The objective of Web Science is to understand how the Web evolves and to understand how we can make the Web a better tool for our individual needs, for society, and for our organisations. For this purpose, we must look at the Web from an interdisciplinary perspective. We need
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The Web Science Curriculum at University of Koblenz-Landau is the first of its kind at a German university. It puts a strong emphasis on computer science, but builds bridges especially to economics and the social sciences. The studying efforts split up between the different disciplines are as follows:
A more detailed overview is presented in the modules table of the Web Science curriculum, though by the very dynamic nature of the Web Science subject the curriculum is shaped to allow for new topics entering the curriculum at any term.
Start your Web Science studies in fall 2012. Be prepared to apply for the programme by middle of July 2012 - though applications are welcome on an ongoing basis, admittance being possible until available places are filled or the term starts. International students should apply with UNI-ASSIST. Others should apply directly with the university. Educational requirement of the Master program is a Bachelor in Computer Science, Computer Visualistics, Business Informatics or any other related degree (after individual assessment).
Tuition for the Web Science programme is free. The university raises a fee of € 109,- per term (minor changes to this fee may apply in the future), which includes local bus transport between inner parts of town and some other services. A limited number of teaching and/or research assistantships are available each term and may be given based on academic merits earned in previous terms.
Job prospects or Ph.D.: Graduates from Institute WeST have found lucrative positions in Google, Ernst & Young, Software AG or Bosch, to name but a few companies, they have started their own companies (e.g. Kreuzverweis, Alperion), or they continued for a Ph.D. abroad or in Koblenz. Institute WeST has a limited number of places available each year for pursueing a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on Web Science. Admission to the doctoral programme follows an excellent master's degree in Web Science or computer science or closely related discipline. If you excel earning a master's degree in Web Science you will be in pole position for continuing with doctoral studies.
International Studies: The Institute WeST - Web Science & Technologies - is founding member of the Web Science Trust Network of research labs including prestigious labs in USA (MIT, USC, ...), Brasil, Korea, China and several European countries (Oxford, Southampton, Galway,...). You may benefit by spending parts of your studies there.
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