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Location: Main Site
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2019/09/25
Duration: 12 months
Intl fees: £13950
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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 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.
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You 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. We anticipate that most students would join us on campus here at Buckingham; however, it may be possible to undertake the MSc as a distance learner assuming all skills workshop and milestone components of the MSc are completed.
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There is plenty of help and advice on offer for international students from the International Office as well as the university's website. This ranges from help with immigration and visas advice, finding accommodation and financial guidance to more general help adapting to their new home. There is information on working during studying to help supplement income or gain experience and even assistance on etiquette and culture matters to make adapting easier. Tanlaw Mill is a converted mill that now serves as the heart of the student's union on the Hunter Street campus. In the building is the Refectory as well as The Bar, offering daytime and evening places to gather and meet friends. There is everything from Sky TV to board games on offer to occupy time between classes. There is also common rooms in the Verney Park campus operated by the union. There are a number of annual and special events organised by the student union and also by the various groups for students to be involved with and details of upcoming events are found on the university's website. There are also a wide range of societies available to help students add to their interests or to find new ones. These include cultural societies such as the Africa Society or the Nigerian Society as well as interest groups such as Computing, Language or Law. There are also volunteering and charity groups including the Amnesty International Society and the UNICEF society. Finally, there are traditional sports and arts groups such as the film society and music, arts and theatre group.