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MSc

Cyberpsychology

MSc Cyberpsychology
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)

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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.

What you'll study

This course will provide you with the foundations for the next stage of your academic and professional development, and a solid framework for a professional career in cyberpsychology or allied professions.

You’ll develop your knowledge of cyberpsychology theory and practice, and explore the ethical, cultural, political and legal issues arising in cyberpsychological practice and research. You’ll also be able to gain valuable real-life experience as a cyberpsychology practitioner through a work-based learning opportunity, and will complete a research project on a cyberpsychology theme of your choice.

  • Course modules

    Core modules

    Applied Psychology of Digital Technologies

    This module runs across Terms One, Two, and Three. Terms One and Two include taught elements, which may cover topics such as:

    • new technologies
    • digital technologies in education and mental health and well-being
    • online research methods.

    Tutorials will support you in coursework preparation, as well as preparing you for the work-based learning opportunity in Term Three and your individual work-based learning report.

    Whether you wish to proceed directly into employment, further study or research, this module is designed to increase your employability and benefit your future choices. The eight-week work-based learning opportunity within a cyberpsychology-relevant organisation will give you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life cyberpsychology practice and contribute to the everyday professional work in these organisations.

    Psychology of Cyberspace and Online Behaviours

    You’ll explore various aspects of cyberspaces (both online and digital technology environments) and the behaviours mediated by technology. There may also be specialist lectures and seminar sessions delivered by experts in their fields, including online and video gaming, cyberspace, cybersecurity, and online relationships.

    Computer Forensics

    This module is taught at our Clifton Campus alongside MSc IT Security students. It highlights the breadth of cyberpsychology by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to online behaviours. You’ll gain a critical appreciation of both the theoretical and practical issues in the field of computer forensics, consolidate your knowledge of various computing systems and understand their importance to computer forensics investigations, and develop the necessary skills, methodologies, and processes to conduct an initial computer forensics investigation within an organisation.

    Module content may include:

    • computer crime and the role of computer forensics in law enforcement and the organisation
    • investigation processes and procedures
    • the computer forensics environment
    • hard drives and storage media
    • operating systems, e.g. Windows and Linux
    • computer forensics tools and techniques
    • file system and deleted data analysis
    • investigating electronic files and meta-data
    • network forensics.

    Professional Skills

    This module aims to equip you with the ability to plan, carry out and evaluate professional skills in a psychological setting. You’ll be introduced to a range of key professional skills necessary for the pursuit of an academic or professional career in psychology or related disciplines.

    Research Project

    You’ll explore and critically examine a psychological research question of your choice in the area of cyberpsychology. The research may be an empirical project, or could take the form of a non-empirical dissertation. In both cases, regular supervision will be provided to guide you in the planning, preparation, conduction, and write up of the research.

    Optional research modules

    You’ll choose one* from a selection of five existing postgraduate Psychology research methods modules:

    Research Skills

    This module introduces a range of key research and research dissemination skills necessary for the pursuit of an academic or professional career in psychology (or related disciplines). It aims to ensure that you are capable of planning, carrying out and seeking funding for ethically sound, independent research projects in a psychological setting, and that you are able to present your research results in a variety of media for both professional and non-professional audiences.

    Advanced Experimentation and Statistics One

    You’ll examine the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of statistics used in experimental research, for example statistical inference, power, and effect size. This typically draws on a regression / GLM approach to statistics, focusing on the relationship between multiple linear regression, ANOVA and ANCOVA.

    Psychometrics One: Developing Psychometric Scales in Research and Practice

    This module will provide you with a basic knowledge of psychometric theory and how it can be applied to the different stages of test development. It will demonstrate the process of test development through practical application of theory, and you'll work in a group to produce your own psychometric scale.

    Qualitative Research Design and Analysis One

    Concerned with the subjective world, this module focuses on finding out not just what people think, but why they think it, and investigating human experience in order to understand peoples’ opinions, motivations, and feelings. You’ll gain a comprehensive philosophical and methodological grounding in qualitative research in order to draw out understandings and perceptions, explore the complex nature of settings and culture, and appreciate the links between process and outcome.

    Observational Methods

    You’ll work with other students on a collective observational analysis of video-taped material, in order to develop your knowledge and practical skills in the area of observational research methods.

    * The number of places available on some optional modules may be limited. These will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are unable to select their first choice will be offered an alternative from the remaining optional modules.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Develop your knowledge of cyberpsychology theory and practice, explore the ethical, cultural, political and legal issues arising in cyberpsychological practice and research, and gain valuable real-life experience as a cyberpsychology practitioner through a work-based learning opportunity.

