Learning & Development - Consultancy

This tailored course provides effective/holistic consultant training in the area of organisational learning and development for those working as external consultants with clients or as internal consultants in technical or specialist organisational support functions. The course is led by the Department of Management and Marketing in collaboration with the Department of Applied Psychology and Adult Continuing Education. Upon completion, graduates of this course may apply for graduate membership of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD).

The key aims of the course are:

to equip those working in or progressing towards learning and development consulting roles with the necessary theoretical, professional and practical skills

to develop a multidisciplinary perspective to organisational learning and development consultancy

to develop co-operative learning and dissemination skills

to foster transferable skills that permit students to become lifelong learners in this field

to undertake substantial research on real-life issues in the area.

The MA in Learning and Development (Consultancy) is designed to integrate:

learning and development theory
psychological approaches
consultancy theory and practice
business strategy and approaches
IT approaches.

The course will cover key competencies in:

organisational knowledge
learning and development capability
research methods
intervention diagnoses and implementation
interpersonal capabilities.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

critically appraise existing theories, research and practice in this area

transfer research results into practice and implement scientifically-based learning, development and consultancy interventions programmes

undertake substantial research on real-life issues.

The course has its origins in a working group comprising of IITD, FAS, IBEC, and SkillNet as well as educational partners. The professional body, IITD, progressively highlighted the need for a level 9 qualification in this field in recognition of the changing and challenging array of roles that the learning and development professional was being asked to engage in. Unlike some UK-based equivalent courses, this MA is delivered with a balance between academic and practitioner perspectives, equipping the student with applied experience and knowledge prior to completion of the course. An active network of students from past cycles is open to students of this course.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will: *hold a relevant Level 8 qualification with an overall 2.1 or distinction, and/or * a relevant qualification(s) considered by the selection panel to be equivalent and two years' experience, or * have substantial experience in a learning and development role.

Where substantial experience is presented in evidence, you will be required to complete an assessment at interview to demonstrate that you meet this criterion.

English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Assessment Info

The course is assessed through continuous assessment (comprising of practical assignments/essays) and examinations. There is also a requirement to produce a dissertation of 25,000 – 35,000 words.


2 years part-time.

2 evenings per week plus occasional Saturday workshops from October to June.


€5,000 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

Enrolment dates

Next Intake 2019 - TBC

Post Course Info

Upon completion, graduates of this course may apply for graduate membership of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD). Graduates from this course can go on to embed themselves in their own organisation as internal consultants or establish a consulting service providing interventions into organisations.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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