The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

iPhD Web Science

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Web Science Innovation offers a four year integrated iPhD programme in Web Science.This interdisciplinary programme aims to equip graduates with socio-technical expertise to become leaders in the Digital Economy.  The programme combines Masters and doctoral study with additional tailored training and collaboration with partner organisations.  Full studentships are available funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University.

Programme Structure

The course begins with a one-year full-time taught MSc in Web Science which provides a broad basis for understanding the technology of the Web and the social context in which the technology operates.  This is followed by a three years of interdisciplinary PhD research 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.

2018 Applications

We welcome applications from candidates with a Bachelor degree in any subject who have an interest in any research topics related to Web Science. Our students have a wide range of prior academic qualifications and professional experience.

Our deadlines for applications were 31 March and 31 May

We are currently still accepting applications until 31 July, as limited funding may still be available, but early application is advised if you wish to be considered for a studentship.  Candidates who are self-funding may continue to apply after this date.

To make an application, see How to Apply.


We offer a number of full four-year studentships funded by the EPSRC plus a number of additional studentships funded by the University, which cover fees plus a tax-free stipend of £14,777 a year (2018/2019 rate).  The awards are open to all applicants eligible to pay Home fees (UK/EU), who are automatically considered for funding as part of the application process.  We are not able to offer funding to applicants eligible to pay international fees. We do welcome applicants who are self-funding or have scholarships from other sources.

Funding eligibility criteria:

Eligibility is determined by the criteria for studentships funded by the EPSRC. Candidates for awards must demonstrate a relevant connection with the United Kingdom.  A relevant connection may be established if the candidate:

Residential eligibility is based on a physical presence in the UK.  British citizenship in itself does not satisfy the residential eligibility requirements.

Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for EPSRC funding for tuition fees only, unless they can demonstrate a connection to the UK as stated above.  EU candidates will be considered for University-funded Web Science studentships, which offer full funding for tuition fees and a stipend.

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For further information about the iPhD Web Science, please contact the CDT at

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