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Social Science of the Internet + Information, Communication and the Social Sciences combined MSc and DPhil

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

The combined MSc Social Science of the Internet and DPhil Information, Communication and the Social Sciences programmes provide an opportunity for highly qualified students to develop the theoretical and methodological toolkit needed to undertake multidisciplinary Internet-related research.

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) trains social scientists to undertake rigorous theoretical and empirical research in the study of the Internet and technology.

Assessment

During your MSc year, you will take a combination of core and option papers and produce a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic of your choosing (supported by a dissertation supervisor). The dissertation provides the opportunity to apply the methods and approaches you have covered in the other parts of the course and carry out a substantive piece of academic research.

Students admitted to the combined MSc + DPhil programme will need to meet the normal admissions requirements and any conditions set to progress to the DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences.

During the DPhil element of the course, all students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a full-time PRS student, you will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status. This application is normally made by the fourth term.

During your MSc you will be equipped with essential theoretical tools and methodological skills to undertake cutting-edge research in this domain. You are introduced to the empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of the role of the Internet in society, including the changing nature of governance and the theoretical, practical and ethical questions surrounding Internet use.

Graduate destinations

Employers recognise the value of a degree from the University of Oxford, and graduates from our programmes have secured excellent positions in academia, industry, government and NGOs. For example, non-academic destinations of recent graduates have included large Internet companies such as Google or Facebook, smaller start-ups like , as well as regulatory positions and consultancy. OII DPhil alumni who have pursued academic careers have taken up research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford, Cornell University, University of Hong Kong, Imperial College London, Durham University, University of New South Wales, Coventry University, University of Leicester, University of Ottawa, and Michigan State University.

The OII Alumni Wall features interviews from both MSc and DPhil alumni about their time at the department and career paths after Oxford.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

  • University League Table

    2nd

  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 110

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    239 100%

    1st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    91 91%

    18th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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