University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


Students on this course study how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information. There is choice of courses, spanning established disciplines such as cognitive and computer science as well as emerging areas such as bioinformatics.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 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; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

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 Master's); dissertation. Students choose a specialist area within the programme, which determines the choice of a 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; learning from data; natural language processing; neural computation and neuroinformatics; theoretical computer science.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 22,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Informatics Teaching Organisation
Telephone number: 
0131 650 5194