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Welcome to our Open Days

We are the only major department in a top-ranked international university to offer multi-disciplinary social science degree programmes focusing on the Internet and digital data. If you are thinking about applying for one of our programmes at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, you are invited to come to one of the department’s Open Days.

Meet our faculty and find out about our Masters and Doctoral programmes, their content and structure, and the admissions process. Our current students and alumni will also share some of their experiences of Oxford life.

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Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies

We are an innovative department and have deliberately sought to create a teaching environment that is welcoming, supportive and stimulating for all our students. The Oxford Internet Institute is the only major department in a top-ranked international university to offer multi-disciplinary social science degree programmes focusing on the Internet, attracting top students drawn from a variety of different disciplines. Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute is a unique experience where you can benefit from the many disciplines represented and leave equipped for careers in exciting and dynamic sectors such as technology industries, journalism, finance, law and academia.

Professor Greg Taylor, Director of Graduate Studies

Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute

Professor Greg Taylor provides an overview of the Oxford Internet Institute a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet, as well introducing our degree programmes.

This includes our MSc in Social Science of the Internet, MSc in Social Data Science, DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences and DPhil in Social Data Science (starting in 2019).

Our Degree programmes

MSc in Social Science of the Internet

The MSc in Social Science of the Internet provides an in-depth understanding of the social science concepts, theories and methods required to undertake and assess rigorous empirical research or policy analysis of Internet-related issues.

In addition to core papers in Internet social dynamics, technologies and regulation, statistics and research methods, students choose from a variety of specialist options papers such as Internet law, economics, governance and politics, social networks, or more advanced study of Internet methods. In their third term, students undertake original research in their own area of interest.

Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2 years).

Sample courses

Our faculty have expertise spanning a wide range of social, economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues relating to the Internet. A sample of some of the courses is shown here. You can find a full list of courses on the programme pages.

The Philosophy and Ethics of Information

This option course for the OII MSc in "Social Science of the Internet" examines the philosophy and ethics of Information, its problems, approaches, and methods.

Student Life

What’s it like to be a student at the Oxford Internet Institute? Our students share their experiences of life in Oxford.

The City of Oxford

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.

Oxford is also home to many historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral and the colleges.

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.