We’re excited you’ve received an offer to study at the Edinburgh Futures Institute!

Welcome from Kev Dhaliwal, Interim Director, Edinburgh Futures Institute

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

The Edinburgh Futures Institute is a place that is bound by values and culture.

Values of being kind, of caring for each other and collaborating.

It brings together all parts of the University of Edinburgh and its global partners to create an immersive academic experience.

But it's much more than that.

It's making new friends, reaching out, and challenging yourselves.

We are looking forward to seeing you all here in September.

Kev Dhaliwal, Interim Director, Edinburgh Futures Institute

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Hear from our students

Listen to what current students have said about studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute.


Hello, my name is Benedicta,

I am currently studying Data Inequality and Society at the University of Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

I am originally from Ghana, and the reason why I came here to have my postgraduate studies is because of the, beautiful landscape at Edinburgh and also the fact that my university is also part of the Russell Group, which also boasts of, good, credentials of research.

So I wanted to gain these experiences as part of my journey towards my career.

Why is Data, Inequality and Society important in today’s world?

So I would say that given the upsurge in A.I. that’s ‘artificial intelligence’ – and also how data is really shaping how we make decisions in our world, I would say my course is really relevant, in order for us to really think around how data can also reinforce inequality in society.

And so, this course is quite unique because it gives you a space to really interact with other course students from other groups to gain, interdisciplinary skills in how to challenge data and how to also, really address societal issues in in the world today.

What is the most exciting thing about studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute?

I would say that, one the the building is quite unique. the experience at EFI is quite unique because it challenges you to really engage with other course students in shaping the future that we want to see in our world. Also, the experience the students experience and, the welcoming experience that I got whilst coming into, Edinburgh was also quite unique because during my first week, we were given a period where we could select our courses.

I spoke to my student advisor, which was quite, helpful in guiding me in the type of courses I want to pursue. And I believe those experiences quite, shaped how, my overall experience throughout my postgraduate degree has been and is quite, really helpful.

What kind of career opportunities will you look at after studying here?

Yeah, I would say so, I remember in one of my course challenge, I was able to consult with undergrad students in computer science in why they should implement ethics in their system design, which was robotics. And so I believe those experiences have also giving me, an idea of what I want to do beyond my postgraduate degree, which is to provide organisations the reason why they should implement or translate ethics in their organisation

The experience here is really, wonderful. And I welcome you all to EFI.


My name is Nat Cartier, I’m originally from Switzerland and I’ve been living in Edinburgh for four years. I did my bachelor’s here and went directly into my master’s doing Creative Industries.

Creative Industries for me was the perfect choice. I know that I want to be based my whole life inside of the creative industries. I love creation and I feel right where I belong. Here at EFI.

Why did you choose Edinburgh for your studies?

I chose Edinburgh because the first time I came and visited the city. Something about the city spoke to me and it just gave me this special spark of I need to be here, I need to come in Edinburgh, I need to experience more of Edinburgh. And that led me to choose to study at Edinburgh University, and I haven’t regretted the decision at all. I’ve had an amazing time studying at the uni here. It’s really been, you know, the time of my life here in Edinburgh. So I’m very grateful for the position that I’m in.

Why is Creative Industries important in today’s world?

My subjective answer is Creative Industries is the best course here at EFI. I think Creative Industries really shape everything around us, from the clothing that we’re wearing, the way we dress, the way we do our makeup, the way we walk about the city, the music we listen to, everything we interact with is in some way or another related to the creative industries. And it’s such an important part, especially with the digital world in the 21st century. For me, knowing more about the creative industries and becoming a master of the creative industries was clear.

What is the most exciting thing about studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute?

The most exciting thing for me at the Edinburgh Futures Institute is the way it has shaped my thinking for my professional career and for going out into the professional world after my master’s. So I now feel fully equipped to transition into the professional world inside of the creative industries.

What kind of career opportunities will you look at after studying here?

