Taught course

Web Science

University of Southampton · School of Electronics and Computer Science

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an appropriate discipline (e.g. mathematics, computer science, information technology, a social science or the humanities). English language: IELTS 6.5, with minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Web Science explores the impact of the Web on the digital economy and all aspects of human society, from the individual right through to national and global scales. Pioneered by ECS in the UK and MIT in the US, Web Science analyses the Web at a systems level; on the one hand investigating the technical capabilities of its distributed information infrastructure whilst also scrutinising the public policy and social practices that have made it a transformative global phenomenon. This course develops a multidisciplinary understanding of the Web in society and is open to graduates of Computer Science, IT, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Semester one modules: Foundations of Web Science—Impact of Web on Society; Web Architecture (Web 1.0); Interdisciplinary Thinking; Research Methods.
Semester two modules: Further Web Science—Innovating and Evaluating Policy; Social Networks (Web 2.0); Semantic Web (Web 3.0); Computational Thinking.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.

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Information for international students


Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Physical Sciences and Engineering
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