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Design Informatics

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
35900 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


The practice within the Design Informatics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is experimental, speculative and critical, informed through research and industry. We create inquisitive, professional and articulate problem solvers and entrepreneurs as graduates, leading applied data driven futures with a global reach.


We play with making physical and digital artefacts and experimental data things. We build, test, hack and re-interpret what data means to society, and where design has opportunity to shape future thinking for challenge lead enquiry.

Data Informatics sits within the Institute of Design Informatics and is informed by research practice and industry partnership across Edinburgh College of Art, and School of Informatics.

What will I study?

Within Design Informatics, we critically explore a world facilitated and experienced through data as a lens to being human. Our bodies, cities, architecture, and cultures are embedded with data.

Both data and design are implicit to our approach to creating new experiences and artefacts. We explore these areas with data technologies as our material including Internet of Things, AI and Machine learning, blockchain, immersive experiences and physical computing. We ask questions, explore industry challenges, and interrogate ideas by hacking material and immaterial data things to create real-world, yet future facing speculative artefacts and experiences.

Career opportunities

This Design Informatics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will enable you to engage across a wide range of fields that exploit the intersection between:

  • data science

    • Design
    • information technology
    • Experience and immersive design
    • Programmable matter

The programme will open a host of opportunities in working with:

  • companies
  • charities
  • the public sector

For those who wish to stay in academia, the course provides a solid foundation for a PhD in related areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Informatics: Histories and Futures
  • Data Science for Design
  • Case Studies in Design Informatics  
  • Design with Data and a Design Informatics Project (both likely to include work with an external partner such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Amazon, Edinburgh City Council, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or the National Museum of Scotland)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 The programme has 5 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject relevant to themes within design informatics.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should include:

  • a high degree of contemporary thinking, creativity and originality

  • evidence of high quality and original research using recognisable methods (qualitative and/or quantitative)

  • examples of sketchbook work or design process development

  • examples of prototyping processes, including ability in manipulating materials or graphics

  • evidence of ability to use design thinking in the development of ideas.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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