The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

iPhD Web Science

The Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Southampton is offering fully funded studentships for 4-year PhD training (MSc + PhD). The combined masters and PhD degree has no fees to pay and a £14,553 a year tax-free stipend to study the World Wide Web.

Any student from any discipline can study Web Science

This four-year PhD in Web Science will equip students to become leaders in the emerging Digital Economy. The course begins with a one-year taught Masters to give a broad basis for understanding the technology of the Web and the social context in which the technology operates.

The remaining three year research programme is jointly supervised by two faculties and may combine a wide range of disciplines ranging from Computer Science, Information Technology, Law, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Management, Education or Geography. as appropriate to the interdisciplinary research interests of the individual student.

Web Science at Southampton is directed by Professor Dame Wendy Hall , Professor Les Carr, Professor Susan Halford, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and Dr Lisa Harris with Visiting Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training is part of an international network of Web Science research centres, offering summer schools, workshops and opportunities for international collaboration.

Are you eligible for a full studentship?

To be eligible for a full studentship a student must meet all three of these conditions below:

Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay


Been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)


 Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

•All EU nationals are eligible for fees-only awards if they do not have settled status in the UK.

•These are the EPSRC general rules for eligibility of students supported through EPSRC funding.


If you wish to discuss applying for this course please email

expected backgrounds

Expected Backgrounds

We are looking for a diverse multidisciplinary cohort that can understand the Web from many perspectives

student research booklet

Student Research Booklet

View our current MSc students' academic and professional backgrounds along with their research plans for the future

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