Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Informatics
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree in: Artificial Intelligence; Cognitive Science; Computer Science. Degrees in these disciplines will also be considered: Education; Electrical Engineering; Psychology; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics. Before applying, you should consult our on-line research portfolio [] to identify a research area that is of interest to you and potential supervisors.

Months of entry


Course content

Informatics is the study of how natural and artifcial systems store, process and communicate information. Research in informatics promises to take information technology to a new level and to place information at the heart of 21st century science, technology and society.
Edinburgh's School of Informatics has an outstanding record of achievement both in research and teaching. It has received top awards in independent assessments of the quality of its work in both areas of activity.
The most recent [2008] Research Assessment Exercise confirmed Edinburgh Informatics as the largest and best Informatics centre in the UK.

Department specialisms

The research draws on concepts from: Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence; Cognitive Science; Informatics; Neuroscience; Linguistics; Psychology; Biology.

Information for international students

Our taught and research postgraduate programmes each include over 100 students, attracting aplicatons from more that 20 non-EU countries. See our international students web page for further information:

Fees and funding

Research Councils, British Council and Commonwealth Studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
0131 650 3091