The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour at DCU Business School is the longest running programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland. The accreditation of this programme by Psychological Society of Ireland 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;
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.
Graduates who successfully complete the programme are eligible for Associate 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.
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
Graduates will have the specialist knowledge needed to undertake a leadership role/path in their field
Graduate will be proficient in accessing, critically evaluating and applying current research and theory in an academic and professional context
Graduates will be solutions orientated, expert in the application of the tools, techniques and research required to address discipline specific problems and ethical dilemmas
Graduates will demonstrate mastery of written and oral communication
Graduates ill have an understanding of the professional's role in society and their obligations to their chosen profession
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
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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Fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are €6,400 (Year 1)
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 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
Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http:www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2015
Non EU Applicants
Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http:www.pac.ie/dcu) 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.