University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Web Science

Explore 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. This programme develops a multidisciplinary understanding of the Web in society and is open to graduates of Computer Science, IT, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an appropriate discipline (e.g. mathematics, computer science, information technology, a social science or the humanities). English language: IELTS 6.5, with minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

Semester one: Foundations of Web Science - Impact of Web on Society; Web Architecture (Web 1.0); Interdisciplinary Thinking; Research Methods
Semester two: Further Web Science - Innovating and Evaluating Policy; Social Networks (Web 2.0); Semantic Web (Web 3.0); Computational Thinking
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

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

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