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Work & Organisational Psychology & Behaviour

The MSc is designed to be completed through one- year full-time or two-year part-time study. Full-time candidates are required to take five/six modules per semester, and part-time candidates to take two/three modules per semester. Lectures on the full-time programmes are held two days per week Tuesday (2pm-10pm) and Thursday (2pm-10pm). Attendance of the part-time variant is one day per week, on Tuesdays in year 1 and Thursdays in year 2. Attendance is required on five full days for the psychometric assessment certificate.

Among the core aims of the programme are:
• To expose candidates to the fundamental principles underpinning individual and collective behaviour within a variety of organisational settings
• To explore cognitive, political and social issues impacting the management and handling of organisational strategy and change
• To examine the nature of the employment relationship, the employment exchange and the psychological contract
• To develop a thorough understanding of the rationale and methods of all aspects of recruitment and selection, including job analysis, interviews and assessment centre techniques, psychometrics and related testing methodologies
• To provide an embedded understanding of the adult learner at work and develop competence in analysing training and learning needs, in designing and delivering training and learning interventions and in evaluating the effectiveness of such programmes from an individual, group or organisational perspective
• To examine person-environment fit in the workplace context and its consequences for personal and psychosomatic wellbeing and job performance
• To develop professional self-identify and professional competences in the areas of interviewing, negotiation, coaching, facilitation and conflict handling
• To develop research skills necessary to formulate, conduct and report an independent piece of research in one of the domain areas of work and organisational psychology.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour / Psychology programme must have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a cognate field e.g. psychology, HRM, HRD, etc. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary. Three or more years work experience is preferred for applicants with a second class (lower) honours degree.

Successful applicants with an undergraduate psychology degree, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology.

Please note that the onus is on the applicant to prove recognition of their degree by the PSI.

All other successful applicants will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.

In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements.


1 year Full-time or 2 years Part-time

Lectures are held two days a week Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Careers or further progression

This programme suits individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the following areas:
Management Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Training and Development, Management and Leadership Development, Employee Relations, Career Coaching, Research.

Further enquiries

Programme Director:
Dr Michelle Hammond
Dept. of Personnel & Employment Relations
Tel: +353-61-202587

Programme Co-ordinator:
Brid Henley
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Tel: +353-61-202665

Subjects taught

•CO6001 Professional Development 1
•PM6011 Organisational Theory
•PM6021 Psychology of Employment Relations
•PM6141 Psychology of Decision Making & Organisational Change
PS6051 Advanced Analysis for Psychology 1 (Psychology students only) Or
PM6131 Organisational Research Methods (OB students)

Spring Semester
•CO6002 Professional Development 2
•PM6012 Work Design and Employee Wellbeing
•PM6042 Human Resource Development
•PM6122 Research Skills Development
•PM6151-Professional Skills Laboratory
•PM6152-Personnel Psychology Selection & Assessment

Summer Semester
•PM6110 Psychometric Assessment Certificate – Levels A& B (Intermediate)
•PM6053 Dissertation A (Psychology)
•PM6063 Dissertation B (Psychology)
•PM6073 Dissertation A (Behaviour)
•PM6083 Dissertation B (Behaviour)

Teaching reflects principles of adult learning and evidence-based practice, drawing on students' own work and educational experiences. A variety of approaches are employed in the delivery of the programme, including lectures, experiential learning, laboratory workshops, supervised research, reflective practice, and regular feedback opportunities from both faculty and peers. Students benefit from an educational experience that is balanced in terms of group and individual work, theoretical and practical content, and knowledge and skills-based assessment.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules (viewable from course webpage - link below)


Equips candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research, while developing core competencies and professional skills in organisational theory, organisational change, employment relations, selection & assessment, training, employee wellbeing and research design and methods and includes BPS Psychometric Testing Certification.
The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology is fully accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Both the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology and the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

Application date

1 March 2017 (Work Psychology full-time)
1 May 2017 (Work Psychology part-time and Work Behaviour full-time and part-time)

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Course fee

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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