The Oxford Internet Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new and innovative DPhil in Social Data Science. The OII is partnering with multiple departments to jointly offer this new degree, including engineering science, statistics, sociology, computer science, and other departments across the University of Oxford. This will allow students to draw on Oxford’s wide range of disciplinary expertise in their classes and from their supervisors.

The Social Data Science DPhil provides an opportunity for students to address research questions from across the spectrum of disciplines, drawing on our multidisciplinary faculty and on the complementary strengths of the student cohort, each of whom will be building on literature from different disciplines to answer research questions.

The programme is aimed at providing students with a solid grounding in social science theory and the technical skills needed to leverage new forms of data using new methods to answer real social questions.

This degree will train individuals to develop and adapt techniques such as machine learning to analyse large, structured and unstructured, complex datasets in order to improve decision making and answer social science research questions. Ordinarily, students will be expected to have training similar to that offered within the MSc in Social Data Science, but gaps may be filled with courses from the MSc curriculum as well as other existing courses at the University.

Applications for direct entry into the DPhil programme will open in autumn 2018 with students starting the degree in October 2019. Students wishing to apply for a combined MSc and DPhil programme can apply from autumn 2017 and would start the MSc degree October 2018. Further information about the programme will be released in the coming months.



The DPhil in Social Data Science is designed as a natural continuation of the MSc Social Data Science and offers the opportunity for students to go deeper into a research topic of their choice.

Applicants to the MSc programme who plan to continue on to the DPhil programme at the completion of the MSc are encouraged to apply for both programmes as part of their application by selecting the MSc+DPhil (1+3) Social Data Science when they apply. Continuation to the DPhil portion of the combined MSc+DPhil programme will require that students meet the normal DPhil admissions requirements and any conditions set to progress to the DPhil in Social Data Science.

Students admitted only for the MSc in their first year may later apply to continue on to the DPhil, as may students from other universities who can demonstrate similar preparation at the master’s level elsewhere.

All students will have to complete their master’s, normally with a mark of at least 67%, and will be interviewed about their research proposals in order to progress to the DPhil programme.

Students admitted to the 1+3 programme will be considered for funding for the duration of both degrees.

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