Cyberpsychology BSc (Hons)

Reliance upon, and use of technology has become part of our everyday lives.  Whether this is simply using online resources for shopping, healthcare or leisure or understanding the impact of new and emerging technology upon business, education and governance our digital lives are constantly increasing.  Consequently understanding the psychology of human interactions via a digital world, or our interactions with digital technologies has emerged as a new and exciting field: Cyberpsychology.

This is one of the UK’s first undergraduate Cyberpsychology degrees and draws upon the extensive links within the School of Psychology to deliver a course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) for those graduating with at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree. As such this course covers all the core areas of the psychology that are required for progression to postgraduate study, and eventually Chartered Psychology status but does so with additional coverage of the new and exciting field of Cyberpsychology

Taught in world-class learning facilities (QS World Rankings) by enthusiastic, research active staff many of whom work within the field, our goal is to help you to fulfil your potential.  As part of the course fee we provide you with Student Membership of the British Psychological Society, which ensures you are aware of the career prospects available to you and receive other benefits including the monthly magazine ‘The Psychologist’.

Employment prospects for those graduating from the course are expected to be high - currently the School sits amongst the top 25 nationally for psychology graduate employment in graduate level roles within six months of completing the course.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years Full-time with placement year/international year: four years Part-time: five to six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

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  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Combine core psychological knowledge with in-depth understanding of how humans behave in the digital world, with one of the first dedicated Cyberpsychology undergraduate degree courses in the UK.
  • Gain a BPS-accredited degree qualification, with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
  • Learn from Cyberpsychologists within the School, as well as those working in related industries, such as Policing, National Defence, and Child Protection.

Course Overview

Year 1

The first year of the course provides a broad understanding of the core elements of psychology alongside optional modules that permit you to explore not only Cyberpsychology but to study other areas from our wide range of courses.  This permits you to explore new interests, or consolidate existing ones.

Compulsory Modules

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Current Topics in Psychology

Plus four modules from the following options

  • Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Topics in Forensic & Criminal Psychology
  • Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Baby Minds: Psychology of Infant Development

Year 2

Year 2 provides you with the core curriculum of the British Psychological Society through the compulsory modules and develops your understanding of Cyberpsychology alongside this core material.  The Cyberpsychology module provides you with a breadth of content related to cyberpsychology and is the basis for the final year, where two thirds of your degree will be within Cyberpsychology.  Alongside your compulsory modules in the second year, you choose a specialist module from one of our other routes to provide not only flexibility in your final year degree route but also to ensure a wider appreciation of psychology

Compulsory Modules

  • Cyberpsychology, Identity and Online Behaviour
  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences

Plus one module from the following options

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurocognitive Development & Disorders
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience

Placement Year

At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects.  Alternatively, you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules. 

Year 3

For your final year, you study two compulsory modules in Cyberpsychology developing both your theoretical understanding of the area and the application of psychology across a range of settings related to online behaviour.  Alongside these modules, you complete an independent piece of research: your final year project.  Additionally you chose two further options from our range of courses that enable you to develop the further skills and interests that meet your own career aspirations and requirements.

Compulsory Modules

  • Cyberpsychology Project
  • Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research and Applications
  • Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights

Optional Modules

Select two of the following:

  • EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
  • OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery
  • OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS points. We do, however, operate a flexible admissions policy and treat each applicant as an individual so we will consider your educational achievements, predicted (or achieved) grades, alongside relevant work experience and your personal statement.  We welcome applications not only from applicants with traditional backgrounds, but also those returning to education or looking for a career change. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at Grade 4 (C) including Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications to GCSE)

Applications for advanced entry to the course will be considered on an individual basis.  We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Further Information


The course is exceptionally well equipped with laboratories to facilitate teaching and research in each of the areas of the discipline.You’ll be primarily located in the multi-million pound, purpose-built Darwin Building, housing over 30 state-of-the-art laboratories providing you with a first-class learning environment.

These fantastic facilities support your experiential learning with laboratories equipped to ensure you receive the skills and knowledge of immediate benefit to you and your potential employers. 

