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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.

Programme structure

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 that complements their career goals. Recommended minors include Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship, Management and Organisation, and Economic Sociology. 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.

Academic excellence and experience

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
  • environmental and energy research
  • socio-cultural research
  • food and consumption
  • security
  • education

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 competences 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 and 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
  • to train independent problem solving for demanding research questions and thus lay and advanced knowledge and skill basis for doctoral studies
  • to train presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • to 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 a 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

Check out the complete list of Master’s theses written by our graduates from the programme’s webpages

Get your essay published

The Finland Futures Research Centre publishes the inspired and inspirational picks from the students papers each year in a Special Issue “Coolest Student Papers”. With this publication, the Centre has wanted to create a channel for making visible the hard work, academic talent and creativity featured in our courses.

The Special Issue “Coolest Student Papers at Finland Futures Research Centre 2015-2016” covers six courses from the Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies, two courses organised by Finland Futures Academy (taught in Finnish), and the interdisciplinary teamwork course of Sustainability Studies. All the studies are coordinated by the Centre. In this Special Issue, each course forms its own section with an introduction by the teacher(s), followed by the papers.

For more information, see

Job options

The students graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies will qualify to a wide array of expert positions in the strategic units of private companies and public institutions.

The Programme builds upon and enhances the knowledge attained by the students in their previous degrees and other experiences and therefore the career options of the graduates are also strongly linked to them.

Possible job titles are:

  • strategic planning executive
  • consultant
  • futures analyst
  • business development manager
  • development and planning officer in public administration

Career in research

Master of Arts degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku or the graduates may choose to apply to any other university in Finland or abroad.

Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 Doctoral Programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the Doctoral Programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

Visit the Futures Studies page on the University of Turku website for more details!





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