Institute of Human Sciences

Cyberpsychology

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

Cyberpsychology examines the relationship between humans and technology.

Cyberpsychology examines the relationship between humans and technology.

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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?

Cyberpsychology examines the relationship between humans and technology. Psychologists working in this field aim to develop scientific understanding of the complex interactions between our lives, our behaviours, and our psychological experience in both digital and technological contexts. 

Researching a wide variety of areas in technology, social media, gaming, virtual reality, human psychology, and ethics, psychologists in this field work to uncover new understandings of human-computer interactions. On our MSc Cyberpsychology, you will learn how the Internet and digital technologies affect behaviour, 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 Master’s 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: students will take a critical approach to key technological debates underlying the sector, 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. 

Teaching on this course is informed by leading-edge research, and offers opportunities toward joining the field as a critical thinking leader. 

Our programme is designed for both psychology graduates and graduates of related disciplines, such as those seeking a career change from IT or media.  The programme will help you pursue a career in cyberpsychology, contributing expertise to any organisation that uses digital technologies or as an academic researcher in the field. 

Foundations

The programme provides the foundations for a career in psychology as a researcher by enabling you to build a solid framework upon which to launch your career. You will develop knowledge of the key models, principles, and research practices in cyberpsychology, and explore the many ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues arising from the growth in technology in society. 

Learning

You will learn from experienced applied psychologists, with innovative and inspiring learning methods to enable you to enhance your skills and grow as a researcher. Teaching is delivered in a supportive and friendly environment, where staff help you direct your learning toward your areas of interest. Staff are active researchers, with expertise in technology, online communication, cyber bullying, crime, and how technology affects our daily lives. 

Our team 

Our team are especially proud to be members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Cyberpsychology Section, and contribute to the ongoing developments in this exciting field. 

Within the School we are a diverse group of people welcoming those of any ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation to join our community and contribute to the profession of Psychology.  Our team are members of professional bodies – including Advance HE, the British Psychological Society (BPS) as chartered psychologists, and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in Psychology, including cyber, occupational, counselling, and clinical psychology. Find out more about our staff.

Join us at the next Postgraduate Open Evening and meet some of our team.

Our place

The course is part of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Health, and Wellbeing.  The School of Psychology is the professional home to over 50 teaching and research staff, bringing a broad range of interests and experience to benefit students learning on our portfolio of courses. Our School is recognised as one of the leading providers of Psychology education, using innovative teaching methods focusing on the application of scientific and theoretical principles to the study of people’s lives. Psychology staff are grouped into a variety of highly active research clusters through our Centre for Psychological Research, publishing in the latest academic journals and working to make a real-world impact on people’s lives. 

We provide multiple opportunities to enhance your career and create networks inside and outside of the department: including volunteering networks, peer mentoring, and the opportunity to become a research assistant for our academic staff using the Research Opportunities Network.

On campus

The course is based at our City Centre campus in the Millennium City building, where you can learn a multidisciplinary environment alongside our colleagues in nursing and social care. The building offers a unique learning space in our psychology labs, simulated environments for creative research projects, and our cyberpsychology lab with the latest in virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment.

Training support

We offer many levels of support, such as academic, research, and cohort tutors who provide personal support and professional mentoring in relation to many aspects of the training. While in training you will have access to our professional practice resources, teaching materials, CPD activities and regular tutorials with members of the team. We also support graduates as they enter the workplace, as alumni and members of the professional community. We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern teaching and learning practices. 

Join the CRUW

As a cyberpsychology student you automatically join the Cyberpsychology Research at the University of Wolverhampton (CRUW) research cluster, and have the opportunity to work closely with research supervisors on areas of interest to you. CRUW provides a framework within with the department’s research contributions to Cyberpsychology are brought to life through a forum in which collaborative discussion and research planning can take place in a supportive way. 

Our team has published widely in this field, and in doing so generated research tools which have made major contributions to research in the field. Our freely available tools include:

  • Social Media Motivations Scale (SMMS)
  • Blogging Motivations Questionnaire (BMQ)
  • Presentation of Online Self Scale (POSS)
  • Propensity for Online Community Contribution Scale (POCCS).

