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MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

Master of Science in Work & Organisational Psychology

  • PAC CodeDC508/DC957
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-Time
  • Duration 2 Years

The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology (DC508) and the MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour (DC957) at DCU Business School is the longest running specialised programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland.

The programme emphasises collaborative and participative team learning, and draws heavily on the experiences and insights of participants rather than on the lecturer as expert.

The programme produces professionally qualified organisational psychologists and organisational behaviour specialists who can make significant contributions to organisations wishing to achieve optimal performance.

Why do this course?

  • Recognised and fully accredited by the leading professional body in the field of HRM, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and the Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Heavy emphasis on applied and skills based learning providing graduates with the foundation for a career in the field of organisational behaviour
  • Exposure to international experts and thought leaders during the programme, along with additional workshops and seminars
  • DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.
  • Learn from leading academics, who reflect leading thinking and latest practices through their teaching, drawing on their continuing research from their work with top organisations

Student Voice

Every week we left the class on a high and I felt I had learnt something new that I could instantly bring back to my job. I am now working as a training director for a global company, a move I wouldn’t have had the confidence to take prior to the course.

Orla Nolan, Training Director, State Street Alternative Investment Solutions IFS, A State Street Company


The programme aims to produce professionally qualified Organisational Psychologists and Organisational Behaviour specialists 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 for 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;
  • Develop the ability to aid organisations embrace teamworking, multi-cultural workplace integration and innovative management techniques.

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis over two years. Classes take place one evening per week on Wednesdays, 3.00 - 8.15pm. 

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Dublin City University has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners both at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. 

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue leadership and management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.


Graduates of this programme are equipped for employment in a wide range of Irish and international organisations, in both the public and private sectors. Graduates typically take positions managing change, diagnosing organisational problems, and planning and managing interventions. The variety of positions undertaken reflects the diverse strengths of the programme.


General Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology (DC508) should have an honours degree in Psychology (at Upper Second Class Honours level, or above).

Candidates for the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour (DC957) should have an honours degree in a business, social sciences, or organisation-related discipline (at Upper Second Class Honours level, or above).

Graduates are likely to be involved in the following work fields:

  • Change management in larger organisations
  • Management of training and development
  • Policy studies in research centres
  • Organisational advice and management consulting
  • Personnel selection and development
  • Academic research and training


How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 21st September 2018 for the September 2018 intake.


Non-EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 11th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (


PAC code DC508 for MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour.

PAC code DC957 for MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.

The programme commences with a compulsory Orientation Session, which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date.

Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to