The Master of Science programme in Work and Organisational Psychology was established in 1991 and designed to respond to the needs of Irish organisations in an environment characterised by rapid and complex change. The programme is unique in Ireland and provides organisations with professionally qualified Organisational Psychologists, equipped with the knowledge, experience and professional expertise necessary to make a significant contribution to organisational development and change.
A key feature of this Masters programme is the educational philosophy which is built firmly on the ‘Adult Learning Model.’ This puts an emphasis on collaborative and participative team learning and draws heavily on the experiences and insights of participants rather than on the lecturer as expert.
The entry requirement for admission to this course is a good Honours Degree in Psychology, second class grade two or above. In addition to relevant qualifications, relevant work experience will be a factor in selecting applicants. The selection process typically involves an interview. The class is usually composed of professionals from a variety of sectoral backgrounds as well as recent graduates, which adds to the dynamic of the group.
Classes take place on one day per week, usually Thursday, from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Assessment of the programme will be by term papers, group work, performance assessment and by research project with formal examinations being the exception rather than the rule.
Programme Aims and Objectives
The programme aims to produce professionally qualified Organisational Psychologists who shall: • develop the ability to objectively analyse specific and related aspects of the structure of an organisation and the tasks it performs; • have a complete understanding of both the measurement and influence of individual differences such as personality, motivation, leadership style and attitudes on organisational performance and efficiency; • be cognisant of the available methods of employee testing, appraisal and development, appropriate to organisational rationale; • be capable of analysing organisational staffing needs and prescribing job analysis, recruitment and selection techniques to that organisation; • develop distinctive psychological skills for the diagnosis of specific aspects of organisational behaviour and functioning such as training, decision-making, restructuring, problem-solving and job design;
Students are required to complete a dissertation which is typically centred on empirical research conducted in appropriate organisations. Some examples include:
• Evaluation of Knowledge Management Systems. • The importance of Emotional Intelligence in Tele-working environment. • The impact of Shift working and Stress in the Health sector. • An evaluation of Work Family Balance support systems in the public sector. • How Commuting Stress influences Work Behaviour. • The impact of Work Space on Performance. • Mapping change management strategy in private sector organisations. • Designing the most effective Selection method. • Emotional Labour and Job Stressors in the Service Sector. • Designing Effective Performance Appraisal and Developmental Reviews.
Additional Programme Features
A series of guest lecturers from the field of work psychology participate in the programme, imparting their knowledge and experience to students and making a valuable contribution to the learning process. Recent participants have included: • Prof. Jose-Maria Peiro, University Valencia, Spain. • Prof. Charles Lance, University of Georgia, USA. • Prof. Janet Barnes-Farrell, University of Connecticut, USA. • Prof. Rob Roe, University Maastricht, Netherlands.
Graduates of the M.Sc. have found employment in a wide variety of Irish and international organisations, representative of a variety of sectors. Recent graduates have gained positionsin Public Service organisations, financial institutions and the information technology sector to mention a few. The variety of positions undertaken reflect the diverse strengths of the programme. Graduates typically take positions managing change, diagnosing organisational problems and planning and managing interventions.
“I was attracted to this Masters programme for its unique amalgamation of psychology and business know-how. The sense of professional identity among the group is very strong and the collaborative nature of the programme has made it a great learning experience. Indeed the professionalism of the academic staff on the programme made it feel more like working in an organisation than an academic institution!” Diane Dignam, M.Sc. in Work and Organisational Psychology 2003, Independent Consultant DHR Consulting.
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