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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).