University of Edinburgh: School of Informatics

University of Edinburgh
School of Informatics


University of EdinburghThe School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is a world-class institution for teaching and research. The School produced more internationally excellent research (4* and 3*) for computer science and informatics than any other university in the UK, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). It is also one of the largest computer science departments in Europe.

Facilities and resources
The Informatics Forum is an award winning purpose-built research facility located in the city centre, on the University's main campus. The Forum sits alongside the newly refurbished and extended computing laboratories at Appleton Tower are used for Informatics Labs and Tutorials plus private study outside scheduled class times.

Postgraduate degrees offered

  • 1-year taught Masters
  • 2-year taught Masters
  • 1-year research - Masters By Research
  • 2-year research - MPhil
  • 3-year research - Doctorate (PhD)
  • 4-year combined MSc/PhD (EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training)

We also have a number of online distance learning courses relating to Data Science.

Entry requirements
First/upper second class degree or equivalent.

Taught MSc degrees
The School offers a wide choice of over 50 course options within taught, modular MSc degrees in:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Informatics
  • Design Informatics
  • Advanced Design Informatics (2 years)

Research degrees
When applying to do research, it is important to choose a topic you feel passionate about and to find out as much as you can about the research group you will be working with.

The School of Informatics attracts world-leading researchers who come together in six specialist institutes:

In addition to the research institutes, whose academics supervise Research Masters, MPhil and PhD students, there are three EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training which offer four-year combined MSc/PhD programmes in:

Funding opportunities
All three EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training offer a number of fully-funded places on their MSc/PhD programmes.

In addition, the School offers a number of scholarships:

What do current students think?
Andreea Radulescu moved to Edinburgh to study for an MSc in Intelligent Robotics at the School of Informatics and stayed to do a PhD.

Andreea says:
“I decided to remain not just because of the research facilities offered and the University’s prestige as a major educational and scientific development centre, but also because of the great atmosphere in the School.

"Edinburgh is a lovely city to live in, the social life is incredibly varied and no matter what your tastes and hobbies are, there’s bound to be something suited to your needs.”

Find out more
For more thoughts from Andreea and information on all the School’s postgraduate opportunities, visit the website

Contact details
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Forrest Hill
5 Forrest Road

Contacts for research degrees
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3091
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 2957

Contacts for taught Masters
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5194
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 2957

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