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 Deirdre O'Shea
Dept. of Work and Employment Studies
T: +353 61 234383

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

Subjects taught

•PM6311 Organisation & Work Design, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•PM6161 The Psychology of Leadership & Change, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•CO6001 Professional Development 1, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•PM6021 Psychology of Employment Relations, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
•PM6131 Research Methods, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2

Spring Semester
•PM6162 Well-being & Work, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•PM6152 Personnel Psychology Selection and Assessment, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•CO6002 Professional Development 2, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 1
•PM6132 Workplace Learning & Development, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
•PM6172 Managing Performance in Organisations, 6 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2
•PM6122 Research Skills Development, 3 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2

Summer Semester
•PM6110 Psychometric Assessment Certificate – Levels A& B (Intermediate) , 3 ECTS credits, Pass/Fail, Part-time Year 1
•PM6053 & PM6063 Dissertation A & B, 30 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2

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

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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: 09/Sep/2019

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!