Programme website: Informatics
Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information. Edinburgh has a long-standing tradition of world-class research and teaching in informatics, a discipline central to a new enlightenment in scholarship and learning, and critical to the future development of science, technology and society.
This is our most sought-after taught MSc. We offer a wide choice of courses, spanning established disciplines such as cognitive and computer science as well as emerging areas such as bioinformatics. The programme takes full advantage of our expertise in research and teaching, including specialisms unique to Edinburgh.
You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.
- Informatics Research Review
- Informatics Project Proposal
- Introduction to Java Programming (for students who do not already meet the programming requirements for the taught masters)
You will choose a ‘specialist area’ within the programme, which will determine the choice of your optional courses:
- Analytical and Scientific Databases
- Bioinformatics Systems and Synthetic Biology
- Cognitive Science, Computer Systems, Software Engineering and High Performance Computing
- Intelligent Robotics
- Agents, Knowledge and Data
- Machine Learning
- Natural Language Understanding
- Neural Computation and Neuroinformatics
- Programming Languages
- Theoretical Computer Science
There are 100 optional courses available to MSc Informatics students, including courses within specialist areas unique to the programme.
Find out more about compulsory and optional courses
We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.
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Our graduates are well regarded by potential employers worldwide. Many go on to work in the technology industry as software engineers, IT consultants, programmers and developers, and may work with the software and hardware giants that have become household names. Others go on to further study and research. Recent graduates are now employed as software developers and engineers, programmers, games designers and analysts for companies including Airbus, Citigroup, NCR Corporation, BT and Skyscanner..
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology, plus experience in computer programming.
During your degree you must have completed the equivalent to 60 credits of mathematics that have typically covered the following subjects/topics: Calculus (differentiation and integration), Linear Algebra (vectors and multi-dimensional matrices), Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical reasoning (eg. Induction and reasoning, Graph theoretic models, proofs), and Probability (concepts in discrete and continuous probabilities, Markov Chains etc. )
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
- PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
- CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 to secure their place on the programme by 31st March.
Any applicants who are required to pay will receive an offer with full details. If there is no information on your offer about the deposit you are not required to pay. The deposit has to be paid by 31st March for offers made by 1st March, within 28 days for offers made before 30th June and within 14 days for those offers made from 1st July onwards.
Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:
- Postgraduate Loans and bursaries for Scottish/EU students
- School of Informatics Masters Scholarships
Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:
This programme is not currently accepting applications.
Start date: September
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
Due to the high number of applications received, applications for 2018 entry will close on 18 May 2018.
After this point all applicants who have submitted a completed application (including those from previous selection deadline rounds) will be notified on the outcome of their application. Final decisions are expected by 13 July 2018.
|1||7 December 2017|
|2||8 February 2018|
|3||19 April 2018|
|4||18 May 2018 – final application point|
(Revised 24 April 2018 to reflect a change in the final application deadline information).
- School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
- 6th Floor, Appleton Tower
- Central Campus
- EH8 9LE