4 February 2019
RECORDS MANAGEMENT SECTION
The University of Edinburgh
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Dear Shan Ouyang
Freedom of information request
Thank you for your two emails of 11 January 2019 requesting information about
applicants to MSc High Performance Computing and MSc High Performance Computing
with Data Science.
The University of Edinburgh is a global university, rooted in Scotland. We are globally
recognised for our research, development and innovation and we have provided world-
class teaching to our students for more than 425 years. We are the largest university in
Scotland and in 2017/18 our annual revenue was £984 million, of which over £279 million
was research income. We have over 41,000 students and over 10,200 full-time
equivalent staff. We are a founding member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading
research universities and a member of the League of European Research Universities.
The School of Informatics provides students a good foundation in computer science and
offers a new perspective on ways that computational thinking can be applied to different
settings. Students develop a solid scientific understanding, and the practical skills
required to analyse, design, implement and maintain computer-based systems in any
setting. More information about the School of Informatics is available on the University’s
website at www.ed.ac.uk/informatics.
For each of the last five years, you requested application, offer, acceptance, and entry
statistics for the postgraduate degree programmes High Performance Computing (MSc
full-time) and High Performance Computing with Data Science (MSc full-time). You also
requested this information for international applicants. I have interpreted ‘international
applicants’ as those applicants with an overseas fee status. More information about fee
status is published on our website at www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/fees-
The requested information is provided in tables 1 and 2 below.
Please note that I have used unconditional firm acceptances as a measure for entrants.
UNIVERSITY SECRETARY Ms Sarah Smith
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336
Table 1: High Performance Computing (MSc) admissions statistics, 2014/15 to 2018/19
Table 2: High Performance Computing with Data Science (MSc) admissions statistics,
2014/15 to 2018/19
You will see that I have not provided the exact number of entrants where the number is
fewer than five. This is because disclosing these low numbers could enable individuals to
be identified. This would breach the data protection principles set out in the Data
Protection Act 1998. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 does not require
us to provide this sort of information as it is exempt under section 38(1)(b).
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