Our core disciplines
Degrees from the School of Informatics offer our students flexibility and the chance to study a wide variety of subjects.
The core values that define Informatics can be divided into four main areas:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the attempt to build artificial systems that have intelligent behaviour. There are two main directions of research. One is to understand natural intelligence by the use of computer models. The other provides techniques and technology for building systems capable of intelligent decisions and actions.
Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary attempt to understand the human mind. If focuses on abilities such as reasoning, perception, memory, awareness and judgment and the connections between them. Cognitive Science brings together scholars from a variety of subject areas such as informatics, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience and psychology.
Computer Science is an intellectually challenging subject, underpinning the core technologies of the 21st century. Its scope ranges from the design of programming languages and algorithms, to models of computation, and the study of the limits of computation — what can we compute, what resources (time and space) are required? The subject has its roots in mathematics and logic, which are used to express and reason about models of computation.
Software Engineering tackles the critical problem of building complex computer applications that can be implemented and deployed effectively and economically. With a deep understanding of these issues, you will have the key skills required to design the software of the future.