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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    06 February 2018

Course content

We live in an age where there is an ever increasing reliance on technology. From online shopping and banking to maintaining family and friend networks, many of our daily behaviours now occur in the online world or are mediated by technology. As new and emerging technologies become ever more prevalent in society, it is important to understand the psychological and societal impact of using them.

Our MSc Cyberpsychology is offered as both a full-time time and part-time option. The course will be of particular interest to students who wish to develop psychological insights into human interactions with the Internet and digital technologies, to be able to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of real world contexts, for example education, cybersecurity, healthcare, online retail and in the gaming industry. 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 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.

Facilities

Students taking this course will use some of the latest technology to enhance their learning and build practical skills. Our newly constructed Cyberpsychology Research Lab provides access to brand new Virtual Reality equipment (including Oculus Rift), state of the art gaming computers and consoles and a host of other contemporary technologies which can be used by our students for their research projects. Students will also have access to our Social Psychology Suite, which can be used for any type of research which requires the discrete observation of participants. The suite includes a one-way observation mirror, viewing chamber, remotely-operated video cameras, plasma screens, plus digital sound reproduction and mixing capabilities.

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What happens on the course?

This course will cover both a theoretical base to understanding the psychological processes associated with engaging with emerging technology as well as the application of this knowledge to understanding diverse behaviours in numerous real world applications of technology. Topics covered on the course will include:

  • Cybercrime and deviance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Video gaming behaviour
  • Social media behaviour
  • Online consumer behaviour
  • Health applications of technology
  • Self and identity in cyberspace

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

Why Wolverhampton?

The programme is supported by one of the UK’s largest Cyberpsychology research groups (CRUW – http://www.wlv.ac.uk/cruw) which hosts a number of cyberpsychology conferences which our MSc students will be able to attend.

Our recent investment in our bespoke Cyberpsychology Research Lab means that our students will have access to some of the latest, state of the art technology. The course will be taught be experienced academic experts in Cyberpsychology who have amassed numerous publications in the field, including two of the core textbooks recommended for the course:

  • Applied Cyberpsychology: Practical applications of Cyberpsychological theory and research (editors: Alison Attrill-Smith & Chris Fullwood)
  • Cyberpsychology (editor: Alison Attrill-Smith)

What our students think

"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)

Career path

Given the ubiquity of the Internet, there are a wide array of career paths that would benefit from an understanding of human interaction with the online world and digital technologies. These include, but are not limited to, online investigation specialists, social media managers, cybersecurity experts, employment by social networking sites, online dating companies, games developers, as well as agencies involved in aiding both the young and old in their cognitive development and maintenance. Further, some individuals may wish to study the programme in order to improve their performance in their current career, for example in marketing, counselling, journalism, education or the IT sector.

The completion of this course will also be a stepping stone for any student who may wish to pursue a career as an academic specialising in the study of cyberpsychology.

What skills will you gain?

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.


Visit the Cyberpsychology - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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