What I know is that I want to be based inside of the creative industries, and this degree has opened up all these opportunities where I feel that I have the relevant skills to apply to an incredibly large spectrum of jobs. And having that wide spectrum of choice is such a luxury to have. And super important, if you’re trying to build your own future and sculpt your life the way that you want to sculpt it.

What is it like to study in the new Edinburgh Futures Institute building?

The thing I like most about the EFI building is coming into the building and feeling inspired to work. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture, blending the old and the new. It used to be a hospital, the old infirmary building and that is now transitioned into the Edinburgh Futures Institute. It’s a really beautiful environment to get productive in, to meet with people, socialise, create and make change for the future.


Hi, my name is Shawn and I am from China. I am studying the Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics program. And the reason I chose this program is because I wanted to work in the tech industry, and I really think this program is relevant in today’s economy.

Why did you choose Edinburgh for your studies?

Um, well, first of all, the University of Edinburgh is a prestigious university, so I think that’s going to help me with my employability. And secondly, I think the city of Edinburgh is just really lovely. You know, you get this- it’s very compact. You get everything you need in a walkable distance. So yeah, that’s the two reasons.

Why is Data and Artificial Intelligence important in today’s world?

Well, because it is an increasingly relevant topic that people are talking about. And my background’s in China. Right now, it’s not yet that popular of a discussion, but I think it’s going to be a trend in the future. So I’m just preparing myself for, the next step.

What is the most exciting thing about studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute?

I really like the building, first of all, I think it’s easily one of the university’s most beautiful buildings around here, and it’s really accessible, the space is really big. It’s got a lot of different- a lot of big windows. I really like that. It really makes, your study easier.

What kind of career opportunities will you look at after studying here?

After my graduation, I would like to work in the tech and AI industry as a product manager to develop relevant products that will help- the audience. So I think my degree is really relevant in that, context.

What is it like studying alongside online students?

Working with them, was a delight. And the only thing, I guess the only hard thing to is to schedule the time, because there are people scattered across different time zones. So that was, I guess one of the biggest challenges. But then overall, I think it’s a fairly easy and enjoyable process.

What advice would you give to new students?

Yeah, I think one piece of advice I would give is that the, intensive study is kind of different from traditional modes of study. You get- you need a lot more, I guess, self-motivation to plan and design your own study and schedules. So that’s, I guess, one thing to look out for is that you need to be, a lot more motivated than if you are in, let’s say, a traditionally scheduled study program.

A day in the life of an efi student


Let’s start this intensive, let’s go!

(coffee machine whirring)



So we just finished our first hour of intensives, it’s quite intense. I’ve already finished my coffee. But it’s fine. Now we’re having- we’re having a break, and then, we’re going to have a guest lecture in a bit.



Amy, what was your experience?-

[Amy:] I really like the format of the intensives. I really like them being on a two day period together. And then we learn so much. It’s a really good set up. I really like it-

Here’s other people who are also in the intensive –
hi guys. Yeah!


I’ll take you along for the rest of the day. Yay!


Okay, so we’re enjoying the horrible weather of Edinburgh today. However, during breaks we always go get coffees, and the best place is Söderberg so I’m going to take you with me.

Second coffee of the day!


You cannot do an intensive without coffee.




The best thing of the EFI building, is that you get to meet friends during intensives. Yeah!

“Choosing to study at Edinburgh Futures Institute is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The interdisciplinary approach at the institute elevates the experience to another level. Being surrounded by a diverse student community comprised of doctors, journalists, teachers, and engineers, among others, has enriched my journey beyond measure. The Institute has also fostered invaluable connections that I will cherish for years to come. The sense of belonging is apparent, making it feel like more than just an educational institution—it feels like home.  

Jay Bharat Choudhari, Student, MSc Data, Inequality and Society


Hello everyone. My name is Jay Bharat and I’m from India, currently I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Inequality and Society at the University of Edinburgh, at Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Why did you choose Edinburgh for your studies?

