UCC Postgraduate courses

Psychology – Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Psychology – Work & Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    Full-time €8,130; Part-time €4,130 (Year 1), €4,130 (Year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 June 2023

  • Start Date

    11 September 2023

Course Outline

Psychology applied to the domain of work is a fascinating area offering many employment opportunities.  From improving recruitment decisions to understanding how technology affects our work performance and experience, from coaching individuals to developing organisational capacity, psychology can be applied to enhancing peoples’ well-being and performance at work and contributing to organisational effectiveness. This programme, delivered partly online, will be of interest to graduates wishing to pursue careers as work and organisational psychologists, human resource managers, trainers, managers, consultants, or researchers

By engaging with the programme, you will develop a range of practical skills in conducting research, critical thinking and analysis, and a range of competencies relevant to professional work psychologists such as selection and assessment, negotiation, consulting etc.  The aim is to equip graduates of this programme with the building blocks to operate as effective and reflective professionals.  

The MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour is designed to advance your knowledge of the discipline of psychology applied in work settings. To achieve this the course content emphasises the application of high-quality psychological research to real-world concerns and issues in the workplace.  

Part I (60 credits total)

Core Modules (50 credits)

  • AP6016 Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
  • AP6169 Learning, Well-Being and Participation at Work (10 credits)
  • AP6166 Personnel Selection and Assessment (10 credits)
  • AP6170 Professional Skills (5 credits)
  • MG6020 Changing, Leading and Developing Organisations (5 credits)
  • AP6168 Designing in Work and Workplaces (10 credits)

Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)

  • AP6159 Positive Organisational Psychology (5 credits)
  • AP6160 Private Practice (5 credits)
  • AP6161 Coaching Skills (5 credits)
  • AP6176 Cognitive Enhancement (5 credits)

Part II (30 credits)

  • AP6171 Research Dissertation in Applied Psychology (Work and Organisational Psychology) (30 credits)

Part-Time Option

The 90-credit part-time MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour runs over two calendar years (24 months):

  • Part I comprises modules worth 60 credits running across Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 1, and Semester 1 of Year 2.
  • Part II comprises a research dissertation worth 30 credits, which is submitted at the end of the summer in Year 2.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

Entry Routes

  • For psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology
  • For non-psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Behaviour

This programme is delivered via a blended learning format. This offers students greater flexibility in directing and scheduling their learning. As a guide, this means that students can expect approximately 50% of their core modules to be delivered online and 50% in face-to-face sessions on campus.

The modules incorporate a combination of self-guided online materials, web-based lectures and seminars, occasional online discussion groups, and online assessments. All Part One core classes* are scheduled for one day per week from 2pm-8pm on campus. Students can benefit from face-to-face contact with staff and peers during campus lectures while still enjoying the flexibility and widened access afforded by online learning.

*Electives may vary from this schedule and some require attendance on campus outside of the core hours of 2pm-8pm.


There is a mix of assessments for this programme including online assessments, written reports and essays, examinations, and a research dissertation.

Why Choose This Course

Programme Flexibility

The blended nature of this programme (delivered partly online and partly on campus) offers students flexible access to pursue a Masters's qualification. In our experience, this combination supports all those students who are already in employment or are sponsored by their employer to attend this programme.

School Expertise

This programme is underpinned by three key themes that differentiate it from other programmes in Ireland. These themes are based on our school’s particular areas of expertise and address contemporary workplace concerns and challenges. Drawing on our digital futures research team we address themes around technology-mediated work and organisations; from our resilience and transition team we address themes of well-being, resilience and diversity at work; and finally, from our individual differences experts, we address themes of recognising and assessing individual abilities and potential in the workplace.

Knowledge Exchange - Your Experience Counts!

We welcome students from all walks of life. As a result, we tend to have a good mix of students with and without human resource/training/coaching/consulting experience in our cohorts. This combination usually supports knowledge exchange (e.g., research methods know-how in exchange for practical insights).

Practice-Oriented Dissertation

Dissertation supervision is managed by a number of faculty associated with this MA programme, but also other MA programmes in our Schools. This ensures that our students have access, via our faculty, to different areas of expertise and knowledge of different professional domains (e.g., mental health/healthcare, coaching, and guidance counselling).

Students are positively encouraged to select a dissertation topic that may pave the way for their envisioned future career goals. When students are already in employment, the option to study a topic close to their employers’ interest is supported as long as the dissertation requirements are met. Students are encouraged to seek out potential dissertation advisors within one month of starting the programme to facilitate a well-coordinated and timely delivery of the dissertation in the first (for part-time students' second) year. 

