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Web ScienceUndergraduate study

I200 BSc Web Science (Social Science) (3 years)

The only degree that prepares you for the future of commerce, a degree in Web Sciences, means that whatever your profession or specialisation your degree, you will be one of the select few qualified to launch your business into a new digital age of marketing, sales, law and business. The social science side of this degree course means you will be taught the basics of computer aided police work, from monitoring web activities to using computers to predict criminal activity and the basics of web based social communication.

Introducing your degree

How has the World Wide Web grown to become the largest information system in human history? How has it changed the lives of its 3 billion users? How have its users changed the Web over the past 25 years? And what will it look like in the future?
This degree offers you the social and technical understanding to answer these questions and to develop skills that will open career opportunities across industry, business, government and the public sector. Take a mixture of modules including Web Design, Online Social Networks and Cyberlives and options from social sciences, computer science and management that can be tailored to your interests.


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Our programme in Web Science allows students to choose between two 'pathways': Web Science (Social Science) and Web Science (Computer Science). Students on both pathways will take a shared core curriculum, which enables development of the knowledge and skills required to develop critical understanding of the Web, its history and current trajectories of development. These core modules will draw on a range of disciplines to offer a common grounding in Web Science.

In addition to this core curriculum, students will also pathway-specific Web Science modules. The degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests. This page indicates the modules for the Social Science pathway; for the Computer Science pathway please click here.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can make your application online at the UCAS website, where you'll also find key dates and deadlines.

You will be asked for an institution code name and number. Our code name is SOTON. Our number is S27.

The application fee is £23 if you are applying to more than one university or college, or for more than one programme; £12 if you are just applying for a single programme at one institution.

For more information, or specific queries please contact Dr Mark Weal or Professor Susan Halford.

Programme Structure

Core, compulsory and optional units.

Key Facts

This single Honours three-year course allows you to study Web Science with your choice of options.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above.
A Levels:
GCE A-level


General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels.

International Baccalaureate32 points overall to include 16 points at Higher Level.
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (e.g. Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 overall to include 5.5 in each component.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application.

UCAS code: I200

Course title: BSc Web Science (Social Science)

Course duration: 3 years

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory Web Science modules and pathway specific Web Science modules. The compulsory modules shown below are common to both pathways, and the optional modules are specific to the Social Science pathway.

This list will give you a very good idea of what you will learn on this course, but the details will change and some modules will be restructured each year.

Year 2

Semester One
Social Theory
Perspectives in Criminology
Youth, Crime and Society
Industrial Law 1
Class Structure and Social Inequality
Cybernetics, Societies and the Web
Interdisciplinary Group Project
Semester Two
Interaction Design
Research Skills
Living and Working on the Web
Industrial Law 2
Gender and Society
Race and Ethnicity in Society
Interdisciplinary: Critical Thinking in the Information Age: Method and Practice in the Digital Humanities

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
Stationery: You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Books: Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and photocopying: In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

The skills you will acquire are in high demand. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in education, local or regional government, social work, international organisations, the third sector and the media.

Read more about the careers and employability support we offer.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching methods:
  • Staff-led lectures, demonstrations, laboratories and seminars
  • Directed reading
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Written assessments, including literature searches and surveys
  • Specification, design, analysis, implementation and verification exercises
  • Group work exercises, presentations and reports
  • Revision for written examinations
  • Staff and post-graduate supervision of your research dissertation
Assessment methods:
  • In the case of staff-led lectures and seminars, your knowledge and understanding is assessed through written examinations and assessments.
  • Your understanding of research methods, and your ability to locate and present theoretical approaches is assessed through student-led presentations, written assessments and written examinations, and additionally your dissertation.
  • Understanding of current and emerging research questions is assessed through your dissertation, which must include a significant literature survey to set the context for your work, a review of your progress relative to your initial plan, and a critical evaluation and reflection.



Our programme in Web Science allows students to choose between two 'pathways': Web Science (Computer Science) and Web Science (Social Sciences). Students on both pathways will take a shared core curriculum, which enables development of the knowledge and skills required to develop critical understanding of the Web, its history and current trajectories of development. These core modules will draw on a range of disciplines to offer a common grounding in Web Science.

Study Locations

Hartley Library

Highfield campus

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