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Education Futures

Education Futures

Education Futures


Education, in all its forms, is essential to a thriving society. How organisations, systems and people learn and change profoundly affects our lives, our surroundings and our futures. This MSc is a bold new programme for those who wish to engage critically with educational possibilities for the future, and understand how educational knowledge, organisations, spaces and relationships can positively shape societies

The EFI Education Futures programme is designed to respond to the need for creative, critical and experimental thinking across education in schools, universities and colleges, and learning within communities, industries and organisations. Some of the issues you will explore include mobility, politics, environmental change, culture, social justice and how data-driven systems for managing and understanding the world influence learning and education.

You will explore the ways that knowledge, culture and skills are produced and reproduced, how people, organisations and systems learn, and how this influences global challenges and change. Your studies on this programme will support you to think ambitiously about the future of education across all sectors, gain vital data and creative skills to support your future career, and apply innovative methods to building a strong future for education and learning.

Online. On campus. Fusion.

This programme is available full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. You can register for a full MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Our teaching model allows choice as to how you study – with options to study online or on-campus at the level of each individual course. Please note, we may not always be able to guarantee your first choice of study mode for every course you take. International students coming to Edinburgh on a study visa, are required to take all their courses on-campus due to immigration restrictions.

If you are planning to study mostly or completely on-campus follow the ‘Find out more and apply to study on-campus’ link below. If you wish to study mostly online, follow the ‘Find out more about online study’ link.

What our students say

“Thanks for such a brilliant course – it’s been fantastic! I’ve got a lot out of it and have really enjoyed the readings, the conference, and finding that a lot of topics are resonating in a lot of my work.”

Jo, student on pilot Future of Learning Organisations course

“I can’t recommend this course highly enough. It has encouraged me to look at my teaching practice and also the strategic direction of my faculty. The teaching and support was excellent. I was worried about doing the course totally online but it was a great experience.”

Student on pilot Future of Learning Organisations course

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Creative Industries

Work directly with the world-class creative and cultural industries in Edinburgh, as you bring together cross-disciplinary expertise in data analytics, creative thinking, business and law to understand and address the complex challenges faced by this vital sector.
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Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Gain the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of ethical design, use and governance of artificial intelligence and other data-intensive technologies in order to navigate complex systems and roles with transparency, fairness, and respect for individual and human rights, and social needs.
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Data, Inequality and Society

Work with sector experts and leading researchers as you learn to build more equitable, inclusive societies. Bring advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge to the most pressing global challenges of our time.
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Education Futures

Understand and build new, vital educational possibilities for the future by bringing together research-led, cross-disciplinary and data-driven approaches to educational knowledge, organisations, spaces and relationships.
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Future Governance

Explore and analyse the challenges and opportunities that big data brings to the future of democracy. Develop leading-edge knowledge to help shape the world – and your career – by driving positive change.
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Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society

Combine hands-on creative and data skills with critical, interdisciplinary enquiry to study the way narratives frame our understanding of the world and shape our planetary futures.
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Planetary Health

Understand and design solutions for global crises at the intersection of the future health and wellbeing of people and our planet. With a strong focus on engaging governments, finance and industry, and in designing policies with action-oriented and context-sensitive solutions. 
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Service Management and Design

Bring the fields of service management and service design together to develop your understanding of a sector vital to the future of our economies and societies. Develop the critical, creative and data skills essential to career success within private and public service sectors including finance, retail, health, social care and more.
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Sustainable Lands and Cities

Develop the skills needed to influence and create resilient and sustainable relationships between lands and cities. Exploring rural and urban environments, harnessing practices of smart growth, understanding planetary boundaries, and opportunities for justice and equity.  
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