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What will I learn?

Course Info

This postgraduate research degree is offered by the Cyber and Interpersonal Behaviour Research (CIBR) hub at the University of Buckingham. The main focus of this research hub is the exploration of human behaviour, emotions and experiences in relation to technology and the impact of technology on individuals both online and offline. We are engaged in a number of external collaborative projects with colleagues at other universities, organisations and schools. Key topic areas we explore include:

  • Cyberbullying, cyberaggression and other online risks
  • Parental and school mediation strategies in relation to online safety
  • Motivations and social effects of gaming
  • Media consumption and influence on attitudes and beliefs
  • Individual differences in online expression and self-presentation
  • Bystander behaviour, prosocial behaviour and social identities
  • Social media: motivations and its effect on people’s attitudes and well-being.

This programme leads to the award of an MSc (Research) in the area of Cyberpsychology. In addition to completing a 25,000 word thesis within a topic area relevant to Cyberpsychology, you will gain wide knowledge of the broader field through guided self-study topic areas and research skills workshops. This will mean that you develop an in-depth knowledge of the area, which is informed by current issues and advanced research.

As a result of your studies, you will develop a strong knowledge base and core transferable skills which will enable you to become an independent researcher in your field, and will provide you with a solid foundation for further study and/or employment.

You will complete your MSc studies in 12 months (full-time; 24 months part-time), and we will support you to achieve timely completion by setting out key progression milestones such as submission of the research proposal, comprehensive literature search, completion of self-study topics, ethics application etc. Full milestone details will be sent to you when we invite you for interview.

Which department am I in?

Psychology and Wellbeing

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,283.00 (US$ 14,393) per year
The same fee is applicable for Jan 23.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

18 January 2023

Venue

University of Buckingham

Hunter Street,

Buckingham,

Buckinghamshire,

MK18 1EG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

In order to study at postgraduate level (Master’s degree), you will generally need to have attained: A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (the level will differ for each school of study). A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution equivalent to a British Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, with a minimum of a 2:2 (the level will differ for each school of study). IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).

For international students

Students must have a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate Psychology degree, or a closely related degree with a solid understanding of psychology research methods and statistics.Students need to have IELTS score with Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component); TOEFL 87 (minimum component scores of Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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