[For students starting from MT 2016: Master of Science by Coursework in Social Science of the Internet (Part-time)

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

    2. The examination will be in eleven parts, split over two years as follows:

    • (i) First year:

      • [For students starting from MT 2016: 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.]

      • [For students starting from MT 2016: Parts 3-4: Two 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 one module from the first four-week period and one module from the second four-week period of the list. Students wishing to take more than two options during a single year 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.]

      • [For students starting before MT 2016: (a)] [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 7:] Compulsory core paper in ‘Social Dynamics of the Internet’, assessed by examination.

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (b) Compulsory core methods paper in ‘Digital Social Research Methods: Methods Core’ assessed by written coursework. Details of and arrangements for submission of the written course work shall be notified to candidates by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term.]

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (c)] [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 9:] One option paper, 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 [For students starting before MT 2016: written coursework,] [For students starting from MT 2016: 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.

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (d) Two 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.]

    • In addition, students will be required to write a 2,000 word thesis proposal during Trinity Term and the long vacation, to be submitted by noon on Monday of week 1 of their second year. Students will give a formal presentation of their thesis proposal and will receive written formative feedback from a member of faculty other than their supervisor.

      (ii) Second year:

      • [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 2: Compulsory core paper in ‘Digital Social Research Methods: Statistics Core’ assessed by examinations.]

      • [For students starting from MT 2016: Parts 5-6: Two further 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 one module from the first four-week period and one module from the second four-week period of the list. Students wishing to take more than two options during a single year 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.]

      • [For students starting before MT 2016: (e)] [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 8:]Compulsory core paper in ‘Internet Technologies and Regulation’, assessed by examination.

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (f) Compulsory core paper in ‘Digital Social Research Methods: Statistics Core’ assessed by examinations.]

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (g)] [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 10:]One further option paper, 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 [For students starting before MT 2016: written coursework,] [For students starting from MT 2016: 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.

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (h) Two further 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.]

        [For students starting before MT 2016: (i)] [For students starting from MT 2016: Part 11:]A thesis [For students starting before MT 2016: of between 10,000 and] [For students starting from MT 2016: 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 [For students starting before MT 2016: programme director. Two written copies of the thesis must be delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford,] [For students starting from MT 2016: 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. [For students starting before MT 2016: Successful candidates will be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford Internet Institute Library.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2016: 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.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2016: 3.][For students starting from MT 2016: 4.] The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

  • [For students starting before MT 2016: 4.][For students starting from MT 2016: 5.]The examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them.