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Work & Organisational Psychology/Work & Organisational Behaviour MSc

Course Details

Duration: 1 Year Full-Time Or 2 Years Part-Time

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Deirdre O'Shea
Dept. of Work and Employment Studies
Ms Brid Henley
+353 61 202665
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Brief Description

Equips candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research, while developing core competencies and professional skills in organisational theory, organisational change, employment relations, selection & assessment, training, employee wellbeing and research design and methods and includes BPS Psychometric Testing Certification.
The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology is fully accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Both the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology and the  MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

NOTE: Applications received prior to 1 March 2020 will be reviewed in March 2020.  The course(s) may be closed prior to the above closing date if sufficient applications are received. Potential candidates are encouraged to apply early as places and limited and in high demand.

 Among the core aims of the programme are

  • To expose candidates to the fundamental principles underpinning individual and group behaviour within a variety of organisational settings;
  • To explore cognitive, political and social issues impacting the management and handling of organisational strategy and change;
  • To examine the nature of the employment relationship, the employment exchange and the psychological contract;
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the rationale and methods of all aspects of recruitment and selection, including job analysis, interviews and assessment centre techniques, psychometrics and related testing methodologies;
  • To provide an embedded understanding of the adult learner at work and develop competence in analysing training and learning needs, in designing and delivering training and learning interventions and in evaluating the effectiveness of such programmes from an individual, group or organisational perspective;
  • To examine person-environment fit in the workplace context and its consequences for personal wellbeing and job performance;
  • To develop professional self-identify and professional competences in the areas of interviewing, negotiation, coaching, facilitation and conflict handling; and
  • To develop research skills necessary to formulate, conduct and report an independent piece of research in one of the domain areas of work and organisational psychology.

Lectures are held two days a week Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The MSc is designed to be completed through one- year full-time or two-year part-time study. Full-time candidates are required to take five/six modules per semester, and part-time candidates to take two/three modules per semester. Lectures on the full-time programmes are held two days per week Tuesday and Thursday. Attendance of the part-time variant is one day per week, on Tuesdays in year 1 and Thursdays in year 2. In addition, attendance is required on five full days for the psychometric assessment certificate which is scheduled outside term time.

Work & Organisational Behaviour Programme Content

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • PM6331 Organisation & Work Design, 6 ECTS credits,    Part-time Year 1
  • PM6161 The Psychology of Leadership & Change, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
  • CO6001 Professional Development 1, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
  • PM6021 Psychology of Employment Relations, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
  • PM6131 Research Methods, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2


  • PM6162 Well-being & Work, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
  • PM6152  Personnel Psychology Selection and Assessment, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
  • CO6002 Professional Development 2, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
  • PM6132 Workplace Learning & Development, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
  • PM6172 Managing Performance in Organisations, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
  • PM6122 Research Skills Development, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
  • PM6110 Psychometric Assessment Certificate – Levels A& B (Intermediate) , 3 ECTS credits, Pass/Fail, Part-time Year 1
  • PM6053 & PM6063 Dissertation A & B, 30 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2 

Teaching reflects principles of adult learning and evidence-based practice, drawing on students' own work and educational experiences. A variety of approaches are employed in the delivery of the programme, including lectures, experiential learning, laboratory workshops, supervised research, reflective practice, and regular feedback opportunities from both faculty and peers.  Students benefit from an educational experience that is balanced in terms of group and individual work, theoretical and practical content, and knowledge and skills-based assessment.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Applicants for the MSc in Work and Organisationa l Behaviour/Psychology programme must have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a cognate field e.g. psychology, HRM, HRD, etc.  Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.   Three or more years work experience is preferred for applicants with a second class (lower) honours degree.

Successful applicants with an undergraduate psychology degree, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology.

Please note that the onus is on the applicant to prove recognition of their degree by the PSI.

All other successful applicants will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.

In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements

What to Include with your Application:

  •  Full degree transcript and certificates/awards of all qualifications that you want taken into consideration in your application
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • A CV which includes the jobs you have held in the last 5 years, with a brief description of principal duties
  • Please complete and submit with your application, the Competency Form (download here)

This programme suits individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:

Management Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Training and Development, Management and Leadership Development, Employee Relations, Career Coaching, Research.