Department of Informatics

Undergraduate study

Informatics at Sussex encompasses not just computer science and software systems, but also artificial intelligence, bio-inspired computing, cognitive science, computer games development, digital media technologies, and IT for business and finance.

Placement year

The industrial placement year leads to the award 'BSc/MComp X (with an Industrial Placement Year)'.

Our courses have the flexibility to allow you to follow your interests in any of these areas and more, ensuring that you graduate with specialist subject knowledge – as well as the creative and problem-solving skills you will need to work with the technology of tomorrow.

All our BSc degrees consist of three years of study. You can also apply for Computer Science MComp, which consists of four years of study. The degrees are structured to allow transfers between them at any point up to the start of the second year, and between Computer Science BSc and MComp at any point up to the end of the second year. If you want to study Computer Science but are unsure about whether to apply for the BSc or the MComp, see our advice on which course is right for you.

All of the degrees can include an industrial placement year (taken after the second year and lengthening the degree by a year).

If you have the ambition to undertake a degree in Informatics but are unable to meet the entry requirements for one of our named courses, our foundation year could enable you to achieve your goal.


International students who do not meet our standard entry requirements can apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, and follow a computing pathway tailored for progression to one of our BSc courses. Read more about international Informatics students at Sussex.

For prospective students who already have a bachelors' level qualification or equivalent experience, we also offer Masters Degrees (MSc) and Doctoral Degrees (PhD).