Work & Organisational Psychology Work & Organisational Behaviour MSc From University of Limerick

Work & Organisational Psychology Work & Organisational Behaviour MSc

University of Limerick

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Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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The MSc is designed to be completed through 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time study. Full-time and part-time students are taught together. Lectures on the full-time programme are held two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-9 pm). Attendance on the part-time variant is one day per week, on Tuesdays in Year 1 and Thursdays in Year 2. Some assessments and group work will need to be scheduled outside of these hours. Students will be given notice of assessment times and dates as soon as they are available; group work will be up to the group members to organise.  In addition, students are required to attend a short course on psychometric testing which is scheduled outside term time, typically in January. The University year consists of two semesters (Spring and Autumn); the dissertation is competed over the summer and submitted at the beginning of August.

Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

Autumn Semester    

  • PM6331 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
  • PM6182 Psychometric Testing, 3 ECTS credits, Pass/Fail, Part-time Year 1 

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

  • PM6053 & PM6063 Dissertation A & B, 30 ECTS credits, Part-time Year 2 

Applicants for the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour 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.). Three or more years’ work experience is preferred for applicants with a second class (lower) honours degree.
Applicants with an undergraduate psychology degree, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), are eligible to apply for 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 applicants are eligible to apply for the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.
The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.
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.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Career Prospects

  • Our graduates have moved into a wide range of generalist and specialist positions in areas such as Consultancy, Human Resource Management, Line Management and Social Care. 
  • Job titles include: Organisational Psychologist, Senior Consultant, Recruitment Consultant, Business Analyst, International Executive Search Consultant, Human Resource Specialist, Human Resource Intern, Talent Manager, Talent Development Project Administrator, Project Manager Analyst, Performance Coach, Occupational Health Manager, Social Care Worker, and Disability Support Worker. 
  • Some of the many employers who have hired our graduates include: Accenture, Aon, Korn Ferry, KinchLyons, BMS Performance, Metronic, Northern Trust, Ely Lilly, Fexco, Dunnes Stores, Health Service Executive, and EmployAbility.


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