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The University of Wolverhampton

MScCyberpsychology

Why choose this course?

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.

Part time students will only be required to attend classes on Tuesdays during the first year of study and on Wednesdays during the second year. Full time students are expected to attend classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays across both semesters of the programme. In addition to class attendance, students will be required to engage in self-directed learning and to participate in online discussions via our Virtual Learning Environment.

The course structure for full time students is as follows:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Contemporary Issues in Cyberpsychology (7PS020)

Psychology of Cybercrime (7PS017)

Psychology of Everyday Technology (7PS019)

Applied Cyberpsychology (7PS018)

Conducting and interpreting research (7PS003)

Conducting and interpreting research (7PS003)

Research project (7PS013)

Research project (7PS013)

The course structure for part time students is as follows:

Part Time Year 1:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Psychology of Everyday Technology (7PS019)

Applied Cyberpsychology (7PS018)

Conducting and Interpreting research (7PS003)

Conducting and interpreting research (7PS003)

Part Time Year 2:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Contemporary Issues in Cyberpsychology (7PS020)

Psychology of Cybercrime (7PS017)

Research Project (7PS013)

Research Project (7PS013)

Who will be teaching me?

Core staff

Dr Chris Fullwood (Programme coordinator)

Dr Alison Attrill-Smith

Dr Lisa Orchard

Dr Joanne Lloyd

Associated staff

Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson

Dr Darren Chadwick

Dr Tracey Platt

Why Wolverhampton?

The programme is supported by one of the UK’s largest Cyberpsychology research groups (CRUW – 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.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,250 £13,000
Part time £3,125

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.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 (http://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 (http://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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