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Work and Organisational Psychology/Work and Organisational Behaviour

University of Limerick · Kemmy Business School

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Work and Organisationa l 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

What to Include with your Application:

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards of all qualifications that you want taken into consideration in your application
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • A CV which includes the jobs you have held in the last 5 years, with a brief description of principal duties
  • Please complete and submit with your application, the Competency Form (download here)

Months of entry


Course content

Among the core aims of the programme are

  • To expose candidates to the fundamental principles underpinning individual and group 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 wellbeing and job performance;
  • To develop professional self-identify and professional competences in the areas of interviewing, negotiation, coaching, facilitation and conflict handling; and
  • 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.

Lectures are held two days a week Tuesdays and Thursdays

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Deirdre O'Shea
+353 61 234383