We offer six taught masters (MSc) programmes at the School of Informatics.

Our Programmes

Potential New Programmes

Please see the information and survey at the foot of this page about some potential new programmes at Informatics.

About our Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science Programmes

Each programme contains a number of courses. Some of these courses are compulsory but the majority are optional so students can pick and chose what they would like to study. We offer around 50 courses at masters level, grouped into the following specialist areas:

  • Analytical and Scientific Databases
  • Bioinformatics, Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Systems, Software Engineering & High-Performance Computing
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Knowledge Management, Representation and Reasoning
  • Learning from Data
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Computation and Neuroinformatics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

All successful candidates will enrol on our taught MSc programme in September. Full time students spend the first nine months participating in a series of taught modular courses, typically involving attendance at four to six lectures a week, with a range of additional tutorials and laboratory sessions dependant on your course choice.

These courses can be assessed in a variety of ways, although are likely to involve some combination of coursework assignment submissions, an end of year examination and self-conducted background reading.

Students spend the final three months of the course concentrating on a major individual research dissertation, supported by an academic supervisor. The final dissertation contributes towards a third of your overall degree.

MSc programmes are also available part-time, over three years.

Flexibility is a key aspect of our MSc programmes, encouraging students to choose from a wide range of courses delivered, taught both within and outwith the Informatics subject area. Students will be given unlimited access to a specialist area advisor who can help with the construction of a viable selection of compatible courses.

About our Design Informatics Programmes

Our Design Informatics and Advanced Design Informatics programmes are both new for 2013. They are run in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art and aim to provide students with an understanding of how to build computational systems as well as teaching them the relevant principles of design thinking and making.

Through case studies of real life products, students apply their knowledge in a practical way, thus developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and take a product to market.

The MSc in Design Informatics

A one year programme where students attend lectures, tutorials and group practicals and acquire the theoretical foundation to enable them to engage in independent research. Students are also involved with the preparation of case studies and team projects. Students complete the degree by undertaking a major individual research project on which they write a dissertation. The project is normally supervised by a member of academic staff, with assistance from his/her research team.

The MSc in Advanced Design Informatics

A 21 month programme, this has a similar context to the one year MSc but with a summer commercial or public sector placement. The defining feature of this MSc is that it combines a theoretical exploration of Design Informatics with a practical understanding of how to deliver a product. Our students will work on individual projects, and in teams, with entrepreneurs and companies, and latterly, they will lead a team of year-1 students.

Further Information

Detailed information about all our courses, including timetables, lecture notes, past exam papers and examples of previous student dissertations, is available on the MSc programme website.

Related Masters Programmes

We also collaborate on the following MSc programmes:

The University also offers online distance learning courses in Imaging:

Potential New Programmes

The University of Edinburgh is considering launching new postgraduate opportunities in informatics . These would be offered by distance education for students who cannot or do not wish to study full-time on-campus. The areas include Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Robotics

We have set up a short survey and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in these programmes. Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of the new programmes, and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so we can keep you up to date on any developments.

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