I chose Edinburgh for my studies because of the university’s global reputation, the interdisciplinary approach of my school and of course, the impressive research output of the university.

Why is Data, Inequality and Society important in today’s world?

In today’s world, where inequalities are on the rise and the disputes between countries are increasing, having educated advocates who can guide us towards a better future is in a crucial need. And that’s what my course talks about.

What is the most exciting thing about studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute?

So the most exciting aspect of studying at the beautiful Edinburgh Futures Institute, is its interdisciplinary approach to education. It fosters a vibrant network of students towards a common goal in diverse ways from different perspectives, constantly promoting personal growth and learning. I just constantly feel that I’m learning something new.

What is it like to study in the new Edinburgh Futures Institute building??

Studying in the new building offers a perfect blend of historic charm and, spatial amenities. The fusion mode of learning, which caters to both, in-person and online learning students, which is particularly impressive. I mean, you have a person joining from Pakistan, you have a person who’s joining from China. And, it just makes me feel that I’m learning a lot from different perspectives. And, it just helps me a lot.

Most courses are taught via two-day intensives – what has that been like?

The two day intensive courses, to be very honest, align perfectly with my study style, allowing me to immerse myself fully in each of the subjects, and allocate equal time to all the aspects of my learning.

What advice would you give to new students?

To new EFI students, I would advise building connections. sharing your story, listening to others. I believe, and I strongly believe that everyone has a unique perspective to offer, and being a good listener can enrich your educational experience significantly.

All the very best to all the prospective students of EFI.

Useful information to consider

Take a look at our most frequently asked questions

The Edinburgh Futures Institute offers programmes with two distinctive modes of learning: online distance learning and on-campus study. Online distance learning provides students with a fully remote option, joining from anywhere in the world. On-campus study requires a regular presence on-site in Edinburgh.

Although there are two options provided and many courses are taught in fusion, most of your study will take place in the modality you choose. There is a degree of flexibility where it may be possible to change a mode of study for one or more courses each semester. However, this flexibility may be dependent on whether a student is in receipt of a Student Visa, where remote learning would not be possible in any context. 

It is important to understand your situation and visa requirements. International students may require a Student Visa to study on campus. If it is required, then students must study full-time and on-campus for the duration of study. Student Visa sponsorship is not available for part-time or any online programme and any CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) requests in support of a Student Visa application will not be considered.

More information is available via the Student Immigration Service.

Yes, a range of study options are available. Full-time postgraduate students complete their full credit requirements in one year. Part-time students take the same number of courses as full-time students spread over two or three years. View more study options.

Most of the postgraduate programmes at Edinburgh Futures Institute offer fusion online learning, which means you will complete a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities. If you are considering online study from another part of the world, please be aware that most of our courses require you to attend two intensive days of synchronous teaching (9am – 5pm GMT), which is frequently delivered over consecutive days. You will be required to attend all synchronous teaching, so it is important that you check the implications of studying from your time zone to understand how this might impact on you.

Each degree programme has compulsory and elective courses for students to choose from. Along with programme compulsory courses, students are encouraged to take courses from the wider EFI portfolio to develop skills, knowledge and interests. Take a look at your degree programme here.

We contact students regarding course selection at the end of August and personalised timetables are available when teaching starts. We aim to provide you with timetabling information before you make your course choices, so you can make informed decisions and avoid potential clashes.

In terms of workload, the guidance for 1×10 credit course is suggested as 100 hours of learning, with hours split between course teaching, group work, discussions, self-directed study etc.

We expect full-time students to study for approximately 35 hours per week, and part-time (2 year) students to study for approximately 12-15 hours per week. For students studying part-time (3 year), the weekly time commitment will vary depending on their own preferences or circumstances.

Edinburgh Future’s Institute is founded on interdisciplinarity so there is a significant amount of group work within our courses. Expect a variety of student demographics and experiences to be represented, with online and on-site students working together.

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