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
consultancy theory and practice
business strategy and approaches
The course will cover key competencies in:
learning and development capability
intervention diagnoses and implementation
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.