Peking University—University of Edinburgh 3+2 degree programme

Overview of Edinburgh School of Informatics 3+2 Degree Programme with Peking University

Information for students starting in 2018

Introduction to the programme

The University of Edinburgh School of Informatics and the Peking University School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science have agreed a shared degree programme. Selected PKU students who have completed the first three years of their degree programme at Peking University can apply to come to the University of Edinburgh for a further two years of study. On successful completion of the programme they will receive both a BSc from Peking and an MInf from Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh programme

Students on the programme follow the normal 4th and 5th year of the Master of Informatics (MInf) programme. This is made up of both normal courses and a substantial project, spread over the two years. A list of possible projects and supervisors for 2018 will be made available in Spring.

Master of Informatics (MInf) programme

Programme application process and entry requirements

Early in 2018 Prof. Guo will circulate an invitation to apply. Edinburgh require the equivalent of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (US 4-point scale) and a good working knowledge of English (see below).

An Edinburgh representative will visit Beijing in late March 2018 for interviews—applicants will be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a transcript of their first 2 1/2 years of study in advance.

Successful applicants will be notified within a week.

English language requirement

Successful applicants must either already have taken, or arrange to take as quickly as possible, either the IELTS Academic module, with an overall score of at least 6.5, and at least 5.5 in each component; or the TOEFL IBT, with an overall score of 92 or above and at least 20 in each section.

University of Edinburgh application

Successful applicants must then formally apply to the University of Edinburgh for direct entry into 4th year, which will be automatically approved once the necessary English language qualification is reported.

Early arrival for presession

All new participants in the programme must arrive in the summer of 2018 and undertake a presession programme including both advanced English language study and preparation for being a student at Edinburgh, as well as social and cultural activities.


All participants in the programme receive an annual scholarship of £3000. In year 1 this covers the cost of the presession. In year 2 it is given directly to the student.

Design Informatics Specialisation 

If you would like to specialise in Design Informatics, we recommend that you take the following courses:

  • Year 4, Semester 1: Introductory Applied Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction (30 credits)
  • Year 4, Semester 2: The Human Factor (10 credits)
  • Year 5, Semester 1: Case Studies in Design Informatics 1 (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Design Informatics (40 credits in Year 4 + 40 credits in Year 5)

The Peking degree

All students are required to complete the course requirements of their chosen track from Peking University. After completion of their first year in Edinburgh, students are required to return to China, submit a bachelor’s thesis (in Chinese) and defend their thesis in order to receive their Peking University degree.

Who to contact

Please contact Dr Maria Wolters for more information.

Maria Wolters


Please contact Maria on WeChat (mariawolters) with your name and the programme you are interested in to be added to the WeChat group.