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Psychology - Work & Organisational Psychology / Behaviour - Online

Course Outline
Psychology applied to the domain of work is a fascinating area offering many employment opportunities. From improving recruitment decisions to understanding how technology affects our work performance and experience, from coaching individuals to developing organisational capacity, psychology can be applied to enhancing peoples' well-being and performance at work and contributing to organisational effectiveness. This programme, delivered partly online, will be of interest to graduates wishing to pursue careers as work and organisational psychologists, human resource managers, trainers, managers, consultants, or researchers

By engaging with the programme, you will develop a range of practical skills in conducting research, critical thinking and analysis, and a range of competencies relevant to professional work psychologists such as selection and assessment, negotiation, consulting etc. The aim is to equip graduates of this programme with the building blocks to operate as effective and reflective professionals.

The MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour is designed to advance your knowledge of the discipline of psychology applied in work settings. To achieve this the course content emphasises the application of high quality psychological research to real world concerns and issues in the workplace.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
Two entry routes:
i) For psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology
ii) For non-psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Behaviour

Who teaches this course
This programme is delivered by a mix of academics and practitioners with expertise relevant to work and organisational psychology. Staff from the School of Applied Psychology include Dr Carol Linehan, Dr. Debora Jeske, Professor John McCarthy, Dr Raegan Murphy, Dr Zeldi di Blasi, Dr David O'Sullivan, Dr. Conor Linehan and Dr. Nadia Pantidi and we also have staff contributing from the School of Management and Marketing. The programme also benefits from the input of experienced industry and consultancy practitioners.

Why Choose This Course

PROGRAMME FLEXIBILITY
The blended nature of this programme (delivered partly online and partly on campus) offers students flexible access to pursue a Masters qualification. In our experience, this combination supports all those students who are already in employment or are sponsored by their employer to attend this programme.

SCHOOL EXPERTISE
This Masters is underpinned by three key themes that differentiate it from other programmes in Ireland. These themes are based on our school's particular areas of expertise and address contemporary workplace concerns and challenges. Drawing on our digital futures research team we address themes around technology mediated work and organisations; from our resilience and transition team we address themes of well-being, resilience and diversity at work; and finally from our individual differences experts we address themes of recognising and assessing individual abilities and potential in the workplace.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: YOUR EXPERIENCE COUNTS!
We welcome students from all walks of life. As a result, we tend to have a good mix of students with and without human resource/training/coaching/consulting experience in our cohorts. This combination usually supports knowledge exchange (e.g., research methods know-how in exchange for practical insights).

PRACTICE-ORIENTED DISSERTATIONS TO GET A START ON YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Dissertation supervision is managed by a number of faculty associated with this MA programme, but also other MA programmes in our Schools. This ensures that our students have access, via our faculty, to different areas of expertise and knowledge of different professional domains (e.g., mental health/healthcare, coaching, and guidance counselling).

Students are positively encouraged to select a dissertation topic that may pave the way for their envisioned future career goal. When students are already in employment, the option to study a topic close to their employers' interest is supported as long as the dissertation requirements are met. Students are encouraged to seek out potential dissertation advisors within one month of starting the programme to facilitate a well-coordinated and timely delivery of the dissertation in the first (for part-timers second) year.

Entry requirements

Entry Route 1: MA in Work and Organisational Psychology
Application Course Codes: CKD41 (Full-time), CKD42 (Part-time)
- An undergraduate degree in Psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland or other country national equivalent (e.g. BPS or APA).
-A second class honours grade one (2H1/2.1) degree is required.

Consideration will be given to second class honours grade two (2H2/2.2) (level 8 degree) candidates, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another Master's degree acceptable to the School selection committee. In such cases, the student will be required to set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the School selection committee.

Entry Route 2: MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour

Application Course Codes: CKD43 (Full-time), CKD44 (Part-time)
-An undergraduate degree that includes subjects related to the area (e.g. business, psychology, human resource management, organisational behaviour, sociology of work). Applicants with a second class honours grade one (2H1/2.1) or higher (1H/1st) degree in any discipline and a minimum of three years' relevant work experience will also be considered.
-A second class honours grade one (2H1, 2.1) degree is required.

Consideration will be given to second class honours grade two (2H2/2.2) (level 8 degree) candidates, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another Master's degree acceptable to the School selection committee. In such cases, the student will be required to set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the School selection committee.

Please note the following:
Eligible candidates may be interviewed at the selection stage.
For all applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent is required.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Duration

1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

This programme is delivered via blended learning. This offers students greater flexibility in directing and scheduling their learning. As a guide, this means that students can expect approximately 50% of their core modules to be delivered online and 50% in face to face sessions on campus. The modules incorporate a combination of self-guided online materials, web-based lectures and seminars, occasional online discussion groups and online assessments. All core classes* are scheduled for one day per week from 2-8pm on campus. Students can benefit from face-to-face contact with staff and peers during campus lectures while still enjoying the flexibility and widened access afforded by online learning.

*Electives may vary from this schedule, and will require attendance on campus outside of the core hours of 2-8pm.

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this programme can look forward to a wide range of career options across both the public and private sectors applying psychology at work. Graduates may enter careers as work and organisational psychologists, or may consider careers in human resource management, human resource development, consultancy, organizational research or academic/research careers.

To date, a number of our alumni have been recruited nationally and internationally as an outcome of completing this MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour. For alumni who were already in employment, a number of our former students were subsequently promoted to new roles. Examples of areas where alumni ended up working include: Human Resources positions, organisers/facilitators of Organisational Development and Change / Community Development initiatives, occupational psychologists in training, consultants (e.g., recruitment and selection).

PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES: SUPPORTING EMPLOYABILITY

Where possible, we also support practical skills training. A number of our alumni have been introduced to practitioners in the field who offered internships and other training opportunities. We continue to support such initiatives to marry the academic with the practical aspects of this degree to support graduate employability.

Further enquiries

 Dr. Carol Linehan
carol.linehan@ucc.ie
00 353 21 4904608
http://www.ucc.ie/en/apsych/prospectivestudents/postgrad/maworkorg/

Main Office, School of Applied Psychology
stephen.cullen@ucc.ie
00 353 21 4904604

Subjects taught

Part One (60 credits in total)

Core Modules (50 credits)

AP6016 Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
AP6169 Learning, Well-Being and Participation at Work (10 credits)
AP6166 Personnel Selection and Assessment (10 credits)
AP6170 Professional Skills (5 credits)
MG6020 Changing, Leading and Developing Organisations (5 credits)
AP6168 Designing in Work and Workplaces (10 credits)

Elective Modules (choice of modules below to the value of 10 credits)

AP6159 Positive Organisational Psychology (5 credits) - subject to approval
AP6160 Private Practice (5 credits)
AP6161 Coaching Skills (5 credits)
AP6211 Theories of Career Development (5 credits)

AP6176 Cognitive Enhancement (5 credits) – subject to approval

Part Two (30 credits in total)

AP6171 Research Dissertation (30 credits)

Part-time (90 credits in total)

The part-time MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour runs over two calendar years (24 months). Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits in Part One (running across Semesters One and Two of Year One and Semester One of Year Two). In Part Two students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits), which is submitted at the end of the summer in Year Two.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
Two entry routes: i) For psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology ii) For non-psychology graduates -Masters in Work and Organisational Behaviour.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.

Assessment method

Assessment

There are a mix of assessments for this programme including on-line assessments, written reports and essays, examinations and a research dissertation.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 5 September 2019

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