MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology / MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour What Our Graduates Say… Fiona: I wanted to complete the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology because I felt that a mix of psychology and business / organisational studies was an excellent combination to have in today’s world. There was great variety in the modules provided in this course, ranging from Employee Wellbeing, to Research Methods, to Organisational Theory. Completing coursework, including assignments, group work, and presentations meant we got to know our classmates and develop strong friendships whilst also developing personal skills such as team-working, presenting and communicating. This was particularly useful in terms of experience and building confidence, and will certainly aid us in current and future employment. Conducting research with the support of Faculty was also a hugely valuable learning experience. Our lecturers were all expert in their given areas and were incredibly generous with their time if ever extra help was needed. It was also useful to experience a range of different teaching methods. For me, the best thing about this Masters is that I feel it has equipped me with an education that means I can work in a wide variety of different jobs - to give just a few examples, Recruitment, Human Performance Management, Selection and Assessment, Human Resource Development, Coaching and Training. Certainly, this Masters involves hard work but the benefits involved, in terms of the knowledge, skills, experience, and friendships gained, make it more than worth it. Fiona Flinn (2007-08) entered the full-time programme directly after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at University College Dublin. She was hired by Accenture for the Graduate Recruitment Programme in Management Consultancy. Michael: Everyday, especially at work, it always intrigues me the breath, depth and strength of the relationship I need to have with someone to build rapport. I wanted to learn more about this complicated arrangement between individuals and the impact it can have on the working and personal lives of people. I could not believe it when I first read the syllabus for the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour. It seemed perfect. The course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the work environment, weaving research concepts with everyday aspects of the work place. Topics such as organisational change, employment relations, selection and assessment, training and development as well as employee wellbeing were included in the fabric of the learning process. Even better, the part time option gave me the opportunity to build in the “learnings” from the course at work as I continued with my career. The faculty members were always professional, accessible and helpful. Best of all was the mix of students, as recent graduates challenged the conventional mindsets of colleagues more established in their careers which made for interesting discussions and workshops as part of course assignments. My current role involves people management, change management and organisational development. This course provided the theoretical and practical aspects of these principles and has significantly contributed to both my professional and personal development. Michael Ledwith (2007-09) is Head of Training and Development at Roche Ireland Ltd. Sunnhild: After finishing my undergraduate degree in Business Psychology in Germany, I was looking for a Master’s program in a similar field in an English speaking country. Even within my application process at the Kemmy Business School I felt that the whole faculty was personally approachable as I had direct email correspondences with some of the lecturers. Having started the courses I noticed a huge heterogeneity in the students’ backgrounds which led to very beneficial and fruitful group projects later on. The modules were all well structured, relevant to practice and very, very interesting. I especially enjoyed the huge variety in the assignments. For instance, we were required to write essays, give presentations, conduct small research assignments with analysis and also pass exams. Furthermore, there was a good balance between individual assignments and group projects. What was totally new to me was being known by the lecturers by name, having small classes and being in touch with the whole faculty and lecturers directly. I really enjoyed this personal and straightforward atmosphere. The lecturers were very mindful and considerate as some even offered to discuss first drafts of essays and presentations. Due to an extraordinary supervision I was able to develop further important research skills and successfully finish my thesis. As an international student I always felt comfortable and welcome at the Kemmy Business School. I believe that the Work and Organisational Psychology programme provided me with valuable international experience and enormous professional development at the same time. The studies were challenging, but never boring and due to huge support of classmates, lecturers and faculty staff I was never ever lost in jungle. Sunnhild Wichern (2008-09) is working as an HR Intern at MG International Recruitment Agency in Dublin Derek: My decision to enrol in the MSc was primarily because it offered something different. The program differed from many other business post-graduate programs in that it focused very much on how psychological principles can be applied in an organisational setting. My career to date has been in HR and business and so I viewed the program as an opportunity to acquire a new understanding of the work environment and a new set of skills. The course is very practical and the concepts and modules covered are both interesting and challenging. The program has many practical applications and for me developing my understanding of developments in key organisational behaviour concepts and their application in the workplace was very useful, particularly in the areas of work design and organisational change. Taking the program part-time meant I could fit study around my job and while the course content is challenging, the support and resources available are excellent. This coupled with interactive teaching methods and small class size made for a first class educational experience. The interaction with full-time MSc students and students from the Masters in HRM throughout