University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Web Science

The course explores the impact of the web on the digital economy and all aspects of human society, from the individual right through to national and global scales. Pioneered by ECS in the UK and MIT in the US, web science analyses the web at a systems level; on the one hand investigating the technical capabilities of its distributed information infrastructure whilst also scrutinising the public policy and social practices that have made it a transformative global phenomenon.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g. mathematics, IT, computer science, a social science or the humanities). Where English is not the native language: IELTS: 6.5 (6 in each competency); internet-based TOEFL: 92 (21 in each competency).

Course modules

Semester 1: Foundations of web science: impact of web on society; web architecture (web 1.0); interdisciplinary thinking; research methods. Semester 2: Further web science: innovating and evaluating policy; social networks (web 2.0); semantic web (web 3.0); computational thinking.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Physical Sciences and Engineering
Telephone number: 
023 8059 2630