Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

MInf Informatics (5-year undergraduate Masters Programme)

UCAS code: G500

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Informatics

College: Science and Engineering


Introducing MInf Informatics (5-year undergraduate Masters Programme)

Our flagship MInf provides an integrated programme taking you to a masters level qualification over five years. You will gain a breadth of experience across all areas of informatics as well as the opportunity for in-depth masters-level study in your chosen area of specialisation.

The first three years are similar to our BSc and BEng programmes, providing a firm foundation for advanced study in informatics. A diverse range of topics is covered including areas of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science, as well as computational links to linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and biology.

The final two years of study include many specialised course options and a personal project. The final year offers access to a wide range of masters-level courses given by leaders in their chosen fields.


Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accredited by the British Computer Society.

Year 1

You will be introduced to basic principles of programming and computation.

You will learn how information can be represented and processed in computer systems, as well as fundamental techniques to manage data and solve problems using computer programs.

The year also includes courses in mathematics necessary for all areas of informatics. Together these form the foundations of more in-depth study of computation in future years.

You can choose option courses from various schools across the University.

Year 2

You will build on Year 1, covering more advanced programming and data structures, together with related mathematics.

Courses offered will develop greater understanding of software development, decision making, learning from data, and the internals of computers or computer systems.

Option courses are available from various schools across the University.

Year 3

Your studies will become more focused and you will have more choice in selecting specialised courses according to your own interests from a range of options across all areas of informatics.

Coursework assignments typically provide you with experience in practical work, independent problem solving, and group work.

Your exact curriculum depends on your selected courses; options offered in recent years include courses in robotics, computer security, machine learning, operating systems, computer networks, and around 10 others.

Year 4

You will continue to study courses from across Informatics that match your interests and will also start on a project that you will develop in Years 4 and 5. You may also choose one course from a different subject area.

Year 5

Similar to Year 4, you will take further advanced courses and continue to develop your project.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2020/21)

Our facilities

You will be based within the School of Informatics, with lectures, tutorials and classes held in Appleton Tower, which provides purpose-built facilities and dedicated learning and teaching spaces, all located in the University's Central Area.

You will have 24-hour access to computer laboratories and quality software support is available.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes.

In later years you will spend more time working on projects that involve building computer systems from scratch, developing systems, doing experimental work or working on more theoretical topics with guidance from your supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework assignments, larger projects and exams. Some project work will be undertaken individually and some together with other students.

You will complete a large individual project in your final year (or final two years for MInf students).

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2020/21)

Our graduates have excellent career prospects in IT industry and beyond.

They comfortably secure roles such as software engineer, hardware engineer, app developer, web developer, and programmer but also increasingly: data analyst/scientist or business analyst in the financial sector.

Popular employers include: Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, SkyScanner, Intel, ARM, Samsung, NVIDIA, Keysight, RockStar North as well as RBS, JP Morgans, Citigroup.

Other industries and professions that rely heavily on computing systems, including media (e.g. BBC), communications (Ericsson, Huawei), energy (British Gas) and medicine (Canon Medical Systems) are all potential employers for the School of Informatics graduates.

Our school has a record number of startups & spinouts over the last ten years including those set up by our alumni, such as Fanduel, Robotical or PlayerData.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - AAB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at A. Advanced Higher Mathematics is recommended. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

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Tuition fees for MInf Informatics (5-year undergraduate Masters Programme)

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School: Informatics

College: Science and Engineering