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Postgraduate study
Postgraduate study

We are developing an ambitious portfolio of new postgraduate programmes for launch from 2022, each of which focuses on a current, complex challenge area.

We are designing our programmes according to a new delivery model which will allow students to study each course either online or on-campus, design their own pathway through multiple disciplinary perspectives, and extend their study through their lives. Course delivery will feature intensive 2-day blocks, with a vibrant online and on-campus community supporting students all the way.

New programmes

EFI is developing a portfolio of interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes clustered around complex, global challenge areas. Courses from these programmes will pilot in 2021, with the launch of full programmes beginning in September 2022.

Programme areas
Our new programmes and courses offer ambitious interdisciplinary curricula and progressive delivery models for students who want to work on the urgent challenges facing society, environment and culture. These are clustered around how data technologies are creating change, what kinds of futures we might want to build and how interdisciplinary perspectives can help frame critical, creative responses.

To give a sense of what will be on offer, the programmes under development are in the following broad areas:

  • building inclusive societies
  • planning education futures
  • governance and data
  • designing sustainable futures
  • new economies
  • design and material practices
  • storytelling across sectors
  • challenges in creative industries
  • the ethics of data

An academic team from across the university is working on the design of these programmes, drawing on disciplinary perspectives from education to political science, computing science to literature and from design to mathematics.

Contact the team


Programme design
Helping students to form a sense of cohort and community to support them throughout their time at EFI is integral to our programmes. Shared core courses and academic teams from across disciplines will support students to grasp leading-edge research and critical perspectives on social change. Students will develop data-wrangling and creative skills to develop unique projects and work with future-mapping methodologies to understand social trajectories.

Students will connect with EFI external partners as they conduct projects relating to live challenges, and to each other to help build wide networks for peer support. They will be able to choose whether to study full time, part time or on an intermittent basis, and we will offer access to our programmes on a lifelong learning basis for students who want their learning to change as their lives and careers develop.


Tell us what you think
EFI is looking for feedback to help develop our flexible, interdisciplinary, data-focused and project-led taught postgraduate (PGT) programmes. We invite you to share your thoughts on the early ideas for:

MSc in Future Democracy/Governance MSc in Service Management & Design

Thanks for your feedback!


Existing Postgraduate programmes

Currently EFI offers one postgraduate taught programme – the MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy which is delivered through the University of Edinburgh Business School. A second programme, the MSc Leading Major Programmes, will launch in 2021 from the School of Engineering. Both degrees are taught by leading academics in a range of disciplines. Find out more about each below.

MSc Finance, Technology and Policy
Decades of technological advancements and new regulations have substantially altered how we deliver financial services. The skills required to succeed within the finance sector have become more complex, with financial institutions looking to take advantage of the growing availability of large amounts of data.

Financial organisations, from large established companies to start-ups, prize the ability to develop complex and appropriate technical solutions. Our MSc is developed to equip you with the skills you need to meet existing industry challenges as well as be prepared for future ones.

Find out more and apply now


MSc Leading Major Programmes
Major programmes are increasingly prevalent across the global economy to deliver critical transformations – but to be successful they need a deep multidisciplinary understanding of strategic risks. The complexity of major programmes with multiple stakeholders, technological innovation, and new approaches to financing, governance structures, and data analytics requires wide-ranging knowledge and leadership skills.

The demand for leaders able to navigate this complexity is extremely high within government and private sector clients, project managers, designers, contractors, delivery teams, project auditors, etc. Our part-time MSc, with a multidisciplinary mix of courses prepared through collaborations with industry, will equip you with the skills required to organise for success, to manage for success and to develop the personal and collective qualities required to lead successful major programmes.

Find out more


Scholarships and funding
Edinburgh Futures Institute is committed to being ‘open to all’: this very pledge is set in stone in Latin, ‘patet omnibus’, above the main entrance of our future home at the restored Old Royal Infirmary. We are developing new, inclusive and flexible ways for students to access our programmes and spread the cost of their study. In addition, various sources of funding may be available to you for postgraduate study with us. The George Lindsay Cooper and Madeleine Bentley Scholarships will contribute to tuition fees for the MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy and MSc in Leading Major Programmes.

These scholarships offer support to applicants who may face barriers in accessing postgraduate study and are awarded based on financial and socioeconomic circumstances, future and personal career goals and academic merit. Applications have now closed for these scholarships for the 2020/21 academic year. Applications for entry and funding for 2021/22 will open in October 2020.

For further information about funding for study at the University of Edinburgh, please visit our Scholarships and Student Funding Service.

Scholarships and Student Funding Service 

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