School of Informatics
Welcome to the School of Informatics. We are at the forefront of international excellence and leadership in education and research for the computing and information professions.
Our philosophy of excellence underlies our commitment to delivering cutting edge courses which equip our graduates with the high level thinking, learning and practical skills they need to succeed in business today.
Benefiting from our central London location, we focus on our relationships with partners in industry and the professional world of business, government, arts and heritage. Our research-led solutions range from software and systems engineering, through human centred design, to the practices of information management from data to documentation.
Our graduates have one of the highest rates of employment and earn competitive salaries throughout the information sector, securing positions in long-established key companies and the brightest start-ups.
- Over 87% of our postgraduate students were employed within six months of graduation - compared to the national average of 78% (HESA statistics, 2010)
- Over 70% of our undergraduate students were employed within six months of graduation - compared to the national average of 68.7% (HESA statistics, 2010)
Our Areas of Expertise:
- Software and Systems Engineering
- Human-Centric Systems
- Business (information intensive) Computing
- Library and Information Science
Informatics students benefit from excellent work-based learning opportunities - combined with unrivalled support from our dedicated Professional Liaison Unit:
- Up to six months' internship experience for postgraduate students.
City's School of Informatics plays a significant role in the university's broad-based engagement with Tech City - the cluster of well over a thousand digital sector businesses growing around our campuses in inner East London. The Professional Liaison Unit forges links directly with startups and influential corporates to ensure there are placement opportunities in the local environment for many SOI students to combine real workplace experience and projects with their studies. The School is also a regular host of hackathons, gamejams and meetups, linking students and staff to innovative and creative professionals from around London and providing a welcoming location for new ideas to thrive. In applied research, the City Interaction Lab leads contact with the technology sector, and has a wide range of commercial ties delivering services and support for design and development. The Lab is a business-facing part of the School's Centre for HCI Design, one of London's largest human computer interaction related research groups. Academics from across the School are also centrally involved in City Unrulyversity, an innovative pop-up university launched in early 2013 which offers weekly after-hours knowledge sessions for startups and their founders on the premises of media company Unruly, located in Brick Lane.
Since 2010 City University London has been involved as a core sponsor of the annual "Digital Shoreditch" festival, which brings together thousands of practitioners and entrepreneurs from across the digital industries in London and beyond, and typically features strong input from the School's academics and students.