What happens on the course?

Our programme begins with an intensive welcome-week study package, designed to facilitate your transition to postgraduate study. It includes group contracting, forming your peer relationships, expectations of trainees & staff, roles in the training process, library & literature searching skills, project management, and resilience building. 

Course content

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.  

We offer networking opportunities with several of our consulting partners, many of whom are cyber-based companies (e.g. video-gaming, law enforcement, virtual reality) and we support students to find work experience aligning with their special interests. 

Topics covered on the course include:

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

As a school our programmes are directed toward creating critical thinkers, leaders, and innovators who make real contributions to any role in which they work. Our courses are integrative and inclusive, where we focus on teaching and assessment using multiple techniques enabled by digital technologies. A variety of teaching methods enables us to develop self-directed learners, who are adaptable and well-prepared for the modern workforce. We provide a supportive learning environment for people with creative minds, who like to ask challenging questions and find out what is behind what they see in front of them. 

Training

You will experience a variety of high-quality learning experiences, such as lectures, seminars, blended learning, online materials, group tutorials, and practical workshops. Assignments are supported with formative learning activities such as essays, research proposals, debates, presentations, quizzes, and online discussions. As you make progress you develop transferrable skills in writing, analysis, research, problem-solving, and reporting. You grow as an independent psychological researcher, skilled in complex problem-solving. Teaching develops knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of applied psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.

All our courses actively embed employability initiatives into every aspect of the course, ensuring you are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Graduates finish with a range of marketable skills in problem solving, data analysis, communication, and information synthesis, and are well placed to take on further study or a career role. Research is also embedded throughout the programme, enabling you to see the links between research and the real-world.

The MSc Cyberpsychology prepares you to take your career further toward consultancy or academic research, and contribute to an employer with skills relevant to the changing online world. 

You will also have the opportunity to network with industry contacts and guest speakers.  We regularly involve external partners in our research and consultancy projects, and invite trainees to join those projects as part of the learning experience. 

Structure:

  • Welcome week: Includes an intensive week of teaching and group-based activities to develop your group contract, and prepare for university life at postgraduate level.
  • Semester 1: Begin developing your foundations in research methods, and develop your research interests. Learn about the foundations of cyberpsychology, cybercrime, virtual reality, and build a working knowledge of the field as it stands. 
  • Semester 2: Launch your MSc research project, collecting and analysing data. Focus your learning on the applied aspects of cyberpsychology, and develop your own research methodology to examine a current research issue.
  • Summer term: You will attend the Student Annual Research Conference, hosted by the School of Psychology, and have the opportunity to present your research.
  • Part-time flexible study options: If you choose to study part-time, there are several routes through the programme designed to facilitate other home or work commitments. A pre-study meeting with one of the programme team can help you plan your study route so you can ensure success in your personal circumstances.

Unique features

Our programme includes a range of additional training packages, funded as part of course fees. 

  • Attendance at the Annual School of Psychology Research Conference
  • Access to a range of support and training resources in addition to our programme content

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Cyberpsychology is a new and exciting branch of psychological science, and has a growing research community developing the field. Career routes in this field are primarily research-based, where you advance understanding through conducting academic research. 

This programme forms a solid foundation in research skills, providing an ideal foundation toward PhD study. 

Staff and graduates contribute through university lecturing and research posts, and join the growing list of research centres linked to the community via the BPS Cyberpsychology section

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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 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.

