The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

iPhD Studentships: Web Science Innovation

19 May 2017
Web Science Institute
Web Science Institute

Fully funded 4 year iPhD studentships are available for September 2017 start - Deadline for funding consideration is 31 May 2017.

Project description

The Web Science Institute’s Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Southampton focuses on the interaction between technology and society, investigating how the Web is changing the world and finding ways to innovate and change the Web. Web Science explores the impact of the Web on all aspects of human society, from the individual right through to national and global scales, investigating the technical capabilities of its current distributed information infrastructure, scrutinising the public policy and social practices that have made it a transformative global phenomenon and then imagining new ways of organising and using the Web to create new economic, social and cultural value.

We welcome applications for our 4-year integrated PhD (iPhD) programme of socio-technical research and innovation in the following areas:

• web of data and semantic web, data science, the politics of data, data security, privacy and ethics, personal data stores and alternatives to monetised data surveillance

• new methods for social network analysis and visualisation

• crowd sourcing and citizen science

• cybergeography, geolocation, geospatial intelligence and the Web

• cybercrime, cybersecurity and cyberwarfare

• democratic e-participation, cyberactivism, web governance

• e-health, wellbeing and lifestyle tracking

• new AI, conversational, voice and augmented reality Web environments

• Web Observatories and Social Machines

Innovative and Challenging Postgraduate Research Programme

The EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Web Science Innovation offers fully funded four-year scholarships, consisting of an initial training year followed by a three-year research project supervised by a multi-disciplinary team.The CDT emphasises cohort working to support interdisciplinary research and provides groups frequent opportunities to work together with partners from industry, commerce, government and the third sector. The CDT is part of an international network of Web Science research centres, offering summer schools, workshops and opportunities for international collaboration (see ).

This iPhD programme equips students to become leaders in the emerging Digital Economy – whether in industry and business, government and the public sector or the third sector. We welcome applications from students with any relevant background, providing they have an excellent first degree and can demonstrate an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary Web Science research.

The CDT has a focus on innovation and the development of research ideas beyond academia. In 2017 we are particularly keen to recruit students with the ambition to imagine and shape the future Web. What next for the digital economy? Where will the next big Web innovation come from? What challenges must be overcome to ensure social inclusion and prosperity for all?

Please contact: Alison Tebbutt ( for further details.

Key facts

More details:

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline in the Computing and Information Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities.

Duration: four years (full-time, with part-time options available for the research phase)

Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year

Assessment: nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: 25th September 2017

How to Apply:


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