The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

iPhD Web Science

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Web Science Innovation offers a four year integrated iPhD (MSc + PhD) programme in Web Science with full studentships funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University.

Applications for 2017 studentships are now CLOSED. Applications for September 2018 entry will be open for consideration from January 2018.

iPhD Web Science

The iPhD Web Science will equip students to become leaders in the emerging Digital Economy by combining masters and doctoral education with additional opportunities, including guest speakers, summer schools, workshops and external collaboration.

The course begins with a one-year full-time taught MSc in Web Science to give a broad basis for understanding the technology of the Web and the social context in which the technology operates.  The remaining interdisciplinary three year research programme is jointly supervised by academic staff from two or more subject areas. A wide range of disciplines can be combined to suit the individual research interests of each student, including Computer Science, Law, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Business, Medicine Education and Geography.

We welcome applications from candidates with a Bachelor degree in any subject who have an interest in any aspect of Web Science. We are looking for a diverse multidisciplinary cohort who can understand the Web from many perspectives. Our students have a wide range of prior academic qualifications and professional experience.

To find out more about applying for PhD and iPhD study, see How to Apply.


Year 1: See fees for MSc Web Science (full-time)
Years 2 - 4:  The PhD fees depend on each student's primary Faculty and subject area.
For more details see our Fees and Funding information for postgraduate students.


We offer a number of full studentships funded by the EPSRC for 4-year PhD training (MSc + PhD), which cover fees for the combined masters and PhD degrees plus a tax-free stipend of £14,553 a year (2017/18 rate).  A small number of University awards may also be available each year. 

All successful applicants who are eligible to pay Home fees (UK/EU) are automatically considered for any available funding awards.  We are not able to offer funding to those applicants eligible to pay international fees. 

The funding process is very competitive so we recommend that you also seek alternative funding from outside the University. We welcome applicants who are self-funding or have been awarded scholarships from other sources.  

Are you eligible for a full studentship?

The following are the eligibility criteria for studentships funded by the EPSRC. A student must meet all of the following conditions:

Students who are eligible for Home fees (UK/EU) and have been ordinarily resident in an EU member state other than the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant may be eligible for a fees-only EPSRC award.  A limited number of full or fees-only University awards may also be available.

Contact us

For further information about the iPhD Web Science, please contact the CDT Programme Manager, Alison Tebbutt 

applying for study


Applications for our 2017 entry are now CLOSED. Applications for September 2018 entry will be open from January 2018.

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Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about studing Web Science

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Our Students

Find out more about all of our Web Science students and alumni.

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Student Research Booklet

View all our current students' academic and professional backgrounds and their research posters.

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