the program also provided for a great learning dynamic, with a diverse range of experience and backgrounds coming together to discuss a range of HR challenges. On completing the program I feel I have really developed my professional competencies and the opportunity to acquire Psychometric Testing accreditation Levels A&B is fantastic. Derek O’Sullivan (2007-09) is HR Manager, GE Capital Aviation Services MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology / MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour What Our Graduates Say… Louise: My route to the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology course wasn’t the “typical” HR route. I had completed my undergraduate degree in psychology a few years previously and had been working in the area of vocational rehabilitation with people with disabilities. I wanted to know more about how I could help people through the recruitment and selection process and what I could do to improve the training I provided as part of this work. In addition, I needed an appropriate postgraduate qualification in order to be eligible for promotion in my area of work. This course ticked all those boxes for me. I chose the one-year, full-time option and found I really benefited from it. Quite apart from increasing my knowledge and awareness of psychological principles in work, I thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual challenge of the assignments and discussing and evaluating my own work experiences in light of my increased understanding of organisational psychology. The course provided me with an excellent grasp of the recruitment and selection process and greatly increased my knowledge of the relevant issues in training adult learners. The lecturers were very approachable and friendly and the high level of support provided to students was a great help. Having completed the course I found that I was eligible to apply for higher-level jobs as I now had an excellent postgraduate qualification, as well as a solid work history. Two months later I secured a full-time post with a very reputable organisation. Although I was initially nervous about returning to college and taking on the academic demands of postgraduate education, completing my Masters was a significant step in my career and one I would thoroughly recommend. Louise Pembroke (2007-08) has a Psychology degree from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently working as a Programme Supervisor for RehabCare. Ian: I took part in MSc with a view to enhancing my understanding and knowledge of organisations and the human dynamics that operate within them. Coming from a Human Resources background I found the course to contain an excellent blend of both HR and psychology based subjects giving a unique behavioural based insight into organisational life. In the design of the course, a perfect balance between the theoretical and practical has been achieved. Modules such as the Psychology of Employment Relations and Organisational Theory introduced students to theoretical frameworks underpinning organisations, while modules on Selection and Assessment and the Professional Skills Laboratory provided the key practical skills required by HR practitioners in all organisations today. The small class sizes, combined with the approachable and friendly Faculty gave the course a very personal feel. The introduction of the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology / MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour has confirmed the Kemmy Business School’s position as a leader in the field of Human Resource Management tuition. I would have no hesitation in recommending this MSc to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge of organisations and develop key skills that will enhance their performance as Human Resource Managers and Organisational Psychologists. Capt Ian Burke (2007-08) is currently employed as the Work & Organisational Psychologist for the Irish Defence Forces. Sinéad: Work and Organisational Psychology combines the dynamics of the business world with the analytical and exploratory dimension of psychological study to provide a real and tangible application and addition to organisational life. This Masters provided an excellent platform to specialise in this valuable area, from which you can see genuine and immediate results. The course contained a fusion of theoretical and practical information, while allowing students to investigate real-life examples of organisational psychology at work. The successful interaction of psychology and business modules provided a comprehensive insight into key elements of organisational psychology, including employee wellbeing, job satisfaction, human resource development, decision-making and organisational change. The department of Personnel and Employment Relations excels in knowledge, expertise and support for all students. Students are encouraged to take the lead in this course and explore the endless opportunities of organisational psychology research. After completing the MSc, I feel that I have genuinely gained a greater understand of the role of organisational psychology in everyday life. While the course involves a considerable amount of hard work and dedication, the value I have gained from my time in the Kemmy Business School has been worth every second. Sinéad Monaghan (2008-09) completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at University College Dublin. After the full- time MSc, she registered for a PhD in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations in the Kemmy Business School, UL Helen: This course is ideally suited to individuals like myself who work in a supervisory or management role and for graduates interested in a career in Human Resource Management or Training and Development. The opportunity to engage in practical application was really beneficial. The skills we learned are invaluable, particularly in the current economic climate for companies and their employees adversely affected by re-structuring and down-sizing. We were also afforded the opportunity to enhance our skill levels by being provided with a course in psychometric testing which gave us British Psychological Society Level A and B accreditation. Helen Owens (2007-08) has a BA in Training and Education from NUI Galway and completed the MSc while continuing to work as a Staff Officer in Education Support Services at County Clare VEC.
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