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The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

Fully Funded 4 Year iPhD opportunites available for October 2017.

Published: 3 November 2016

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 tax-free stipend to study the World Wide Web.

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 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.

What is Web Science?

Web Science is the interdisciplinary study of the Web as a global socio-technical system that concerns the technologies, policies and practices of the interchange of data, information and knowledge, including the exchange of digital forms of intellectual property and the online trading of physical economic goods. It analyses the Web at a systems level, on the one hand investigating the technical capabilities of its distributed information infrastructure whilst also examining the public policy and social practices that elevate it from a laboratory curiosity to a transformative global phenomenon.

About the Centre for Doctoral Training

The aim of the centre is to train students in a thorough understanding of how to innovate and create new kinds of value through the web, to become agents of change in the digital economy and to train them with sufficient expertise and leadership capacity to be able to apply Web Science principles to UK businesses producing a significant impact on the UK economy.

The centre is a cross-faculty and a cross- & multi-disciplinary initiative. Our current students have degrees in many different disciplines: Law, Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Graphic Design, Archaeology, Management, Politics, International Relations, Economics, Geography, Natural Sciences, Physics, Marketing, Criminology, Theology, English, Film and Languages, Mathematics, to name a few. The academics supervisors involved in the centre come from across the University.


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