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ECS launches unique degree programme in Web Science

Published: 13 November 2012

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) has launched a new, unique, multi-disciplinary Web Science undergraduate degree that is the first of its kind in the UK.

The BSc in Web Science is a pioneering course run by ECS and Social Sciences and aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the technical underpinnings of the Web as well as the social processes that have shaped its evolution and its impact on society.

Students can choose to follow one of two pathways – Web Science (Social Sciences) or Web Science (Computer Science). They will take a shared core curriculum as well as specialist modules in their chosen pathway.

The three-year degree is based on world-leading research and postgraduate education and adds to Southampton’s role as a key player in the future development of the Web and Web Science.

ECS already offers Web Science at postgraduate and research level; is home to the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre; and has created the Web and Internet Science Research Group (WAIS) that is carrying out research to better understand the origin, evolution and growth of the Web and how it is transforming society.

Many of ECS’ academics were involved in developing the Web including Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt. All are very influential and key players in the continued research and development of the Web and Web Science.

Dr Mark Weal, from ECS, said: “The Web is transforming the world in ways that could never be imagined. Only by understanding the Web will we be in a position to positively impact on its continued evolution.”

Professor Susan Halford, from Social Sciences, added: “The Web is the largest human information infrastructure in history. Our unique course will help you understand how it works and how it is changing and shaping the everyday lives of billions of people across the planet from their business and social lives to political organisation.”

The BSc in Web Science will start from October 2013. For further information go to

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