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Cyberpsychology

Explore an ever-growing and complex field, and develop an in-depth understanding as to how humans interact with technology and the online environment.

Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It examines the online world and its impact on human behaviour. Cyberpsychology is an essential area of expertise for anyone who wishes to make the most of online technologies for commercial, educational, organisational or other reasons. Cyberpsychology also considers the impact of new technologies on users, from the latest mobile devices and gaming systems to consumer-oriented virtual reality equipment.

This course considers what motivates people in online settings including online shopping, dating and gaming. It examines why some people display problematic internet use; what motivates cybercriminals; how students can learn effectively online; and how organisations can best utilise the internet. This course is suitable for anyone who wonders what the psychological basis is for cyberbullying or why social networking sites and online media are so popular.

What modules will I study?
Classes are held over two academic years and involve learning and classes which can be a mix of lectures, videos, practical work and informal discussions around important topics in cyberpsychology. Students complete a research project during the second year, and are encouraged to present their work through conference papers and journal articles. There is also a series of study skills seminars including essay writing, referencing and researching.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.
• Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.
• Previous psychological study not essential.
• Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.
• Two references must also support your application.

Duration

2 years part-time.

When do classes take place?
Saturdays (10.30am – 4pm), except on Bank Holiday weekends, and Wednesdays (6 – 9pm).

Careers or further progression

Future careers
Graduates have gone on to work with social networking websites or as usability experts and online investigation specialists. Others have improved their performance in their current employment as journalists, marketing specialists, educators or IT professionals. Several graduates have continued to doctorate level studies in this field, and many have published book chapters and journal articles based on their research.

Further enquiries

Nicola Fox-Hamilton
Course Co-ordinator
Phone: +353 1 239 4724
Email: nicola.fox-hamilton@iadt.ie

Subjects taught

Modules are:
• Principles of Psychology Online
• Social Psychology of the Internet
• Computer Mediated Communication
• Critical Research: Foundations, Futures + Skills
• Consumer Cyberpsychology
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Psychology of Gaming + Multimedia Entertainment
• Psychology of Virtual Reality + Artificial Intelligence
• Thesis

Assessment method

Students are required to complete assignments during the year, but there are no end-of-year examinations.

Application date

Application Date: 5th May 2017, 4pm.
Second round 23 August 2017, 4pm where places are available.

Course fee

Fees €4,000 per annum [in 2016/2017]

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