About M.Sc. in Cyberpsychology

What is Cyberpsychology?

Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It encompasses all psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by emerging technology. This MSc studies human interactions with other emerging technologies, including the internet, mobile computing, mobile phones, games consoles, virtual reality, digital media and any other technology, which has demonstrated an ability to alter human behaviours. It considers the impact of evolving trends, such as technological convergence, on individuals.

Cyberpsychology also examines human interactions with less ubiquitous technologies, such as cyborgs and artificial intelligence. The programme aims to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with technology and in online environments.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to:

identify key psychological concepts relevant to the virtual world
research how people use current technologies analyse changing patterns of technology use predict emerging and future trends in technology use advise on the use of current technologies apply appropriate psychological research methods to the Internet complete a piece of research in Cyberpsychology work within an online community reflect on the impact of the cyberworld on human life.

Aims and Objectives

What will I be able to do when I graduate?

The knowledge and skills you have acquired will be invaluable in a wide range of careers and activities, and so can be applied to virtually any endeavour related to technology.

This MSc will be highly relevant to individuals:

whose employer/organisation has an online presence
who are trying to harness the potential of ICT to assess/help individuals and groups
who work with young people and technology
who work in care organisations developing an online presence
who are trying to integrate ICT into employment or education.

What Subjects Will I Study?

Year 1 Social Psychology of the Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet Research Methods, Human-Computer Interaction, Consumer Cyberpsychology.
Year 2 Research Project, Applied Cyberpsychology and the Psychology of Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree Level
In exceptional cases, applicants will be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process
Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.

What is the closing date?

Applications must be made directly to the Admissions Office in IADT.

1st round of applications: 7th May 2010.

2nd round of applications (if places available): 20th August 2010

Contact our Admissions Office on admissions@iadt.ie / (01) 239 4621


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