Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology (DC508) and the MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour (DC957) at DCU Business School is the longest running specialised programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland.

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.

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

Heavy emphasis on applied and skills based learning providing graduates with the foundation for a career in the field of organisational behaviour

Exposure to international experts and thought leaders during the programme, along with additional workshops and seminars

DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.

Learn from leading academics, who reflect leading thinking and latest practices through their teaching, drawing on their continuing research from their work with top organisations.

Subjects taught

Academic Structures
Programme Academic Structure for 2023 - 2024, MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour
This information is provisional & subject to change.

Part-time Programme Structure
Year 1 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
HR5115A Leadership and Change 10 Semester 2 0 100 1
HR5116 Organisational Psychology 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
HR548 Research Methodology 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
MT5135 Strategy, Organisation and Innovation 10 Semester 1 0 100 1

Year 2 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
HR5018 Trust and Workplace Relationships 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
HR507 Organisational Learning & Development 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
HR5102A Coaching and Mentoring 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
HR5124 Practising Organisational Psychology 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
HR5125 Psychometrics & Analytics 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
HR517 Dissertation 25 Autumn Semester 0 100 2
HR546 Selection and Assessment 5 Semester 1 0 100 1

Entry requirements

For admission to the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology (DC508) candidates must hold –

A 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology and relevant work experience
For admission to the MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour (DC957) candidates must hold –

A 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline and relevant work experience
This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and completion leads to graduate membership of C.I.P.D. DC508 is also fully accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

As part of the application process applicants may be called for interview.
Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme.

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:
Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.
Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

All applicants should apply via college website - see Application weblink above.

• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
• Provide a 500-750 word (max) personal statement.
• Please upload a CV, detailing relevant academic and professional experience, under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section (DC508 applicants only)
• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link


2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

The programme commences in September 2024.

Post Course Info

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.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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