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BSc (Hons) Cyberpsychology

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This course is subject to validation

It is difficult to overestimate the impact of modern technology on individuals and society as a whole. From social media and personal digital assistants, all the way to healthcare and education, new technologies have transformed the ways in which people interact with and make sense of the world. These changes are addressed by the new field of cyberpsychology.

This course offers all the benefits of a ‘traditional’ psychology degree, in that it allows students to develop their knowledge across all the key areas of psychology:

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Individual differences
  • Research methods

The course then allows you to take what you have learnt and apply it to the world of new technology. Thus, you might consider topics such as internet ‘addiction’, the role of social media in human interactions or the impact of ‘screen time’ on child development.

This course is currently seeking accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and covers the core content you need to apply for graduate membership.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C821

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Teaching expertise

Academic staff who combine an interest in cyberpsychology with a passion for teaching

Stepping stone for your career

An established and respected psychology degree combined with a focus on the application of the discipline to the ‘internet-age’

Part of a large community

You will join the large community of the School of Psychology which has a long history of work in cyberpsychology

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,320

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Our cyberpsychology degree will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of modern psychology. You will develop a good knowledge of the influences on and factors involved in human functioning in all the core areas of psychology, such as cognitive psychology, social psychology and individual differences. Furthermore, you'll learn about the reciprocal relationship between psychology and technology and how to apply psychological theories to investigate the impact of technology in our daily lives.

Key to many careers and employers - you will also develop thinking skills, including analysis and interpretation of evidence, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives and approaches. Furthermore, other skills for life and work including communication, computer literacy (word processing, statistical software), interpersonal and group skills, numeracy and statistical competence, self-knowledge and reflexivity, and planning and time-management.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Please note: Optional modules might not run every year, the course team will decide on an annual basis which options will be running, based on student demand and academic factors, in order to create the best learning experience.

Additional detail about the course module structure:

A core module for a course is a module which a student must have passed (i.e. been awarded credit) in order to achieve the relevant named award. An optional module for a course is a module selected from a range of modules available on the course.

  • Thinking Like a Psychologist (Core)
  • Introduction to Biological and Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Core) 
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core)
  • Psychology in Applied Contexts (Core)
  • Researching with Small Samples (Core) 
  • Researching with Large Samples (Optional)
  • Individual Differences and Diversity (Core)
  • Psychological Research Methods (Core) 
  • Topics in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology (Core) 
  • Applications of Psychobiological and Social Psychology (Core) 
  • Work-Based Learning in Psychology (Core) 
  • Research Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience (Option) 
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (Option) 
  • Psychology, Identity and Society (Option) 
  • Developmental Difficulties and Differences (Option) 
  • Cyberpsychology (Core) 
  • Psychology and Social Engagement (Core)
  • Psychology Research Project (Cyberpsychology) (Core)
  • Cyberpsychology and Society (Core) 
In addition to the core modules, students must select two of the optional modules on this list.
  • Advanced Forensic Psychology (Optional)
  • Health Psychology (Optional) 
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (Optional)
  • Psychology of Choice (Optional)
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology (Optional) 
  • Psychology of Belief (Optional) 
  • Psychology of Emotion (Optional) 
  • Occupational Psychology (Optional) 
  • Counselling Psychology (Optional)
  • The Psychology of Mental Health (Optional)
  • Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (Optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams (no exams in first year). Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations, blogs/online portfolios and a final-year project.

The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework.

How you'll learn

You will be taught by our internationally renowned expert academics will guide employ the most up to date and advanced learning techniques to ensure that you get a broad understanding of psychology through your degree.

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal Academic Advisor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

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Who will teach on this course

Dr Paul Penn

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.


Your future career

The fantastic thing about a psychology degree is that as well as go into professional psychology - the skills and knowledge it gives you means you can work practically anywhere.

Our degree and teaching will give you the skills and experience in data management, data analysis, report writing, and critical and creative thinking. These are all skills that are now in the top ten of modern employers' requirements for graduates - so the fact you will have these skills and experience means you're a step ahead and well placed for graduate employment. Furthermore, employers value psychology students because they believe they have a better understanding of human behaviour - your understanding of how people work will be a real selling point, especially later on down the line when you apply for managerial jobs.

Many of our graduates now work in social welfare, sport and leisure, education, human resource management, consumer research and advertising, marketing, media, market research and community work.

However if you choose to pursue a career in psychology, our degree provides a fantastic platform for you to continue onto postgraduate studies, so that you can specialise in an area of psychology, such as clinical, counselling, occupational and community psychology. You can study all of these degrees in-house, as we offer Masters level and Doctorate level courses, which are BPS-accredited, so you can effectively train to be a professional psychologist without ever leaving us. From there, the career paths can lead to incredibly rewarding, satisfying and high-paying jobs in the public and private sector.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

 

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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