Institute of Human Sciences


MSc Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences

Why choose this course?

On our MSc in Cyberpsychology, you will learn about how the Internet and digital technologies affect our behavior, attitudes and the societal impacts of living in a digital age.

You will gain the vital skills and knowledge necessary to be able to work in a variety of sectors that benefit from understanding the psychological impacts of living in a digitally connected world.

This masters course will be of particular interest to students who wish to develop psychological insights into human interactions with the Internet and digital technologies, and to learn to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of sectors. For example, in understanding what makes apps/webpages more user-friendly and accessible, and evaluating the psychological factors pertaining to online criminal behaviour. The course is open to Psychology graduates as well as graduates from other cognate science disciplines (e.g. media studies, computer science), providing the foundations required to pursue a career in the developing field of cyberpsychology. The course will also be of value to anyone wishing to extend and develop their skillset in their current job and will be relevant to anyone who works within an organisation with an online presence or where understanding human interaction with different emerging technologies would be beneficial. 

What happens on the course?

The course covers the cyber-psychological theory behind engagement with emerging technologies, as well as the application of this knowledge to understanding diverse behaviours in real world situations, in cyberspace and beyond. Although we do not offer placements as a formal part of the course, we have numerous existing connections with cyber-based companies (e.g. video-gaming, law enforcement, virtual reality etc.) and we are able to help support students to find work experience should they be interested.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • Cyber crime and deviance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Virtual reality
  • Video gaming behaviour
  • Social media behaviour
  • Health applications of technology
  • Self and identity in cyberspace
  • Usability and human factors

There is also be a strong emphasis of the course on online research methods and the ethics and challenges involved in collecting data online.  Teaching on the programme is research-informed, with the core modules managed and run by research active experts in cyberpsychology. Teaching and learning methods varies, and includes lectures, group debates on contemporary issues in cyberpsychology, webinars, seminars, podcasts and interactive workshops to support learning with practical experience of using the latest technology.

The course begins with a week-long welcome week, in which you will meet members of your cohort and staff members in an informal setting. We also introduce you to key skills in preparation for the course. After induction, teaching is typically timetabled across two days of on-campus scheduled sessions, supplemented by approx. 1-2 days’ additional independent study per week.

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Our Facilities 

Our MSc students have priority access to the newly expanded cyberpsychology research lab, which supports teaching and may be used for original research projects, allowing students to collect high-quality data. Current kit includes: top of the range gaming computers and laptops, a driving simulator, games consoles and peripherals, virtual reality (e.g. Oculus Rift and Vive), eye-tracking and psychophysiological equipment, specialist software (Gorilla, Observer XT, Qualtrics), smartphones, IPads and a variety of other contemporary technologies. Students can also access all of the facilities in our new Centre for Psychological Research, including interview rooms, cognitive experiment software (e.g. SuperLab), and an observation suite with a two-way mirror.


A growing array of career paths benefit from an understanding of human interaction with the online world and digital technologies; for example, in roles spanning human factors and usability, testing, development and research (e.g., gaming, online consumer behaviour, healthcare technologies), academia, digital marketing, and defence and security analysis. Our graduates develop skills and knowledge applicable to a wide variety of sectors, including, but not limited to: online dating, video-gaming, social media and virtual reality. Some students embark on the course to enhance their performance in their current career, for example in advertising, journalism, education or the IT sector. The course is well suited to anyone wishing to pursue a career where understanding how humans interact with technology or how technology affects behaviour is vital.

"As a specialist Virtual Reality (VR) training developer we have had Cyberpsychology students working with us on a number of projects. Their unique combination of psychology knowledge and how new technology is shaping the application of this in new ways has meant they have been able to make a meaningful impact in our organisation. Students have worked on projects across Europe and the UK ranging from VR team building through to the design and development of VR learning materials for business critical applications".

Mark Whittle
Business Psychologist at Virtual Reality Experiences Ltd, London

The course will enhance employment prospects for those seeking employment post completion, and support those already employed to develop their professional skills in a number of ways. First, the course will offer domain specific skills, for example, online data collection methods, specialist quantitative and qualitative research methods and understanding online behaviour in various applied contexts. Second, students will develop domain general skills, for example analytical and critical thinking, report writing, oral presentation skills, academic writing, data collection and data analysis and interpretation.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £7650 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £7800 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • 2:1 or higher in a Psychology or relevant cognate science degree (e.g. computer science, information science)
  • Applicants who do not hold a BPS accredited Psychology degree at 2:1 or higher will be required to attend an interview to ascertain suitability for the course’
  • SKYPE interviews are available
  • If English is not your first language an English Language Qualification - IELTS level score of 6.5 or above/equivalence will be required.

"Cyberpsychology is a continually evolving discipline. When you think your studies just can’t get any more interesting, you stumble upon a new area of Cyberpsychology which Is just as interesting, if not more. Along with being completely immersed within your studies, you find yourself utterly surprised by the skills you obtain within yourself, as you are constantly developing as an academic alongside academics who are just as enthusiastic as yourself." (Samantha Burns, MSc Cyberpsychology, 2017-2018)

During my time studying on the Msc Cyberpsychology course, I was successful in securing an internship withsecuring an internship with the Regional Cyber Crime Unit for West Midlands Police. In my current role, I work both alongside the RCCU as a Business Support Assistant and the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre as their client relationship manager, in which I work to help support and protect businesses in the region against cybercrime. Personally, the best part of my time on the MSc Cyberpsychology course was the massive amounts of support I received from my tutors, particularly Joanne Lloyd, Chris Fullwood and Joanne Meredith. There’s no denying that a master’s degree is challenging, but the tutors on the course really are with you every step of the way and give plenty of feedback to your progress. This I believe, alongside the interesting and engaging content that the course provides, allowed me to reach my full potential and secure a job in an area that I’m passionate about. I hope to return to the University of Wolverhampton next year to begin my PhD journey.                      (Megan Gallagher)



Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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