Develop the skills to enable you to analyse the impact of the web on business, government, law and science itself.
Web Science uses multidisciplinary techniques to explore the impact of the web on all aspects of human society, from the individual right through to national and global scales.
This programme addresses two aspects of the web:
Since the inception of the web, there have been two major developments: social and collaborative applications, and the semantic web. You will explore these through core modules, web technology and your own social and collaborative websites.
You will have the opportunity to study web technologies, such as data and knowledge representations, e-business, agents and information system design, in the context of economic theory, legal practice, linguistic analysis and sociological evaluation.
Twelve months, full-time.
The programme has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own interests. You can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project. You will however, also take a number of compulsory modules to ensure you are exposed to key topics in all areas.
Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in any of computer science, information technology, mathematics, a social science or the humanities.
If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.
We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
This programme provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry, the digital economy or academia.
"The Web is such a prevalent part of everyday life that it was obvious that it was a great opportunity to really start to understand the effect it is having, which will be a unique expertise that I can take forward into my future career.”
Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, ARM, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few. Visit our careers hub for more information.
The Web Science curriculum does not expect you to have specific programming skills, and the course teaching will directly address the construction and use of the Web in its various forms. However, digital literacy (the use of information management tools such as databases) is expected.
We do not require you to have any prior knowledge of Web Science itself, but relevant background reading includes the following texts:
The following popular texts are also relevant, and provide interesting perspectives for understanding the Web.