme every two years (i.e. 2015, 2017, etc.).

Programme Learning Goals

  1. Graduates will have the specialist knowledge needed to undertake a leadership role/path in their field
  2. Graduate will be proficient in accessing, critically evaluating and applying current research and theory in an academic and professional context
  3. Graduates will be solutions orientated, expert in the application of the tools, techniques and research required to address discipline specific problems and ethical dilemmas
  4. Graduates will demonstrate mastery of written and oral communication
  5. Graduates ill have an understanding of the professional's role in society and their obligations to their chosen profession
  6. Graduates will globally aware and locally engaged

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise with an industry engagement strategy which benefits our students in many ways including:

  • Learn from leading experts in the field of Work & Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour, who reflect leading thinking and latest practices through their teaching, drawing on their continuing research and insights gained from their work with leading organisations in Ireland and overseas
  • Exposure to leading international experts and thought leaders during the programme, along with additional workshops and seminars relevant to Work & Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour
  • Heavy emphasis on applied and skills based learning providing graduates with the foundation for a career in the field of organisational behaviour
  • Recognised and fully accredited by the leading professional body in the field of HRM, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and the Psychological Society of Ireland

Career Prospects:

Graduates of this programme are equipped for employment in a wide range of Irish and international organisations, in both the public and private sectors. Graduates typically take positions managing change, diagnosing organisational problems, and planning and managing interventions. The variety of positions undertaken reflects the diverse strengths of the programme.

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Current Fees

Fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are €6,400 (Year 1)

Entry Requirements:

Candidates for the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology should have an honours degree in Psychology (at Upper Second Class Honours level, or above).

Candidates for the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour should have an honours degree in a business, social sciences, or organisation-related discipline (at Upper Second Class Honours level, or above).

Graduates are likely to be involved in the following work fields:

  • Change management in larger organisations
  • Management of training and development
  • Policy studies in research centres
  • Organisational advice and management consulting
  • Personnel selection and development
  • Academic research and training

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Dates for Submission of Applications There is an intake onto this programme every two years (i.e. 2015, 2017, etc.).

EU Applicants

Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

Non EU Applicants

Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Fee information

Indicative Timetable
(Weeks 1-12)