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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.

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.

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

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.

Career opportunities

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.


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

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