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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 new 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 to 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 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.

The extent of the Programme is 120 ECTS and the degree is designed to be completed in two years. Futures Studies as a major subject includes compulsory and optional courses that build the expertise of the student in, for example, futures studies methodology, strategic foresight and scenario building. Students are free to choose a minor subject within UTU that complements their career goals. Elective studies can include courses in Futures Studies, but can also widen the knowledge of the student in new subjects or thematic areas. All students are also expected to study languages (Finnish as well as English) and general methodological studies.

See the list of courses in study guide: https://opas.peppi.utu.fi/en/degree-programme/1062

The Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies admits approximately 20 students in 2019 to complete a 120 credit Master of Arts degree.

Admission requirement: applicable Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a Finnish university or a corresponding degree from a foreign university OR a Bachelor’s degree from a University of Applied Sciences in Finland or a corresponding degree from a foreign university of Applied Sciences giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country.

 

Phase 1. General requirements

A) The applicant must have one of the following degrees:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from Finland or a corresponding degree from a foreign university. The degree must be from a relevant field, e.g.: Economics and Business Administration, Arts (humanities), Social Sciences, Education, Science (natural sciences), Health Science, Administrative Sciences, Medicine, Technology, Laws, Engineering, Natural Resources field, Sport Sciences and Arts.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a University of Applied Sciences in Finland or a corresponding degree from a foreign university of Applied Sciences giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country. The degree must be from the following fields: Business Administration, Culture and Arts, Natural Resources, Engineering (e.g.Logistics, Planning, Industrial Management, Biotechnology and Food Industries, Environmental Technology or Media Engineering

NB! Applicants holding a Bachelor’s Degree from a University of Applied Sciences will be required to supplement their degree with 10 credits of futures studies. The aim of the supplementary studies is to give the student sufficient qualifications to finish the Master of Arts degree.

The required degree must be completed by 10 July 2019. If the required degree is not completed by the application deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

B) A Good level of proficiency in the English language. (See below)

C) Minimum Grade

The grade of the applicant’s major studies must be 3 or higher for students graded on a grading scale of 1-5. The minimum for all other grading systems should be average or better. If the applicant’s certificate does not indicate the grade for the major studies, the average grade will be calculated from all courses indicated in the transcript of records. If the grading scale is other than 1-5, it will be converted to the 1-5 scale. The table below will be used for conversion.

 

5 laudatur, eximia A 4 3 and 3–
4 magna B 3 2,5 and 2+
3 cum laude C 2 2 and 2–
2 non sine, lubenter D 1 1,5 and 1+
1 approbatur E 1 and 1–

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