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MSc Cyber Psychology of Online Communication

The program “Cyber Psychology of Online Communication” is targeted at people interested in understanding online communication from a psychological perspective.

The program will equip students with an understanding of current and prospective issues surrounding cyber psychology. In the past two decades, the online medium has taken over large parts of our business and private lives. There is a dire need to understand human behavior through this new and evolving lens of the internet. The way we manage human behavior and the instances through which we monitor the extremes of humanity have all been reconstructed as a result of the world wide web. Therefore, it is imperative that those concerned with the study of businesses (with a special focus on – online – communication), psychology, IT, engineering, law, or social care should be able to appraise themselves with the challenges and opportunities that have emerged as a result of this new medium. This program will provide such an opportunity.

Students expand their existing professional competencies and consolidate them by understanding theoretical, practice-oriented content and methods with a focus on Cyber Psychology.

Existing knowledge acquired through practical work experience is supplemented by an academically sound basis, deepened professionally and extended by psychological and communicative skills. Through this foundation, existing knowledge and skills can be exercised and developed more consciously and new perspectives can be acquired.

Duration
3
semesters
Degree
MSc
Master of Science
Study places
50

Program

Akademisches Lehrinstitut für Psychologie

The degree program in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication is carried out by Akademischen Lehrinstitut für Psychologie in Lübeck together with FHWien der WKW and is a 100 % distance learning degree program, making it easy for you to study while working. You must attend the Master’s examination at FHWien der WKW at the end of the 3rd semester.

According to section 4 of the psychology law, (Psychologengesetz) only persons who have completed a degree in psychology may call themselves a psychologist. The successful completion of the Master’s degree program “MSc Cyber Psychology of Online Communication” does not allow the holder to call themselves a “psychologist”. Upon completion of your degree program, you have the right to use the internationally recognized title of “Master of Science (MSc) in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication”.

Highlights

The Master’s program is based on the following focal points:

  • Social media
  • Young person’s use of the internet, as well as the growing trend of online gaming
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • E-commerce, and the use of online platform for political use
  • Online counseling and support
  • The darker side of the internet.

Organization

Type of degree program

Distance learning degree course with final examination at FHWien der WKW

Language of instruction

English

Start of degree program

Either in February or September

Place of study

Distance Learning

Application

Tuition fee

Monthly tuition fee € 699.84 (VAT-exempt) x 18 months

Application

The degree program in MSc Cyber Psychology of Online Communication is carried out by Akademisches Lehrinstitut für Psychologie together with FHWien der WKW.

The content is modular and is completed with a Master’s thesis and a Master’s examination at FHWien der WKW.

Focus & Qualifications

Your continuing education program in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication

Cyberpsychology is a fairly new field of psychology given the rapid development of new technologies in the past years. It considers the psychological processes associated with any form of technology including internet and mobile phone use, gaming or artificial intelligence with a special focus on human interaction and communication.

Human behavior is crucial to the success of a business idea. It is important to understand motivations and emotions of potential customers, staff or the people who are influenced by technology. Society’s demand for high-quality cyber psychologists is increasing in many areas. The MSc in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication tackles these societal changes and makes it possible for people to complete a program in this area, without requiring applicants to have a degree.

The learning concept of the MSc Cyber Psychology of Online Communication is distinguished by its high level of practically relevant content, as well as innovative teaching and learning methods. The distance-learning program offers students an optimal way to learn.

The combination of guided self-study, individual student support and e-learning units offers students the possibility of learning at a time and place which is suitable for them and which fits in with their own professional requirements and needs. Using modern e-learning components provides students with interactive learning.

The MSc in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication offers students the opportunity for improving qualifications to a university level and is a successful combination of compact, theoretically sound knowledge and a practice-based education.

According to section 4 of the psychology law (Psychologengesetz), only persons who have completed a degree in psychology may call themselves a psychologist. The successful completion of the Master’s degree program “MSc Cyber Psychology of Online Communication” does not allow the holder to call themselves a “psychologist”. Upon completion of the program you have the right to use the internationally recognized title “Master of Science (MSc) in Cyber Psychology of Online Communication”.

