Undergraduate study - 2025 entry
Edinburgh: Extraordinary futures await.

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 ranked 20th in the world and 4th in the UK for Computer Science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

  • You will be able to tailor your experience to your interests and be in control of your learning by choosing from a wide range of courses, from the theoretical to those that let you apply what you learn.

  • Our flagship Master's 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 Master's level courses delivered by leaders in their fields.

I was drawn to study Computer Science because of the diverse range of courses available, including theoretical and practical options. This has allowed me to discover my interests and helped me to make informed decisions about my future career path.

Ojaswee Bajracharya 4th year, BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Ojaswee Bajracharya 4th year, BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Introducing Computer Science (Informatics)

We called our department the School of Informatics because we study and research more than just computer science. 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.

What can you study at the School of Informatics?

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

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

What you will learn

Studying at the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics provides you with a strong foundation in computer science. You will also gain 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.

Master of Informatics (MInf)

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

What it's really like to study at the School of Informatics

No one knows what it is like to study here more than the students themselves. You can read about our students’ experience and follow us on social media to learn more about studying in the School of Informatics.

Read the blog 'Informatics Student Tips'

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