What will I learn?

Design informatics combines data science with design thinking in a context of critical enquiry and speculation.

The central premise of design informatics is that data is a medium for design: by shaping data, we shape the world around us. Data science provides the groundwork for this, with design thinking underpinning reflective research through design.

We build a value-aware, reflective practice at the interface between data and society by combining theory and research with an open-ended process of making and hacking.

Career opportunities

This degree will put you at the cutting edge of the intersection between data science, design, and information technology.

This will open a host of opportunities in working with companies, charities, and the public sector. We encourage entrepreneurship.

For those who wish to deepen their research practice, the course provides a solid foundation for a PhD in related areas.

Which department am I in?

School of Informatics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£34,200.00 (US$ 45,971) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Edinburgh

Student Recruitment and Admissions,

33 Buccleuch Place,

EDINBURGH,

EDINBURGH, CITY OF,

EH8 9JS, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You should have an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Graduate entry to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine - For entry to most postgraduate taught or research degrees, the minimum requirement for students from the USA is an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Applications for graduate entry to the MBChB will be considered for the programme with: Pass in a 4-year undergraduate degree with a science major and a GPA of 3.4 or better, plus an overall MCAT score of 508 to include a minimum of: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems - 128 ; Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour - 126 ; Chemistry and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems - 128; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills - 126. Applicants must also take the UCAT. Veterinary Medicine: a minimum of at least two years of a pre-veterinary or science course at College; a minimum of one year (two semesters or three terms) in Chemistry; additional courses in Biology, Physics and/or Mathematics; a minimum grade point average of 3.4, with more than 3.0 in science courses which have been completed. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science, informatics, artificial intelligence, physics, engineering, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, or neuroscience. IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module). TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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