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Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

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

The programme emphasises collaborative and participative team learning, and draws heavily on the experiences and insights of participants rather than on the lecturer as expert.

The programme produces professionally qualified organisational psychologists and organisational behaviour specialists who can make significant contributions to organisations wishing to achieve optimal performance.

Why do this course?
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, accredited by AACSB, has an 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.

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.

Dublin City University has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners both at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue leadership and management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.

Entry requirements

General 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.


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Yseult Freeney
t: +353 (01) 7007170

Application date

Dates for Submission of Applications
There is an intake onto this programme every two years (i.e. 2015, 2017, etc.).

EU Applicants
Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

Non EU Applicants
Apply on line through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

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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