Will you be the next expert of the future?
The Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary and practical education in the field of futures studies. It is designed to educate foresight experts who help organisations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks.
Futures Studies is a newly emerging field of research. As the future does not exist yet, futurists study the future projections of and discontinuities in past trends and current views of the long-term future. Futures Studies is interested in the probable futures, possible futures and preferred futures. As a societal action, futures studies aim to serve private and public decision-makers by outlining alternative long-term strategies in a changing operational environment. As an academic field of research, Futures Studies generates knowledge of the ways and processes of how individuals and organisations deal with the uncertain future. Typical research questions in the field are focused on the epistemology of knowledge about the future, the methodological development of futures studies tools and analyses of alternative futures of a clear topic or a more general theme. Futures Studies is an interdisciplinary field, where wide topics are analysed and the results and approaches of more traditional disciplines meet.
The Programme in Future Studies includes plenty of rehearsal, case studies and real-life experiences on using foresight methodology. These range from quantitative and qualitative methods to innovative and creative futures design techniques.
Here you will get a versatile toolkit for implementing foresight thinking for the benefit of a given organisation. You will qualify to a wide array of expert positions in the strategic and foresight units of private companies and public institutions. The Programme also serves as an excellent basis for building a consultant business.
Academic Excellence & Experience
The program is offered by the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku. TSE has earned AACSB Accreditation (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the highest standard of excellence in business education worldwide. We have been accredited since 2019 and are committed to continually improve the quality of education we offer.
The two-year Programme is run by the Finland Futures Research Centre, which is the world’s premier hotspot of future-minded scholars. The Centre is specialised in futures studies and foresight and seeks to accomplish the ultimate goal of a responsible and sustainable future. The Centre researches alternative futures and the challenges and possibilities included in them. Academic research places special emphasis on:
Foresight and futures research methodology
Environmental and energy research
Food and consumption
The Finland Futures Research Centre develops the scientific foundations and methods of futures studies. The Master’s Degree Programme utilises the resources, connections and personnel of the Centre to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and practical education in the field of futures studies.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies is designed to educate futures experts. You will gain the theoretical and academic knowledge required for starting PhD studies as well as practical competencies for working in challenging positions in companies or the public sector.
Education is given in English, and the students of this international Programme learn to work together with associates from different countries and scientific backgrounds.
Master's Thesis & Topics
The thesis is a scientific research report comprised of both a theoretical section and empirical applications. The aim of the process is to:
Provide you with the tools to locate and critically evaluate scientific information.
Train independent problem solving for demanding research questions and thus lay an advanced knowledge and skill basis for doctoral studies.
Train presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written.
Attain expertise in the practices of researching, utilising and developing alternative and possible futures in the chosen field.
Examples of Master’s thesis topics in futures studies:
Images of the future of privacy: A privacy dynamics framework and causal layered analysis of ideal types.
The future of branded sportswear store formats in Germany 2030: Four images of the future.
Futures of citizens’ political participation in Russia: scenarios for years 2014–2025.
Sustainable Development – the Key to Competitiveness CSR as an added value to Alstom’s corporate performance.
Futures of Finnish food system by 2050. The perspective of resilience.