Dublin City University

HR-specific/related courses: MBS in HR Strategies; MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. The MBS programme is delivered on a part-time basis, involving four semesters of attendance at the university over two years. Major work on the action research project is undertaken in the summer between the first and second years of the programme.

Founded: Dublin City University was established as the National Institute for Higher Education and was awarded university status in 1989.

College CV: DCU is an 85-acre campus on the north side of the city. There are approximately 50 undergraduate degree programmes and 40 postgraduate taught programmes at both diploma and masters levels. Students may opt to study by research, for which DCU has a world-class reputation. The university is strongly committed to part-time and distance learning, and more generally to the agenda of widening access to higher education. The school has recently set up the Centre for Research in Management Learning, whose research activities includes leadership, gender and leadership, mentoring and HR practices.

Entry: For the MBS in HR Strategies, applicants must have at least three years’ experience in HR management, including employee relations, training and development etc, and must be in a position to undertake and implement project-based assignments within their work organisations. For the MSc in Work and and Organisational Psychology, the normal entry requirement for admission is a good honours degree in psychology, typically second class grade II or above. Work experience will be a factor in selecting applicants.

Star academics: Professor Kathy Monks, chair of the MBS in HR Strategies and director of the Centre for Management Learning and Development. Her research interests include HR management practices, management learning and development, professional careers, international HR management, organisational learning and HR strategies.

Dr Finian Buckley, chair of the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. His research interests include models of sense making in organisations, managers learning and organisational learning, psychological contracts and accommodating gender and diversity issues in organisational development.

Alumni: DCU has 25,000 alumni and an alumni magazine is produced bi-annually. It can be read on-line at http://alumni.dcu.ie

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