Future Governance

Future Governance

Future Governance


Technology and data are transforming governance across the globe. How we apply ethical and innovative use of data and technology to society’s most pressing challenges is key to how we govern our future world. This new MSc programme in the Edinburgh Futures Institute explores and analyses the challenges and opportunities that big data brings to the future of democracy.

This is a unique interdisciplinary programme offering an innovative approach to study that will help you develop advanced thinking in governance and policy-making for the future. It is for critical thinkers who seek to develop leading-edge knowledge to help them shape the world – and their careers – by driving positive change through policy and decision-making.

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 students to choose to study either online or on-campus at the level of each individual course they take. The only exceptions are international students coming to Edinburgh on a study visa, who 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. For those planning to to study mostly online, follow the ‘Find out more about online study’ link. Applications to study online will open early in 2022.

All students – with the exception of those on study visas – will be able to combine modes once they begin their studies at EFI.

Core EFI Our Postgraduate Futures Programmes 2022

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, 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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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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