Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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Subject area: Computer Science (Informatics)

Why choose Computer Science (Informatics) at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The School of Informatics is the largest Informatics research centre in Europe. We are currently ranked 25th in the world for Computer Science in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 (5th in the UK).

  • We offer a wide range of courses, from theoretical to strongly application-oriented. This allows you to tailor your experience to your interests and be in control of your learning.

  • Our flagship Masters in Informatics programme builds on the firm foundations gained in the first three years, with advanced courses and project work experience. The final year (Year 5) offers access to a wide range of masters level courses delivered by leaders in their fields.

Computer science is about solving logical problems. I see it as a sequence of challenges I can get progressively good at breaking, and that attracts me. It is at the core of everyone’s life nowadays.

Pedro Domingos-Teixeira 4th year BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Pedro Domingos-Teixeira 4th year BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Introducing Computer Science (Informatics)

Informatics is the study of information, computation and communication. This can apply to artificial systems, such as computers, or natural systems such as brains, genes and living cells.

We offer programmes in:

  • computer science
  • artificial intelligence
  • software engineering
  • cognitive science

We also offer a five-year Informatics programme, which includes all these disciplines.

Studying at the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics provides you with a strong foundation in computer science. We offer a new perspective on the ways computational thinking can be applied to different settings.

You will develop a solid scientific understanding of computer-based systems and gain the practical skills to analyse, design, implement and maintain them in any setting.

Our MInf programme allows you to study to masters level as an undergraduate. You will take advanced courses; study subjects in depth and choose from a broad range of topics.