University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Design Informatics

Design informatics focuses on designing with data. This course is run in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art through the newly formed Centre for Design Informatics. On this programme students learn how to build computational systems as well as the principles of design thinking and making. Through case studies of real-life products students apply their knowledge in a practical way, developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and take a product to market.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology, plus experience in computer programming. If English is not the 1st language, students must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS academic module, 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL internet-based test, total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section); PTE, 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section); CPE grade C; CAE grade B.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: design for informatics; case studies in design informatics; designing with data; design informatics project; design informatics, histories and futures; dissertation. Optional courses: advanced natural language processing; computer graphics; extreme computing; introduction to vision and robotics; text technologies; advanced databases; automatic speech recognition; data mining and exploration; informatics entrepreneurship and digital marketplace. Individual research project; and dissertation.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 24,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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Key information

School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
Telephone number: 
0131 650 5194