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City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • From cyberbullying to online dating sites, study how online environments impact on human behaviour
  • Live & fully online training with real-time instructor-student interaction
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  • 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT
  • Starts September 2024
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Cyberpsychology: from cyberbullying to online dating sites

Cyberpsychology is the study of how online environments impact on human behaviour, relationships and cognitions. Much research is being undertaken into the effect of the cyberworld on groups and individuals. While some research is uncovering associations between mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression) among the young and social media use, other studies suggest that online environments can help develop social skills and reduce isolation.

Whether it’s via a smartphone or a PC, from cyberbullying to online dating, many significant life encounters are now experienced, and in many examples directed by others, within computerised contexts. The influences of the cyberworld on human psychology are, as yet, relatively unknown. However, emerging research is confirming that the impact of our online interactions is significant.

The Diploma in Cyberpsychology is a ten-week course designed to give counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists. psychiatrists, teachers and parents an up-to-date insight into our current understanding of Cyberpsychology and its influence on the human experience.

  • Psychologists, counsellors, or psychotherapists who would like an insight to how psychological theory and concepts are applied to the online world
  • Graduates who would like an introduction to the field before committing to a postgraduate programme of study
  • Teachers, parents, or practitioners who would like to learn more about how online technologies impact the lives of young people
  • Those interested in learning more about human behaviour online

1. What is Cyberpsychology?

2. Computer-Mediated Communication

3. Impression Management and Online Dating

4. Social Media & Well-being, and Cyberbullying

5. Forensic Cyberpsychology and Hacking

6. A Psychological Perspective of AI and VR

7. Online Gaming and Consumer Psychology

8. Online Persuasion and Captology

9. Online Problematic Use and Predatory Behaviour

10. Children and Technology

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.


Chloé Beatty

Chloé graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in 2016. She has since taken up positions in industry and non-profit organisations providing training on how to improve online branding identity and how to best utilise social media and data analytical tools to reach target audiences, by using principles rooted in psychological theory.
She currently works in academia as an online educator and a higher education digital learning specialist, where she applies knowledge from current psychological research and learning principles to improve the learning experience for online students. Her doctoral research is in the areas of developmental and cyberpsychology with a particular focus on screen use in early childhood and its impact on psychological development. She is passionate about disseminating knowledge on how humans can use technology to achieve their best potential both at an individual level, and societal level.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

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