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Computer Science - MSc


Course Description

Programme description

This MSc will give you specialist knowledge in the design, implementation and use of computing systems ranging from the components of a single processor to computer networks as vast as the internet.

You will gain a solid foundation in theoretical understanding and learn a wide variety of practical techniques that you could use in varied career settings.

Programme structure

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.

You will choose a 'specialist area' within the programme, which will determine the choice of your optional courses. The specialist areas are:

  • Analytical and Scientific Databases
  • Computer Systems, Software Engineering, and High Performance Computing
  • Programming Languages
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Privacy

Compulsory courses:

  • Informatics Research Review
  • Informatics Research Proposal
  • Introduction to Java Programming (for students who do not already meet the programming requirements for the taught masters)
  • Dissertation

There are more than 50 optional courses to choose from, such as:

  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning
  • Extreme Computing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Networking
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Parallel Architectures
  • Parallel Programming Languages and Systems
  • Software Architecture, Process and Management
  • Algorithmic Game Theory and its Applications
  • Computer Algebra
  • Computational Complexity

Career opportunities

Through this programme you will develop specialist, advanced skills in the development, construction and management of advanced computer systems.

You will gain practical experience and a thorough theoretical understanding of the field making you attractive to a wide range of employers or preparing you for further academic study.


Visit the Computer Science - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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. ). All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

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