Master of Science by Coursework in Social Science of the Internet (Full-time)

  • 1. Candidates must follow for three terms a course of instruction in Social Science of the Internet.

  • 2. The examination will be in eleven parts, as follows:

    • Part 1: Compulsory core methods paper in ‘Digital Social Research Methods: Methods Core’ assessed by written coursework. Details of and arrangements for submission of the written coursework shall be notified to candidates by the end of 4th week of Michaelmas Term

    • Part 2: Compulsory core paper in ‘Digital Social Research Methods: Statistics Core’ assessed by examinations.

    • Parts 3-6: Four (4) methods option modules, to be chosen from a list to be published on the Oxford Internet Institute annually by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term. Students will normally select two modules from the first four-week period and two modules from the second four-week period of the list. Students wishing to take three options during a single four-week period must first seek permission from the Director of Graduate Studies. Not all methods options may be available every year. The methods option papers will be assessed by arrangements which are specified in the reading lists for each module, details and arrangements for submission of which shall be notified to candidates by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term.

    • Part 7: Compulsory core paper in ‘Social Dynamics of the Internet’, assessed by examination.

    • Part 8: Compulsory core paper in ‘Internet Technologies and Regulation’, assessed by examination.

    • Part 9-10: Two (2) option papers, to be chosen from a list to be published on the Oxford Internet Institute website annually by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term. Not all options may be available every year. The option papers will be assessed by arrangements which are specified in the reading lists for each paper, details of and arrangements for submission of which shall be notified to candidates by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term.

    • Part 11: A thesis not to exceed 15,000 words on a topic within the subject of the course, to be specified jointly by supervisor and student, and approved by the director of the course and the Board of Examiners. The thesis must be submitted via WebLearn by noon of the weekday on or nearest to the 1st of August of the year in which the degree is to be taken.

  • 3. All written assignments must be uploaded to the course WebLearn site by the times and dates specified at the start of the course. Each submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

  • 4. The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

  • 5. The examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them.

Oxford 1+1 MBA programme

Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three-month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:

(i) Normally two meetings during the bridging programme with the senior advisor appointed by the Saïd Business School at the start of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme.

(ii) A formatively assessed Integrative Development Plan of up to 3,000 words. Candidates would be required to critically reflect on their learning from the Masters programme and relate this both to their forthcoming MBA programme as well as to their career goals. The meetings with the advisor will frame the design, delivery and discussion of the plan.

(iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.