The University of Southampton


MSc Cyber Security

There is currently a worldwide shortage of skilled practitioners in cyber security. In the UK, the National Audit Office recently named "addressing the UK's current and future ICT and cyber security skills gap" as a "key challenge", whilst at a time when cybercrime “as-a-service” is on a steep rise, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skill calls for companies to make of cyber security a Board level responsibility. Our MSc is specifically designed to give students a well-rounded, multi-disciplinary view of the subject area, embracing not only the technical subjects, but also aspects of criminology, risk management, law and social sciences. We believe a broad grounding in cyber security will give our students a key advantage in the marketplace.

MSc Data Science

MSc Data Science prepares you to become a proficient data scientist, developing your specialist knowledge in subjects that are crucial for mastering the vast and ever-so-complex information landscape that is characteristic to modern, digitally empowered organisations. This is typically linked to a number of core areas of expertise, from the ability to operate high-performance computing clusters and cloud-based infrastructures, to the know-how that is required to devise and apply sophisticated Big Data analytics techniques, and the creativity involved in designing powerful visualizations. You will be exposed to advanced topics such as data mining, feature engineering, multimedia data, topic modelling, social network analysis, spectral analysis and data visualization.

MSc Web Science

MSc Web Science uses multidisciplinary techniques to explore the impact of the web on all aspects of human society, from the individual right through to national and global scales. This programme addresses the technologies that are used to build the web and analytical techniques from the social sciences that are used to understand its impact on society.

MSc Web Technology

This programme studies the Web as a foundational technology for the digital economy, including the architecture and services that support a mobile infrastructure of social networks and big data services. Since the inception of the web, there have been two key major developments: social networking platforms, and the data web. You will have the opportunity to study fundamental technologies, their applications in e-business and web services; and related topics such as security, cryptography, intelligent agents, interaction design and distributed computing systems. The course specialises in web system development.

PhD Computer Science

You can join our Web research by joining our doctoral programme, leading to a PhD in Computer Science. You will be supervised by an expert in one of our research fields in a three year research training programme. 

iPhD Web Science

The iPhD Web Science will equip students to become leaders in the emerging Digital Economy by combining masters and doctoral education with additional opportunities, including guest speakers, summer schools, workshops and external collaboration.

The course begins with a one-year full-time taught MSc in Web Science to give a broad basis for understanding the technology of the Web and the social context in which the technology operates.  The remaining interdisciplinary three year research programme is jointly supervised by academic staff from two or more subject areas. A wide range of disciplines can be combined to suit the individual research interests of each student, including Computer Science, Law, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Business, Medicine Education and Geography.