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Welcome to our Open Days

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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If you would like to discuss the programmes with teaching faculty and current students we usually hold two open days a year, in September and November. If you are can’t attend one of the Open Days, our Virtual Open Day is an excellent way for you to find out more about the Oxford Internet Institute.

Virtual Open Day

If you can’t attend one of the Open Days we hold every year then our Virtual Open Day is a excellent way to find out more about the OII and our degree programmes.


Virtual Open Day - No booking needed

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 Eric Meyer, Professor of Social Informatics and Director of Graduate Studies

Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute

Professor Eric Meyer 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).

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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).

View programme page Social Science of the Internet

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.

Application and admissions guidance

Our friendly and expert Graduate Admissions Team is here to help you through the application process, so if you would like any assistance or to discuss your options, please get in touch.

Victoria McDermott, MSc Co-Ordinator: Victoria manages the administrative support for the OII’s MSc Programme, from recruitment and admissions, through to on-course student progression. She is also the Disability Co-Ordinator for the Department.

Laura Maynard, DPhil Co-Ordinator: Laura manages all on-course administration for the OII’s DPhil Programme.

Jordan Davies, Events & Graduate Studies Officer: Jordan administers student recruitment and supports the Graduate Studies Co-Ordinators in providing administrative support for the OII’s teaching programmes, including setting up the new MSc in Social Data Science.

Admissions overview

We understand that applying for graduate study can be an anxious time, but we have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process.

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Meet our Alumni

Discover more Alumni stories

Our students come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds; some might have already spent some time in employment. Former Students shares career highlights, insights, and memories of being a student at the OII.