How you’re taught

The MSc Cyberpsychology starts in late September/early October. A dedicated induction day is provided for all students which introduces you to your course, to your teaching teams and to the university facilities. The day ends with an informal social event.

The course is completed in one year of full-time study (your final piece of coursework is submitted in late August) or two years part-time. The teaching terms run from late September to Christmas and then from January to Easter. Part-time students attend for two of the three days only.

Study and support

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.

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).

Assessment methods

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.

An active research environment

Throughout the course you'll benefit from research-informed teaching. Find out more about our psychology research.

World-leading 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:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
  • 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.

Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

The course team consists of experts in the area of Cyberpsychology, Internet and technology use, professionals and academics working in the area of cyberpsychology, who currently have links to organisations including the National Video Game Arcade, Confetti Media Group, ICN, Holovis International, Fuzzy Frog, British Aerospace, and Esendex.

Careers and employability

Work-based learning

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:

  • gaming
  • social networking
  • online dating websites
  • usability testing
  • consulting media industries
  • cybersecurity
  • virtual reality
  • mobile apps
  • online design
  • online marketing
  • online retail
  • journalism
  • research
  • education
  • healthcare.

Please note that for some careers, further study and / or a BPS-accredited conversion course conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership may be required.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

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.

You'll benefit from our dedicated learning environment, including specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an £80,000 EEG system as well as state-of-the-art cyberpsychology equipment.

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You'll need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology (or a related subject) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Related subjects include Media Studies, Media Culture, Communication Studies, Journalism, Psychology, Health Sciences, Psychopathology, Mental Health, Information Technology, Security, Sociology, and Research Methods.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their personal statement.

Other requirements

Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Cyberpsychology. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the discipline and profession of psychology. Appropriate theoretical knowledge, work experience or an interest in working in the area of cyberpsychology will be considered advantageous, alongside personal attributes, such as interest in technology and good communication skills, which are essential for a career in cyberpsychology.

Applicants who are successful following assessment of their application form by the course team will be invited to a face-to-face interview with members of the course team. This may involve completion of psychometric tests, a problem-based task, and/or group work.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You'll need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology (or a related subject) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Related subjects include Media Studies, Media Culture, Communication Studies, Journalism, Psychology, Health Sciences, Psychopathology, Mental Health, Information Technology, Security, Sociology, and Research Methods.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their personal statement.

Other requirements

Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Cyberpsychology. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the discipline and profession of cyberpsychology. Appropriate theoretical knowledge, work experience or an interest in working in the area of cyberpsychology will be considered advantageous, alongside personal attributes, such as interest in technology and good communication skills, which are essential for a career in cyberpsychology.

Applicants who are successful, following assessment of their application form by the course team, will be invited to an interview with members of the course team. This may involve completion of psychometric tests, a problem-based task, and / or group work.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

How to apply

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

The course starts in late September/early October 2018, so in order to receive enrolment materials in good time, we advise that applications are submitted before the end of July 2018. Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications. All applicants will need to apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

If you're applying without prior qualifications, you'll need to submit comprehensive details of your achievements with evidence to substantiate your claim (any documentation can be uploaded to the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal). This type of application will be considered with respect to the University’s provision for ‘accreditation for prior experiential learning’. Decisions regarding the accreditation of prior learning are a matter of academic judgement.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau check

Many students choose to collect research data in the UK as part of their projects. You may be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check depending on your project topic.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Open days

The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau check

Many students from overseas choose to collect research data in the UK as part of their projects. DBS checks only cover students from the UK, so unless you have been resident in the UK for five years or more, we will need a criminal record check from your home country if you plan to work with vulnerable populations. Checks from overseas can sometimes be referred to by a variety of names such as a Police Check or a Good Behaviour Record. To find out what it is called in your home country and how to apply for one, please visit the government website.

If you are an overseas student and are planning to collect data for your research project from vulnerable populations in your home country, you are advised to apply for a home police check to support your research. You will need to demonstrate in your ethics form that you have met all the requirements of your home country to work with vulnerable populations.

If you are unable to obtain a home Police Check and still wish to work with vulnerable populations in your home country, discuss this with your Course Leader in the first instance. It will need to be made clear in your written correspondence with any participants / organisations that the University has been unable to engage with any disclosure and barring service checks prior to you undertaking your research.

Once you have obtained your police check, a copy of the documentation (in English) should be passed to the relevant course administrator in the School of Social Sciences Office.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time£6,900£13,250
Part-time (cost per year of study)£3,450 (per year*)£6,625 (per year*)

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time£6,900£13,250
Part-time (cost per year of study)£3,450 (per year*)£6,625 (per year*)

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460