Curriculum

The contents and structure of the program support a practice-oriented understanding of Cyber Psychology in areas relevant to the target group. Starting with the acquisition of the basics important for this understanding, cyber psychology of online communication content and skills are systematically taught, whereby successive modules always meaningfully tie in with the knowledge acquired in the previous module and can be integrated to understand the following module.

Main areas of study

The Master’s program is divided into 3 semesters:

1st semester

  • Introduction to Cyber Psychology
  • Social Media, Networking and Communication
  • Psychology of Online Businesses
  • Online Communication Support, Counselling and Coaching
  • Children and Teenagers’ Use of Online Communication and Media

2nd semester

  • Communication with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Psychology of Online Gaming and Multiplayer Platforms
  • E-Politics, Ethics and CSR
  • Research Methods

3rd semester

  • The Dark Web: Cybercrime and Deviance
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Master’s Examination

The curriculum is optimized and adapted to the latest developments in the world of work and the latest international trends regularly. The motto here is from „knowing more“ to „being able to do more“.

Job & Career

The Master’s program in Cyberpsychology of Online Communication” will equip students with an understanding of current and prospective issues surrounding cyber psychology. The past 100 years has seen the development of conventional psychology supporting the assumption that all human behavior happens in person and in real time. However, in the past two decades, the online medium has taken over large parts of our lives, from using online banking transactions to ordering food through our smartphones. People can have relationships online, and run a multimillion dollar business on the same medium. Online there is no shortage of deviant behavior, where people aim to exploit those with little knowledge of how the medium works.

All things considered, there is a dire need to understand human behavior through this new and evolving lens of the internet. The way we manage human behavior and the instances through which we monitor the extremes of humanity have all been reconstructed as a result of the world wide web. Therefore, it is imperative that those concerned with the study of businesses (with a special focus on – online – communication), psychology, IT, engineering, law, or social care should be able to appraise themselves with the challenges and opportunities that have emerged as a result of this new medium. This program will provide such an opportunity.

According to the psychology law §4, the successful completion of the Master’s degree program “MSc Cyberpsychology of Online Communication” does not allow the holder to call themselves a “psychologist”. Upon completion of your degree program, you have the right to use the internationally recognized title of “Master of Science (MSc) in Cyberpsychology of Online Communication”.

Application

The program “Cyber Psychology of Online Communication” is targeted at people interested in understanding online communication from a psychological perspective. Many of the potential students will have an interest and professional experience in this topic to begin with, and this Master’s program will enable them to pave the way forward in a more applied and multidisciplinary way.

Potential students may be, among others, people in business, legal professionals, people working with children, and/or people in charge of online security management. Those with social sciences and psychology degrees will benefit from the program, especially those with a preference for organizational, social or applied psychology. Those with a background in computing and IT will also benefit from the program, which will provide insights into a dimension of human behavior that they might have previously been unfamiliar with.

Target group & Admission requirements

  • Completed first degree (to at least Bachelor level) from a recognized Austrian or equivalent university and at least one year of professional experience OR
  • At least six years of relevant professional experience – of which at least one year is spent in a leadership position.

Application process

Application takes place at the Academic Institute of Psychology in Lübeck.

Program information

The team at the Academic Institute of Psychology, Lübeck can answer any questions you may have.

Subsidies

  • Tax reimbursement: You can write off the tuition fees against your taxes, as long as the continuing education program is relevant or related to your current occupational field. The tax advantage depends on your total income. You could be reimbursed for up to 43.6% of the tuition fees!
    More information can be found here:
    Bundesministerium für Finanzen (Federal Ministry of Finance)
    Hintere Zollamtsstraße 2b, 1030 Wien
    Tel.: 01/514 33-0
    www.bmf.gv.at
    The e-mail contact form can be found here:
    www.bmf.gv.at/service/allg/feedback/_start.asp
  • BFB Training allowance for companies: 
    www.kursfoerderung.at/index.php?id=9&uid=22

All information is without guarantee. Please be aware that we cannot make any guarantees about subsidies!

Team

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerald Kolar

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerald Kolar

Head of Competence Center for Leadership & Social Skills

Head of Program
MSc Industrial and Communications Psychology

Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Kristina Herber

ALP Akademisches Lehrinstitut für Psychologie, Lübeck, Projektleitung

Mag.a Monika Frasl

Program Manager