The Level 7 MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at Dublin City University Business School is the longest running specialised programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland.

Among the main areas covered in the programme are:

  • Leadership
  • The psychology of work and organisational life
  • Employee selection, motivation and development
  • Contrasting approaches to performance and well-being
  • Managing organisational change and development
  • Organisational diagnosis and consulting
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Applied organisational research methods.

A key feature of this Masters programme is the educational philosophy, which is built firmly on the ‘Adult Learning Module’. This 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 model reflects the European model of work and Organisational Psychology education.

The part-time delivery mode is designed to suit time committments of working professionals. Each of the eight modules will be delivered in blocks of three or four day seminars.

A flying faculty of professors will join us from Ireland to deliver the programme. Students will also have the opportunity of completing one module at Dublin City University.

Funding Opportunities

Get 70% back via the Get Qualified Scheme.

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Programme Type

This course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom environment and online.

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Flexible Payment Terms

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€8,400 will be refunded through the Get Qualified Scheme.

Fee Includes

  • Networking Coffee Breaks and Lunches
  • Course material tutorial support notes
  • Assigned mentor to assist with thesis
  • Access to online resources to download trainers’ presentations and other material
  • Access to Dublin Ci
  • Duration
    24 Months
  • Start date
    9 Oct 2019
  • Delivery Mode
  • Credits

Awarding Body

MQRIC Accredited

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) deems this Masters Degree to be at Level 7 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.

Entry Criteria

Candidates for the MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour should have an honours degree in a business, social science or organisation related discipline. Alternatively, students will sit for an interview with Dublin City University to determine eligibility. Excellent command of written English is required.

Mode of Assessment

Assessment of the programme is by semester papers, group work, performance assessment, and by research project. All modules are assessed by continuous assessment with no formal exams.

Course Outline

The MSc in Leadership & Organisational Behaviour programme aims to produce professionally qualified organisational behaviour specialists who shall:

  • develop the ability to objectively analyse specific and related aspects of the structure of an organisation and associated dynamics;
  • 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;develop the ability to objectively analyse specific and related aspects of the structure of an organisation and associated dynamics;
  • be capable of analysing organisational staffing needs and prescribing job analysis, recruitment and selection techniques for that organisation;
  • be cognisant of the available methods of employee testing, appraisal and development, to support organisational functioning and development;
  • develop the skills and insights central to evidence based organisational research and analysis;
  • develop distinctive psychological skills for the diagnosis of specific aspects of organisational behaviour and functioning such as training and development, decision-making, restructuring, problem-solving and job design;
  • develop the ability to aid organisations embrace positive psychology, teamworking, multi-cultural workplace integration and innovative management techniques.

Benefits for individuals

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.

Benefits for employers

The knowledge and insights provided by graduates of this programme allows them to make increasingly significant contributions for organisations wishing to achieve optimal performance.

Course Modules

Module 1: Organisational Psychology

This module builds an understanding of what drives the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisational settings. Learning about personality, well-being, motivation, group dynamics, team development and trust will provide participants with an enhanced ability to understand, predict, influence and manage their own behaviours and those of others in the workplace.

Duration: N/A
Trainer : Patrick Flood

Module 2: Strategy and Organisation & Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • This module builds an understanding of organisational strategy which looks at how organisations decide how to achieve important outcomes under conditions of economic and international turbulence. Students will develop strategic thinking skills which involve questioning, challenging, and achieving the right balance between efficiency and innovation for different types of organisations.

Duration: N/A

Module 3: Research Methodology

The module prepares participants for the design, development and operationalisation of their research dissertation research project. The development of valid research questions and hypotheses are covered. Participants will develop the skills to design objective interview schedules and survey questionnaires. Data gathering and data storage issues are dealt with and the ethical issues underpinning organisational research are covered in depth.

Duration: N/A

Module 4: Leadership & Change

  • To lead is to change. The purpose of this module is to explore the crucial role of a leader in bringing about change. This module will examine leadership theory, giving special attention to how models of leadership could be applied in real-world organisations. It will explore the impact of modern business environments and the changing nature of organisations on the leadership function. It will examine the core tasks of leaders in initiating, implementing and anchoring change and the impact of a leader on sustaining a change-ready organisation. In essence, we will explore how leadership theory and research on change management can inform and direct the way leadership is practised and change is managed.

Duration: N/A

Module 5: Applied Organisational Behavior and Work Part 1

  • This module will develop the students’ understanding of core HR practices such as recruiting and selecting the right people, managing performance and training and developing staff. There will be a significant focus on how successful organisations apply these practices to sustain performance and support business growth.

Duration: N/A

Module 6: Coaching and Mentoring

  • This module will provide students with an overview of the principles and practices of business coaching and mentoring in organisations. Students will develop a working knowledge of the coaching process, including how to create the coaching relationship, engage in coaching conversations, and learn to use questioning techniques and coaching tools in the coaching process. Students will also develop a critical awareness and understanding of the potential and limitations of coaching and mentoring models.

Duration: N/A

Module 7: Practising Organisational Behaviour Part II

  • The purpose of this module is to develop skills that will enhance the effectiveness of participants in managerial roles in any organisational setting. Topics may include but are not limited to conflict management, consulting skills (internal and external), and effective delegation. Module content will build on and complement the learning from the previous modules on the Programme.

Duration: N/A

Module 8: Talent Management

  • In a rapidly changing global, digital economy it is widely the ability to attract band manage talented people where and when you need to them is a vital organisational capability. This module will equip students with a working knowledge of the key contemporary trends and theories in talent management. The module will introduce key issues such as talent management systems, the nature of individual performance and potential, talent identification and development, employer branding, data analytics and talent management and the international context of talent management.

Duration: N/A


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