Design and Design Thinking, Short Course | Part time online | University of Birmingham online | United Kingdom
2 months
850 GBP/full
850 GBP/full
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Make your mark in online education witht his Design and Design Thinking short course from University of Birmingham online. This 8-week, specialised Postgraduate Micro-credential short course explores design thinking and the different approaches to design from a theoretical and applied perspective in the context of learning environments.

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Design and Design Thinking is an introductory short course in design delivered by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which allows for theory and practice to be implemented in a wide range of educational practices.

In this Design Thinking short course from University of Birmingham online you will learn about the role and skills of the designer, and examine the processes and perspectives they use to develop designs and designed artefacts which can be applied across a wide range of learning environments.

Once you have finished this 8-week course, you will be awarded an official University of Birmingham Postgraduate Micro-credential certificate (worth 10 academic credits) and a transcript. You will be able to use these academic credits to apply for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s full Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments qualification.

Why study Design and design thinking at Birmingham?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the contemporary field of design thinking and critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Explore classic and contemporary philosophies of design, defining design and the designer in your own context.
  • Evaluate and use design and learning frameworks, processes and theory to describe activities and actors involved in the design process from idea to use.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the ethical implications of design and innovation decisions alongside desirability, feasibility and viability.

Programme Structure

  • Our Design for Learning Environments Postgraduate Micro-credential short courses will allow you to focus on specific areas in order for you to develop your career in the way that you want to.
  • Each course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to design programmes of learning which will meet the needs of a wide range of learners and organisations in an expanding field.
  • We have taken an innovative interdisciplinary approach with our Design for Learning Environments courses, incorporating aspects of design, technology, education, the social sciences, data science and digital development to provide you with a rich diversity of perspectives.
  • You will work with academics, active practitioners and designers of learning environments from the fields of education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering - each bringing their own unique disciplinary perspectives to instructional design.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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Academic requirements

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Upper Second Class

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General requirements

  • In order to be eligible for the Design and Design Thinking Postgraduate Micro-credential short course, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent from a UK university or recognised international institution.
  • You may also be eligible to apply with a lower second class degree plus 2 years’ work experience in design, computing or education, or no degree plus 5 or more years’ work experience in the above areas.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up to date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.0, and no less than 5.5 in any band.

Tuition Fee

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    850 GBP/full
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    850 GBP/full
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