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Web Science Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn't listed please contact the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training at websciencecdt@southampton.ac.uk 

Q. Do I need to have studied computer science to apply for the iPhD Web Science?

No.  Our students have a wide range of prior academic qualifications and professional experience. We welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate their interest in any topics related to Web Science. We are looking for candidates who are able to consider both the social and technological aspects of the Web from a variety of perspectives.  

Q. Can the iPhD and MSc Web Science programmes be studied online or through distance learning?

No. Both programmes require attendance on campus.

Q. What is the iPhD programme outline?

The four year iPhD Web Science programme is an integrated PhD programme, which consists of a one year full-time taught component (MSc) followed by three years of research (PhD). Further information about  the first year of study is available on the MSc Web Science page.  Subject to satisfactory progress, you will be awarded the MSc Web Science after Year 1, and will continue automatically onto the PhD component of the programme.

Q. Can I go straight to the PhD without doing the MSc course first?

The iPhD is a four year programme.  The MSc year is designed to provide essential interdisciplinary training as preparation for doctoral research in Web Science. However, applicants who can demonstrate substantial relevant academic or professional experience in Web Science may be considered for direct entry to the PhD component.

Alternatively, if you are interested in web science research but do not wish to apply for the iPhD programme, you could consider a PhD in Computer Science in the Web and Internet Science Research Group (WAIS). This programme is managed by Electronics and Computer Science and is not part of the Centre for Doctoral Training.

Q. Can the MSc Web Science or PhD be taken part time?

The MSc training year is only available full time for 12 months.  The PhD research may be undertaken part time by negotiation.

Q. What arrangements need to be in place before I apply? Do I need to approach supervisors?

No, you don’t need to approach supervisors before you apply, but you will need to provide an outline research proposal as part of the application process to indicate your likely research interests at that stage. You will identify appropriate PhD supervisors at the end of the first year when you have decided your research topic.

Q. What career/job prospects do I have if I did this course?

This four-year PhD in Web Science will equip students to become leaders in the future Digital Economy. From cybercrime experts to Internet Law specialists, there is an increasing demand for advanced socio-technical knowledge and skills, as the Web becomes integral to many professions and domains of activity.  Graduates from the programme have been employed as consultants, researchers and lecturers.  For more details see our Alumni webpage.

Q. Can I take an undergraduate degree in Web Science?

Our undergraduate degree programmes are no longer open to new students, but if you are a current student you may be able to take interdisciplinary modules as part of your degree.  See Web Science Undergraduate Study for more details.

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