Taught course

Design Informatics

University of Edinburgh · School of Informatics

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 your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section). TOEFL-iBT: 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 .

Months of entry


Course content

Informatics is about structure, behaviour, and interactions, for natural and engineered information processors. Design is about the generation, development and testing of concepts, for the creation of physical objects, capabilities or services. Design Informatics focuses on designing with data.

We can harness massive connectivity, analytic power and industrial-strength simulation to design tangible products and intangible services to transform the ways we work, live at home, care for each other, and play.

The merger between the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art creates a unique opportunity to explore and develop the new field of Design Informatics. The Schools of Informatics and Design have formed the Centre to inspire, equip and nurture a new generation of design informatics researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs.

The Centre weaves together four threads from each school, with machine learning an overarching theme. For design: product, media, fashion and architecture. For informatics: vision and robotics, interaction, sensor networks, and synthetic biology.

Students are given an understanding of how to build computational systems as well as being taught the relevant principles of design thinking and making. Through case studies of real life products, students will apply their knowledge in a practical way, thus developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and take a product to market.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Informatics Teaching Organisation
+44 (0) 131 650 5194