The benefits of linking research to practice are apparent in a number of success stories, for example:

My dissertation supervisor emphasised the importance of making sure that my research was directly applicable to the workplace. Having a large piece of work, with findings and recommendations relevant to organisations really makes you stand out during the interview process. The organisation I worked with as part of my research actually asked me to interview for a position that became available during the year.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of this programme can look forward to a wide range of career options across both the public and private sectors applying psychology at work. Graduates may enter careers as work and organisational psychologists, or may consider careers in human resource management, human resource development, consultancy, organizational research, or academic/research careers.

To date, a number of our alumni have been recruited nationally and internationally as an outcome of completing this MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour. For alumni who were already in employment, a number of our former students were subsequently promoted to new roles. Examples of areas where alumni ended up working include Human Resources positions, organisers or facilitators of Organisational Development and Change/Community Development initiatives, occupational psychologists in training, and consultants (e.g., recruitment and selection).

Student Testimonials

The course emphasised the application of theory in the workplace and I found this to be very useful when going to interviews. Completing this course helps you to develop a diversity of thought that makes you stand out amongst other applicants at interview stage and has played a pivotal role in helping me secure my current job.

I am really delighted I decided to do this masters. From beginning to end the department and the staff supporting the course have been really helpful and supportive. I originally completed my undergrad in psychology in UCC and have found my experience in the department to be top-class on both occasions.

This MA gave me a whole new perspective and pushed me to develop my critical thinking.  In addition to self-directed learning, it challenged the class through engaging discussions, to look at everyday work-related issues, bringing a new open-minded perspective. 

Practice Opportunites - Supporting Employability

Where possible, we also support practical skills training. A number of our alumni have been introduced to practitioners in the field who offered internships and other training opportunities. We continue to support such initiatives to marry the academic with the practical aspects of this degree to support graduate employability. This is also confirmed by reports from our graduates:

The cross-over between theory and application has been fantastic and my experience of the masters has left me very confident in embarking on a career as an occupational psychologist.

During the year we had many interesting guest speakers and I was lucky enough to be offered a paid internship in one of their companies. The experience of working alongside a fellow work and organizational psychologist was invaluable and my employer has since offered to be my supervisor as I begin the journey of becoming chartered.

For those students interested in research careers, our graduates may also consider progressing to doctoral studies in the area or engage in further specialisation in the area of work psychology. Our School offers both funded and self-funded PhD opportunities.


MA Work and Organisational Psychology 

  • A primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Psychology.
  • Satisfy the eligibility requirements for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland or the British Psychological Society.  This can be demonstrated by:
  • A second-class honours grade one degree is required. Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be given to second class honours grade two (level 8 degree) candidates, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another Master’s degree acceptable to the School selection committee.  In such cases, the applicant should set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in the supplementary statement and/or interview.

MA Work and Organisational Behaviour 

  • An undergraduate degree that includes subjects related to the area (e.g. business, psychology, human resource management, organisational behaviour, sociology of work).  Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8)in any discipline and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience will also be considered.
  • A Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) degree is required.  Consideration will be given to Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) candidates, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another Master’s degree acceptable to the School selection committee.  In such cases, the applicant should set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in the supplementary statement and/or interview.

Eligible candidates may be interviewed.

Entry Criteria

The criteria for selection includes:

  • Academic performance.
  • Demonstrated interest in, or work experience relevant to, work psychology.

Application Process

An application must be made online at the UCC application portal and includes a 500-word personal statement, giving reasons for applying to the course including a statement about career objectives. Statements will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Demonstrating some awareness of work and organisational psychology.
  • Showing evidence of how this master fits with careers interests and objectives.

Shortlisted candidates may also be interviewed.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Vsit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is Full-time €8,130; Part-time €4,130 (Year 1), €4,130 (Year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,800.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment 

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment 

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Additional Requirments (All Applicants)

Course Codes

  • MA in Work and Organisational Psychology - MAWOP
  • MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour - MAWOB

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme. All Applicants will be asked to complete a statement as part of the online application process for this programme. This 500-word statement should include the applicant’s reasons for applying to the course at UCC and a statement about how this programme fits with the applicant’s career objectives. Where appropriate applicants may also wish to specify how their previous degree course and work experience will contribute to their performance in this MA programme.

Please note the following:

  • Eligible candidates may be interviewed at the selection stage.
  • Please note that if your application is successful, deferrals are not permitted on this programme.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.


Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

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