What will I learn?

This programme is designed for psychology and business graduates who are interested in understanding people management in the workplace. It provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about and apply psychological theories to complex work situation in order to maximise organisational effectiveness and employee wellbeing.

This specialist MSc produces professional and self-reflective practitioners who are equipped to make evidence-based contributions to both organisational performance and employee wellbeing. Students acquire in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of theory and empirical evidence -- from psychology and other relevant fields -- that are applicable to the world of work. A wide range of topics are covered including recruitment and selection, leadership, learning and development, motivation and performance, psychometric assessment, work design, employee wellbeing, organisational change, and coaching. The programme recognises the critical role of interpersonal and group skills that underpin the success of Work & Organisational Psychologists and Organisational Behaviour Specialists. Graduates are equipped to use appropriate and ethical, multi-level diagnostic and analytical tools relating to individual, group and organisational problems. The programme also aims to ensure that graduates understand the complex work organisation and its interaction with the broader social, economic and political environment.

The MSc programme currently offers modules leading to a British Psychological Society’s qualification in psychometrics and in Professional Development to assist students in mastering their employability.

The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology and the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), a leading professional body in the field of Human Resource Management. The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). These MSc programmes were the first in Ireland to receive this double accreditation.

On completion of this programme, it's expected that students will be able to:

Synthesise and critically analyse evidence, core concepts and theories of work and organisational psychology/behaviour and assess their applicability for a variety of individual and organisational problems.
Identify contextual issues relevant to organisations and how employees operate, individually and collectively, within them.
Apply personal effectiveness skills such as proactivity, time management, prioritising, reflection to achieve personal and collective goals.
Identify, discriminate between and employ appropriate tools and techniques in areas such as recruitment, selection, training and career development, in a variety of settings while maintaining ethical standards.
Demonstrate effective communication skills to articulate specific areas of investigation in order to solve individual and organisational issues.
Develop and apply the appropriate skills to solve problems in complex business settings.
Demonstrate ability to work with others through the application of communication, interpersonal and team effectiveness skills.

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, case studies, 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.

Which department am I in?

Kemmy Business School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€14,512.00 (US$ 16,452) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022

Venue

University of Limerick

Limerick,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) (or equivalent). Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following: Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved; Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component; English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1; GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above; Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B; GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

For international students

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.

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Limerick

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