From September 2015 the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, will be accepting applications for part-time study for the post-graduate MSc degree in Social Science of the Internet. This will enable students to take the degree on a part-time basis, but one that is fully integrated with the full-time MSc programme.

Our MSc programme has a highly multi-disciplinary focus, providing students from a wide variety of backgrounds with an in-depth understanding of the social science concepts, theories and methods required to undertake research or policy analysis about the Internet. Our graduates have secured excellent positions in industry, government, and NGOs, have started up their own companies, and have gone on to pursue doctoral studies at top universities worldwide.

Who is the MSc programme designed for?

Introduced in 2009, the MSc programme in Social Science of the Internet regularly attracts high numbers of excellent applicants. By also offering the option of part-time study we hope to broaden access to Oxford to those who are not able to attend on a full-time basis. The course is particularly designed for:

  • Professionals working in Internet-related fields, and who wish to gain a broader understanding of the societal aspects of the design and use of the Internet
  • Government policy experts who would like to increase their expertise in IT policy and regulation
  • Students wishing to gain the skills and knowledge needed for professional careers in leading technology companies, consulting firms, and the wide variety of businesses that increasingly need employees who understand technology and how people use it
  • Students wishing to pursue a career in Internet communications policy or regulation
  • Students intending to focus on Internet-related research in the further pursuit of a doctoral degree in information, communication, or any of the social sciences

The course content for the part-time degree is identical to that taken by full-time students but will be completed in two years rather than one year. Students will be expected to attend lectures, classes and tutorials in the department for one to two days a week during term-time, and to participate fully in the life of this friendly and dynamic department, both remotely and in person.

The application process is the same as for the full-time programme, and will be done through the Oxford University Admissions website. Please note that admissions for the part-time and full-time programmes are handled separately, and admission to one mode of study does not guarantee admission to the other. Please email teaching@oii.ox.ac.uk for further details about the course and application process.

Programme outline

The course content for the part-time degree is identical to that taken by full-time students but will be completed in two years rather than one year.

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Year 1 Michaelmas Term Social Dynamics of the Internet, Digital Social Research Methods: Methods Core
Hilary Term One 8-week option paper, Two 4-week methods modules
Trinity Term 2000 word thesis proposal
Year 2 Michaelmas Term Internet Technologies and Regulation, Digital Social Research Methods: Statistics Core
Hilary Term One 8-week option paper, Two 4-week methods modules
Trinity Term Final dissertation 10-15K words

Visas / Non-UK Students

The University cannot offer visas to students on this part-time programme, all applicants must be legally resident in the UK or allowed to study here. Students entering the UK on a Dependant Visa, Ancestry Visa, or a Working Visa should also be eligible to study on the course. For further information, please refer to https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas

This page was last modified on 28 March 2017