MSc in Cyberpsychology

The School of Creative Technologies, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology recently developed an MSc in Cyberpsychology, which enrolled its first cohort in September 2007. This is a 2-year, part-time programme which aims to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with technology and in online environments. The programme is accredited by the Irish Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC).

The development of this MSc required consideration and evaluation of previous and current research foci in the fields of cyberpsychology and online research methods, along with the application of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies for this subject matter.

The MSc in Cyberpsychology emphasises the study of human interactions with the internet, mobile computing, mobile phones, PDAs, games consoles, virtual environments, digital media, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and any other technology which has demonstrated an ability to alter human behaviour. It also considers how humans interact with each other in these environments, and considers the impact of evolving trends, such as technological convergence, on individuals. The MSc in Cyberpsychology has been designed for 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 or who are trying to integrate ICT into employment or education.

Subjects covered in the programme include Social Psychology of the Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet Research Methods, Human-Computer Interaction, Consumer Cyberpsychology, Applied Cyberpsychology and the Psychology of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Students will also be required to complete a research project in their second year.

The sixteen students on the MSc in Cyberpsychology come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including psychology graduates, e-Learning specialists, IT managers, journalists, educators and library staff. Most have been drawn to the programme in order to formalise their experience into a recognised qualification and to improve their skills in their current employment, although other students foresee the MSc as enabling a variety of potential career paths.

For further information please see:
http://www.iadt.ie/en/ProspectiveStudents/SchoolsCourses/
SchoolofCreativeTechnologies/CyberpsychologyMSc/ or contact Dr Grainne Kirwan at grainne.kirwan@iadt.ie.

Story submitted by:

Dr. Gráinne Kirwan

21 November 2007