MSc in Social Science of the Internet
Full-time & Part-time
MSc in Social Data Science
DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences
Full-time & Part-time
DPhil in Social Data Science
Full-time & Part-time
I was fascinated by the cutting-edge research on a variety of topics, which not only focused on technology as such, but also on its impact and implications.
You’re taught by genuine leaders in the field of Internet studies, and you’re exposed every day to the most cutting-edge research out there.
The OII is a dynamic and innovative department for Internet-related research and teaching, located in a world-leading traditional research university. Our faculty work at the cutting-edge of their fields, and this innovative research is fully reflected in their course teaching. As a fully multi-disciplinary department, we offer our students the opportunity to study academic, practical and policy-related issues that can only be understood by drawing on contributions from across many different fields.
Our faculty work at the cutting-edge of their fields and this innovative research is fully reflected in their course teaching.
As a fully multi-disciplinary department, we offer our students the opportunity to study academic, practical and policy-related issues that can only be understood by drawing on contributions from across many different fields; from political science to computer science, from philosophy to law, from geography to economics, from sociology to psychology and education.
Professor Luciano Floridi research focuses the philosophy of Information, information and computer ethics, and the philosophy of technology.
Professor Neff is a sociologist who studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.
Dr Andrew Przybylski applies psychological models and motivational theory to study how people interact with virtual environments including video games and social media.
Dr Kathryn Eccles has research interests in the impact of new technologies on scholarly behaviour and research, particularly in the Humanities.
Dr Joss Wright has research interests in cryptography, privacy-enhancing technologies and anonymous communications. His current research focuses on analysing Internet censorship, and data anonymization.
Professor Vili Lehdonvirta is an economic sociologist who studies the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, using conventional social research methods as well as novel data science approaches.
Professor Rebecca Eynon research focuses on learning and the Internet, and the links between digital and social exclusion.
Dr Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of Big Data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, and opinion dynamics.
The department’s busy calendar of seminars and events brings the most important people in the Internet world to the OII, allowing students to engage with the forefront of scholarship and debates around the Internet.
Students also take full advantage of the unparalleled resources available at the University including world-ranking research facilities and libraries, and a busy student scene. With over 200 student societies across the University, whatever your interests or level (whether sporting, music, politics, journalism, etc.) there will probably be a group of students with similar interests.
Students have access to many libraries, including the departmental library which houses texts specific to Internet-related studies. The University also offers careers advice, a counselling service, IT Support, skills training and visa support for international students.
I find every lecture and conversation with faculty and fellow classmates presents a new perspective which, for me, illuminates a new aspect of the Internet’s role in society. It is true brotherhood in a sandbox of thought.
Oxford is a collegiate university: students and teaching staff belong both to a department and to a college. There are 38 independent, self-governing colleges at Oxford University. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University’s success, providing intimate and multidisciplinary communities, where graduate students meet academics and fellow students from around the world and from a broad range of subjects, well beyond their own fields.
Colleges typically provide library and IT facilities, accommodation, welfare support, and sports and social events. Graduate students also benefit from the Middle Common Room (MCR) in their college – both a physical space and an organisation, it provides social events, advice, and a link to the graduate community.
Your college will have a Tutor for Graduates or Senior Tutor whose role includes general oversight of all graduate members of the college, although your academic studies will be directed by your department or faculty. Each graduate student has a college adviser, a senior member of the college’s staff who will be able to offer support and advice.
Further information is available on choosing a college on the University website, and from college prospectuses.
The Graduate Studies team are here to help students during the application process and support them throughout their time at the Oxford Internet Institute. If you have any questions about the application process, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Greg Taylor
Director of Graduate Studies
Greg oversees the OII's teaching programmes and is the disability lead for the department.
Professor Gina Neff
Director of DPhil Programme
Gina oversees the DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences
Professor Ralph Schroeder
MSc Programme Director
Ralph oversees the MSc in Social Science of the Internet.
Dr Scott Hale
MSc Programme Director
Scott oversees the MSc in Social Data Science.
Graduate Studies Manager
Victoria manages the administrative support for the OII postgraduate programmes, leading the Graduate Studies Support team within the department and is the disability co-ordinator for the department.
Laura manages student admissions and records, provides administrative support for the OII's doctoral programmes.
Laura is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the OII's MSc Programmes.
In addition to coursework and research, our students are involved in a huge range of activities within the department, across the university, and beyond.
We are a relatively small department, so you will have ample opportunities to get to know your fellow students and the members of the faculty during your time here.
Student organisers run our annual Connected Life conference which attracts attendees not only from the OII but from across many departments at Oxford, universities across the UK, and elsewhere in the world. Students have also organised group trips to places like Brussels, Berlin, and Barcelona where they have met with policy leaders and industry representatives.
The academic environment, diverse seminar programme and openness to new student ideas makes the OII one of the most exciting Oxford departments to be a part of.
With over 200 student societies across the University, whatever your interests or level (whether sporting, music, politics, journalism, etc.) there will probably be a group of students with similar interests. OII students have been involved as leaders in the Oxford Union, on college and university athletic teams, and in many forms of political and social engagement. Also, many choose to be active participants in college life at Oxford, serving on college academic and social committees and earning positions such as Junior Dean.
Students are also encouraged to reach out to the world via social media by posting, tweeting, blogging, podcasting, and sharing their thoughts with the world.
The Oxford Internet Institute is located in the heart of the city of Oxford, a cosmopolitan city of stunning architecture, history, and culture with plenty to see and do. In the city centre, you will find lots of shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, pubs and clubs.
There are plenty of green spaces too, including England’s oldest botanic garden, the University Parks, college gardens, and wandering riverside paths.
Oxford also boasts a thriving arts community with concerts, exhibitions, and cultural events available daily. London is also one hour from Oxford so students can take advantage of the many opportunities for study and fun in the capital.
[What I miss most about Oxford is] punting, the OII Library, the Lamb and Flag, college meals, bops, riding a bike everywhere.
The University of Oxford was ranked as the number one in the world in the 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making an Oxford degree highly valued by employers across the globe. Our graduates secure excellent positions in industry, government, NGOs, or go on to pursue doctoral studies at top universities.