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Institute of Human Sciences

Cyberpsychology

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

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • 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 psychological theory behind engagement with emerging technologies, as well as the application of this knowledge to understanding diverse behaviours in real world situations. Although we do not offer placements as a formal part of the course, we have numerous existing connections with 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:

  • Cybercrime 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.

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.

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 £6250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £7650 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years 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)

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. 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.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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 at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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