Our MSc Cyberpsychology degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop the relevant academic and professional skills to commence a successful career in cyberpsychology, the psychological study of the Internet and digital technologies. Experts in the areas of cyberpsychology, Internet and technology will deliver the course.
The course is designed for both psychology graduates and graduates of other related disciplines, for example media or IT. It may be of interest if you are seeking to pursue a career in cyberpsychology, either in any organisation that uses any form of cyberpsychology (i.e. has a web-presence) or in research or academia.
Students will gain invaluable first-hand practical experience through completion of eight weeks of work-based learning as a cyberpsychologist in a cyber-industry or other professional workplace. You will also benefit from careers advice and mentoring throughout the course.
This degree is available as both a full-time and a part-time option.
How you're taught
The blend of research and practical learning is reflected in the course team, which consists of professionals working in the area of cyberpsychology and academics who have considerable experience working in the field of cyberpsychology across the UK and other countries.
You'll be assigned a personal tutor who will provide pastoral and academic support throughout your studies. A tutorial group will be held on a bi-weekly basis, where you'll be given the opportunity to reflect on practice and experiences on the course, and to provide a place for interaction and exchange with your fellow students.
Delivery and assessment
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory or field work, and independent study. You'll also take part in group tutorials based on experiential learning strategies, where you'll be asked to think about your developing professional identity, course material and independent study, your personal experiences of the course, and ethical issues. You'll also make full use of the facilities provided by the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
During the course, you'll be assessed in a variety of ways: through practical and research reports, assessed essays, portfolios, examinations, oral presentations, and a research project.
A supportive and active research environment
Throughout the course you'll benefit from research-informed teaching. Find out more about our psychology research.
Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:
- 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.
- Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.
- 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014.
Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.
Careers and employability
The eight-week work-based learning opportunity within the Applied Psychology of Digital Technologies module will provide you with invaluable experience working as a cyberpsychologist in a cyber-industry or other professional workplace. You'll gain first-hand experience engaging with cyberactivities and will be able to apply relevant research and theory to your experiences. Examples of the type of company where you might work include: the gaming industry, online dating/social networking companies, a cybersecurity/filtering software company, academia, healthcare settings, research and education.
Your future career
Throughout the course, you'll receive one-to-one careers support and mentoring. The course team currently have links to various organisations such as Confetti Media Group, ICN, Holovis International, Fuzzy Frog, British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems, Redsock, Esendex, and Boom Online.
As a graduate of MSc Cyberpsychology you'll be able to critically appraise and apply key features of cyberpsychology research and practice. Awareness of your own experiences and characteristics will inform your knowledge and skills surrounding cyberpsychology science and practice, and your work-based learning experience in a cyberpsychology setting will be a foundation for the development of core employability skills, including team-working and effective communication.
As the MSc Cyberpsychology is highly multidisciplinary, it opens up a wide range of career options because it is applicable and relevant to any organisation with an online presence. Areas which graduates may work in could include:
- social networking
- online dating websites
- usability testing
- consulting media industries
- virtual reality
- mobile apps
- online design
- online marketing
- online retail
As a cyberpsychology student you'll benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an £80,000 EEG system as well as state-of-the-art cyberpsychology equipment.
These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.
You'll also have easy access to fantastic facilities at the City and Clifton campuses including:
- lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PCs and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- university cafes and restaurant
- our brand new School of Social Sciences reception (City Campus), providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.