Employability 

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

Our mission

  • Staff expertise: You will be learning from experienced practitioners in forensics, counselling, and clinical psychology, as well as published experts in the fields of cyber, health, occupational, and cognitive psychology. We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern learning practices. Find out more about our staff here.
  • Career: Gain a professional focus and applied experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to take the further steps in your career. Our programme makes a significant positive impact on your career trajectory.
  • International focus: University of Wolverhampton is a diverse community of people, with staff and students from 120 different countries. In an ever-increasingly global world, graduates are required to navigate complex information systems and provide creative solutions to issues that affect people internationally. Our curriculum includes development of skills of value in an increasingly international workplace.
  • Student support and mentoring: Student support is at the heart of our approach. Receive support from personal tutors who are expert in applied and theoretical psychology, and keen to support your learning. Mentoring throughout your studies with your personal tutor contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular progress reviews and careers advice.  
  • Research projects: All students are encouraged to explore research projects with real-world application and unique project design, presenting the opportunity to make a real-world change.
  • Research community: You become part of an active and supportive research community. Opportunities for participant recruitment are fostered through our participant system, enabling you to take part in studies as a participant in your first year and gaining access as a researcher in your final year.
  • Applied and authentic assessment: All of our assessments focus on the practical elements of the course, providing a flavour of the real-world work of a practising psychologist.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: Learn in our dedicated research and computer labs with over 50 networked computers, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video analysis equipment. Our cyberpsychology research laboratory is stocked with the latest in virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment. 
  • Psychological test library: Gain access to the latest psychometric tools for your research with our comprehensive test library.
  • Specialist software: Our software library provides all of the latest data collection and analysis programmes, so you have the tools you need to succeed. Psychology-specific software such as SPSS, NVIVO, Qualitrics, Microsoft Office 365, are included as part of course fees.
  • Books, journal subscriptions and skills for learning: We have an extensive online journal library, with latest research in each specialist area. Our library team provides training in how to get the best out of our online journal provision, and are on hand to help you navigate your way through the extensive library. We also have core text books available in full text online, supporting you no matter where you study.

Completing he course will enhance employment prospects 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, including analytical and critical thinking, report writing, oral presentation skills, academic writing, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation.

You will gain knowledge and job-relevant skills as you explore areas, such as:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field of work and employment.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BPS Ethical Framework, as well as a critical understanding of its applications in resolving associated ethics dilemmas in practice.

Our aims are to:

  • Develop the profession of Cyberpsychology by producing graduates who are skilled in the principals of assessment, intervention planning, and evaluation.
  • Provide a grounding in the foundations of business and work psychology, ensuring graduates are able to
  • Instil core competencies in reflective practice, assessment, research, and evidence-based practice.
  • Offer in-depth understanding of theoretical models of practice relevant to professional practice in the public and private sectors.
  • Enable an appreciation for and commitment towards ethics in practice and research.
  • Provide opportunities to develop competence in systemic practice and organisational working to include involvement with audit, service evaluation, consultation, teaching and leadership.
  • Support anti-discriminatory practice attending critically to wider social, cultural and political contexts.

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on preparing you with a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, and effective communication.

  1. Writing: Every piece of work you submit receives feedback and advice to help develop your skills as a writer. Our aim is to support you in expressing your ideas clearly, concisely, and with impact.
  2. Critical thinking and reasoning: Analysis of research, assumptions, methods, ethics, and how research is applied is a key part of psychology. You must consider each source that you use, and reference your work. Critical thinking skills enable graduates to navigate the increasingly complex modern world, and understand what is beneath the surface of any current issue. 
  3. Communication: Learning to communicate is key to a successful career. Throughout your programme you will develop skills to improve your presentation abilities, and articulate an argument to have meaningful impact.
  4. Problem Solving: The ability to provide solutions based on logical analysis of a problem is a skill many employers desire, as it requires you to think outside-the-box and understand the underlying factors at play. These skills are developed purposefully as part of a degree in psychology, and help students achieve autonomy throughout their studies.
  5. Research and analysis: A key part of many careers is the skill with which information can be gathered, organised, understood, and analysed for useful conclusions. A degree in Psychology promotes these skills from the start.
  6. Teamwork: Working collaboratively with others on tasks, building positive relationships in the workplace, and maintaining connections over time are valuable skills for any graduate. Studying with us presents opportunities to build these skills, and learn how to productively work with a variety of different people and personalities.

Location Mode Fee Year
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 £13950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23

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 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 gov.uk.

* 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.


Self-funded:

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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