The Child Observation Suite (COS) and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Laboratory are both primary focused on the study of children. The later through the measurement of brain activity, which is also the focus (in adults) of the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BiL)

The Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC) houses our motion capture, Virtual Reality, Forensic Labs (including the composite system EvoFIT) and CHaPS provides facilities for Clinical, Health and Psychobiology.  All labs offer intern opportunities both paid and voluntary to enhance your understanding of a range of exciting research programmes.

The School may also draw upon additional facilities from the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences such as the state-of-the-art Hydra Minerva Suite.

Virtual Reality Laboratory

Brain Imaging Laboratory

Aimee Sullivan

The facilities are incredible and nothing like I have seen at any other university. They are also easily accessible to students which is great!

Aimee Sullivan, Psychology graduate

Psychology Facilities

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The three year degree programme involves a mixture of lectures, seminars/workshops and laboratory classes (all of which can be experienced at one of our Applicant Days) and is delivered by staff who are often Chartered Members (C. Psychol) of the British Psychological Society meaning that they have developed the highest, recognised understanding of their area and continue to practice within their Chartered field. 

Where possible the assignments that you complete have been designed to replicate the tasks that you might undertake after graduation when working within Cyberpsychology or applying your psychological knowledge in a range of other employment situations.  We assess your skills and knowledge through a range of coursework and some examinations designed to permit you to demonstrate the understanding you have gained from the course.

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UCLan offers one of the largest paid, Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme (URIS) in UK universities.  This permits you to work, on cutting edge research projects, with staff over the summer.  This competitive scheme develops not only your understanding of material from your course, but will frequently lead to conference papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and in some cases trips to present the work overseas. 

Our International Travel Bursary scheme has been utilised by many students to visit locations overseas either for personal development or to enhance their learning.  In recent years students have visited the Dementia Village in Holland, climbed Kilimanjaro, assessed the Cognitive abilities of climbers at the Mount Everest basecamp, or visited Kenya, Italy, and the USA.

Eramus+ and visiting the Department of Psychology (part of the School of Sciences) at our campus in Cyprus are also options for students on this course. 


Whilst most students will continue to study cyberpsychology for the three years of the course, inherent in our course design is a flexibility that enables you to, should you wish, transfer to our other Psychology courses (Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology or The Psychology of Child Development).  This ensures that as your goals, aspirations and interests develop that you graduate with the degree you need upon graduation which may not necessarily be the one you thought you needed when you first applied for the course.

Staff Expertise

Psychology is a broad and diverse discipline, dealing with human behaviour at levels ranging from the highly specific neuronal level to the general cultural level. The academic staff in the School are experts in their own field of psychology and are actively engaged in their own research which informs their teaching and ensures that the curriculum in the School is at the very cutting-edge of the field. Information about the specific research interests of the academic staff can be found in the School Staff Directory.

In addition, a majority of senior academic staff engaged in teaching in the School have been awarded Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy, the organisation responsible for enhancing excellence in teaching in higher education.

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This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

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Our Industry Links

As with many of our psychology undergraduate and postgraduate courses we maintain links with employers through our careers events and the operation of an employer’s forum.  Some of the staff who will deliver on the course are practising psychologists working within the NHS or related sectors and therefore bring not only an academic perspective to your learning but the practical, applied skills of working within these sectors. The School also maintains strong links with patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), Police Forces, Local Education Authorities and professional sports organisations all or which regularly use Clinical Psychology or Clinical Psychologists in delivering their service.

The School will actively support students looking for placements (voluntary or as part of the course) to ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to pursue the career of your choice.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom. This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS. Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students who successfully complete the empirical project and graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree or better. Thus enabling progression to postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).

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Upon graduation many students are expected to progress to work within the newly emerging field of cyberpsychology or to progress to postgraduate training.  The job prospects, however, for psychology graduates in general are excellent with people entering a wide range of careers either directly or indirectly related to psychology: education, business, industry, NHS and related health providers.

Many students attracted to this course have also been interested in gaining the complimentary knowledge from the MSc Forensic Psychology as well as postgraduate opportunities in Cyberpsychology.

You may find it helpful to visit the British Psychological Society webpages where excellent careers advice is available. Please note all students on Psychology degrees at UCLan receive membership of the BPS as part of their course fee.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.