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Psychology - Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour MA

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Course Code: See application procedure for details below

Course Title: Psychology - Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Psychology - Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

Two entry routes: i) For psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology  ii) For non-psychology graduates - Masters in Work and Organisational Behaviour.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €8,000 full-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €16,000

Entry Requirements: The entry requirements vary, depending on the programme. Two entry routes exist. Entry Route 1: MA in Work and Organisational Psychology: An undergraduate degree in Psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland or other country national equivalent (e.g. BPS or APA). A second class honours grade one degree is required. Entry Route 2: MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour: An undergraduate degree that includes subjects related to the area (eg business, psychology, human resource management, organisational behavior, sociology of work). Applicants with a second class honours grade one (2H1/2.1) or higher (1H/1st) degree in any discipline and a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience will also be considered. A 2H1 degree is required. (see detailed entry requirements further down).

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

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.  

Course Details

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 One (60 credits in 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 (choice of modules below to the value of 10 credits)

AP6159 Positive Organisational Psychology (5 credits) - subject to approval
AP6160 Private Practice (5 credits)
AP6161 Coaching Skills (5 credits)
AP6211 Theories of Career Development (5 credits)

AP6176 Cognitive Enhancement (5 credits) – subject to approval

Part Two (30 credits in total)

AP6171 Research Dissertation (30 credits) 

Part-time (90 credits in total)

The part-time MA in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour runs over two calendar years (24 months).  Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits in Part One (running across Semesters One and Two of Year One and Semester One of Year Two).  In Part Two students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits), which is submitted at the end of the summer in Year Two.

 

Detailed Entry Requirements

Entry Route 1:  MA in Work and Organisational Psychology
Application Course Codes:  CKD41 (Full-time), CKD42 (Part-time)

  • An undergraduate degree in Psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland or other country national equivalent (e.g. BPS or APA).
  • A second class honours grade one (2H1/2.1) degree is required. 

Consideration will be given to second class honours grade two (2H2/2.2) 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 student will be required to set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the School selection committee.

Entry Route 2:  MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour 

Application Course Codes:  CKD43 (Full-time), CKD44 (Part-time)

  • 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 one (2H1/2.1) or higher (1H/1st) degree in any discipline and a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience will also be considered.
  • A second class honours grade one (2H1, 2.1) degree is required.

Consideration will be given to second class honours grade two (2H2/2.2) 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 student will be required to set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the School selection committee.

Please note the following:

  • Eligible candidates may be interviewed at the selection stage.
  • For all applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent is required.
  • If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Applications must be made online at www.pac.ie/ucc .   Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the online application procedure click How to Apply.

Course codes:
CKD41:  MA in Work and Organisational Psychology - Full-time
CKD42:  MA in Work and Organisational Psychology - Part-time
CKD43:  MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour - Full-time
CKD44:  MA in Work and Organisational Behaviour - Part-time

2 year part-time option open to Irish/EU students only

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application at www.pac.ie/ucc (My Account section), or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

In addition it involves:

Applicants will be asked to complete a statement as part of the online application process for this programme. This 500 word statement should outline a) the applicant’s reasons for applying to the course at UCC, and b) 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 on this MA programme.

Applicants for the MA in Work and Organisational Psychology stream who have completed their undergraduate psychology degree (or conversion programme) outside of Ireland will also need to provide evidence that the programme they completed is recognised by the PSI/BPS/APA or the national Psychological Society of the country in which you completed the 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.

Course Practicalities

This programme is delivered via blended learning. 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 core classes* are scheduled for one day per week from 2-8pm 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 will require attendance on campus outside of the core hours of 2-8pm.

Assessment

There are a mix of assessments for this programme including on-line assessments, written reports and essays, examinations and a research dissertation.

Who Teaches This Course

This programme is delivered by a mix of academics and practitioners with expertise relevant to work and organisational psychology. Staff from the School of Applied Psychology include Dr Carol Linehan, Dr. Debora Jeske, Professor John McCarthy, Dr Raegan Murphy, Dr Zeldi di Blasi, Dr David O’Sullivan, Dr. Conor Linehan and Dr. Nadia Pantidi and we also have staff contributing from the School of Management and Marketing. The programme also benefits from the input of experienced industry and consultancy practitioners.

Further Contact Information

Programme Coordinator Name: Dr Carol Linehan
Email Address: carol.linehan@ucc.ie
Telephone: 00 353 21 4904604

Address: Room G10,
School of Applied Psychology,
Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall.


Main Office,
School of Applied Psychology,
Cork Enterprise Centre,
North Mall,
UCC.
Telephone: 00 353 21 4904604
Email: stephen.cullen@ucc.ie

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