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M.Sc. in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour (PAC Codes: DC508/DC957)


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Duration: 2 years part-time
Contact: Dr Yseult Freeney
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Indicative Timetable(Weeks 20-31)

Degree Information:

The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology at DCU Business School is the longest running programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland. The recent accreditation of this programme by PSI establishes it as the essential first step towards a professional career as a Registered Organisational Psychologist.

The new parallel MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour programme is designed for graduates who in disciplines other than Psychology for entry to the Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology. Students on this stream are taught alongside and receive almost all of the same modules as the Organisational Psychology students.

Among the main areas covered in the programme are:

  • The psychology of work and organisational life;
  • Organisational selection and motivation;
  • Satisfaction at work;
  • Leadership;
  • Managing organisational change and development;
  • Organisational diagnosis and consulting;
  • Applied organisational research methods.

A key feature of this Masters programme is educational philosophy, which is built firmly on the 'Adult Learning Module'. This emphasises collaborative and participative team learning, and draws heavily on the experiences and insights of participants ratherr than on the lecturer as expert.

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This postgraduate programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which is the leading professional body in HRM. Graduates who successfully complete the programme qualify for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

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.).

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2014 - 2015)

Why DCU:

Expert Faculty
The programme is delivered by leading experts in the field of Organisational Behaviour and Occupational Psychology. They reflect leading thinking and latest practices through their teaching, drawing on continuing research and insights gained from their work with leading organisations in Ireland and overseas. Among the faculty of the programme are:

  • Dr. Melrona Kirrane, B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Academic Director of M.Sc. in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Dr. Janine Bosak, Diploma, Ph.D., Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Dr. Finian Buckley, BA, H.Dip. Ed., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
  • Dr. Edel Conway, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in HRM
  • Gerry Conyngham, B.Sc., M.Sc., Lecturer in Quantitative Methods
  • Prof. Patrick Flood, B.Comm., M.B.S., Ph.D., Professor of Organisational Behaviour
  • Dr Yseult Freeney, BA, PhD, Reg. Psychol. PsSI
    Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

A series of guest lecturers from the field of work psychology participate in the programme, imparting their knowledge and experience to students and making a valuable contribution to the learning process. Recent participants have included:

  • Prof. Wilmar Schaufeli, University of Utrecht
  • Prof. Arnold Bakker, University of Utrecht
  • Prof. Eva Demerouti, University of Eindhoven
  • Prof. Janet Barnes-Farrell, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Prof. Charles Lance, University of Georgia, USA
  • Prof. Jose-Maria Peiro, University Valencia, Spain
  • Prof. Rob Roe, University Maastricht, Netherlands

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.

What Our Graduates and Students Say

"The quality of teaching on the Masters was excellent. Each lecturer brought their extensive level of knowledge and experience to the areas, and engaged all the class with their expertise and passion for their chosen subjects. Every week we left the class on a high and every week I felt I had learnt something new that I could instantly bring back to my job, and did. I moved roles during the course and am now working as a training director for a global company, a move I wouldn't have had the confidence to take prior to the course."
Orla Nolan, Training Director, State Street Alternative Investment Solutions IFS, A State Street Company

"I was attracted to this Masters programme for its unique amalgamation of psychology and business know-how. The sense of professional identity among the group is very strong and the collaborative nature of the programme has made it a great learning experience. Indeed the
professionalism of the academic staff on the programme made it feel more like working in an organisation than an academic institution."

Diane Dignam, Independent Consultant, DHR Consulting

"This programme presented a great opportunity to formalise my experience in organisational change and development. I was attracted by the strength of its academic foundations coupled with its relevance to industry practice. The quality of the lectures was superb and the wide mix of experience and backgrounds of the students enabled a significant amount of class
discussion which greatly added to the course. DCU offers a fantastic learning environment for part-time students at all stages of their career. Overall it was a very rewarding experience which I would strongly
recommend to anyone interested in any aspect of people at work."

Colette Real, Organisational Change Manager, Bank of Ireland

"By completing this course it has allowed me to revisit the principles learned during my psychology degree and apply them into the business world. The flexible nature of the course allowed me to continue working and the adult learning model provides an opportunity to develop the skills required for working within a team."
Fiona Craul, Project Manager, Kube Solutions

"The MSc programme, in my opinion, allowed me to build a framework that I could use on a daily basis in my managerial role, that was grounded in valid and reliable theory from eminent psychologists around the world, with regards to optimum functioning in the workplace and employee well being. As a Public Servant for the past 30 years, I so enjoyed working with my colleagues from all types of work backgrounds, hearing their perspectives, learning about their work cultures, and still remaining very content within myself with my own career."
Anne Connolly, Local Office Manger, Dept. of Social and Family Affairs

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

EU Applicants

Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2015

Non EU Applicants

Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 10th July 2015. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

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Fee information

Indicative Timetable
(Weeks 20-31)