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Course content

Programme description

Design informatics focuses on designing with data. This course is run in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art through the Centre for Design Informatics.

On this programme you will learn how to build computational systems as well as the principles of design thinking and making.

Through case studies of real-life products you will apply your knowledge in a practical way, developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and take a product to market.

Programme structure

Design Informatics: designing with data can be explored in most specialist areas of Informatics, but Design Informatics emphasises entrepreneurial product development.

In the first year you follow two semesters of taught courses, attending lectures, tutorials and group practicals to acquire the theoretical foundation to enable you to engage in independent research.

In the summer you have a commercial or public semester placement, where you will work on a project that will help you test and reflect on your knowledge and skills.

In the second year, taught courses focus on product design, and you will gain experience in leading a group, before completing a dissertation project.

Compulsory courses:

  • Case Studies in Design Informatics 1
  • Design with Data
  • Design Informatics Project
  • Histories and Futures of Technology
  • Dissertation
  • Placement

Option courses:

  • Accelerated Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Extreme Computing
  • Introduction to Vision and Robotics
  • Text Technologies for Data Science
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship

Work placement/internship

You will work on a project that will help you use your skills and knowledge during a summer placement with a commercial or public sector organisation.

Career opportunities

This degree will put you at the cutting edge of design technology and technology for design, opening a host of opportunities in the commercial sector.


Visit the Advanced Design Informatics - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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