MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (MQF Level 7)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Module 8

Talent Management

n 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.

MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (MQF Level 7)

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About this course

Being the longest running specialised programme delivering organisational psychology education in Ireland, the MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour programme is one of the most robust and insight-rich organisational psychology programmes out there. Offered by Dublin City University (DCU), one of Ireland’s top universities, this Master of Science programme is designed to provide aspiring leaders and organisational behaviour specialists with extensive insight into organisational behaviour and workplace leadership.

 

The programme, covers a wide spectrum of topics which are essential to individuals wanting to become professionally qualified organisational behaviour specialists. These include: organisational psychology; strategy and organisation; entrepreneurship and innovation; leadership and change; applied organisational research methods; employee selection, motivation and development; contrasting approaches to performance and well-being; organisational diagnosis and consulting; coaching and mentoring; and talent management. Upon completion of this programme, learners will:

Benefits for individuals & organisations:

  • 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.
  • Gain 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.
  • 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, teamwork, multicultural workplace integration and innovative management techniques.

A key feature of this Master’s programme is its structure which is built on the ‘Adult Learning Module’. This model of learning emphasises collaborative and participative team learning and draws heavily on the experiences and insights of participants rather than on the lecturer as expert. Another key feature of the programme is its unique part-time delivery mode which has been specifically designed to suit the time commitments of working professionals. The programme is delivered on a part-time basis in blocks of three or four day seminars four times a year. A fly-in faculty of Irish professors will visit the Academy of Business Leaders to deliver the programme. Students will also have the opportunity to complete one module at Dublin City University.

 

Awarding Bodies

This Master’s Degree is awarded by Dublin City University. DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through its education, research and innovation. DCU is the only Irish university which has been featured in the top 50 under 50 universities three times and also named ‘Irish University of the Year’ twice by the Irish Sunday Times over the last 10 years. The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) deems this MSc to be at Level 7 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.

 

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour should be in possession of a degree and have three years’ management experience. Alternatively, students may sit for an interview with Dublin City University in order to determine eligibility. An excellent command of written English is required.

 

Assessment Mode

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

 

Tutors

Associate Professor, DCU

Director of Research of the Leadership and Talent Institute (LTI), DCU

Assistant HRM Professor, DCU

Organisational Psychology Lecturer and Programme Chair, DCU

HRM Lecturer, DCU

Organisational Psychology Lecturer, DCU

CEO, Business Leaders Malta

Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean for Research, DCU

Work and Organisational Psychology Professor, DCU

Organisational Behaviour Professor and Co-director of the Leadership and Talent Institute, DCU

 

                                               Early Bird Price: €9,995                                                            

€6,997 will be refunded via the Get Qualified Scheme
Pay only €2,998

Price includes:

  • Course material/tutorial support notes
  • Access to online resources on our student portal
  • Access to online resources on DCU’s student portal

  • Networking coffee breaks and lunches
  • Assigned mentor to assist with thesis
  • Certification

 

Syllabus

The programme covers a wide spectrum of topics which are essential to individuals wanting to become professionally qualified organisational behaviour specialists and top-tier leaders within their respective organisations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Module 8

Talent Management

n 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.

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