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Masters Degree Programme in Futures Studies (FUTU)

Learning outcomes

After graduation the students will be able to understand, compare and evaluate different futures studies cases and methods in relation to each other. The students can explore ethical questions, such as the role of futurists in decision-making processes and the incorporation of sustainability goals to futures studies. The students will learn to design and manage demanding futures studies projects independently. They can apply various methods of futures studies and judge the meaning and consequences of methodological choices.

Graduates of Futures Studies may work in strategic planning of large corporations and medium size business, as well as other organizations, for example administration and non-governmental organizations. MA in Futures Studies also opens up possibilities to other careers in research & development, consultancy and education.

More information about the programme and courses: futu@utu.fi

Content

Detailed structure of the Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies

Advanced Futures Studies 60 cr
Obligatory courses
FUTUPG Master's thesis (incl. seminar sessions)30cr
FUTUS5 Futures Case Evaluation 8cr
FUTUS2 Futures Research Methods 8cr
FUTUS1 Ethics of Futures Studies 5cr

Optional Advanced Courses (9 cr from the following)
FUTUS3 Systems Thinking 6cr
FUTUS4 Strategic Foresight 6cr
FUTUS6 Futures Research Methods in Practice 6cr
FUTUS7 Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures 6cr
TMS47/KV16/JOS13/TUTU30/YRS3 Perspectives to the Finnish Innovation System 6cr
FUTUS8 Changing Futures Theme 3-6cr
Practical training / Internship 2-6cr

Obligatory Futures Studies courses
FUTU1 Foundations of Futures Studies 5cr
FUTU2 Scenario Thinking 4cr

Optional courses (12 cr)
FUTU3 Career Management 2cr
Other studies, must be approved by the professor beforehand 10cr

Minor
Management and Organisation, Economic Sociology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Study Module, Sustainable Development etc. 25 cr

Methodological studies
MENY2 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science 4cr

Language and Business Communication Studies 10cr
1st Foreign language, English 6cr
2nd Foreign language 4cr
- Finnish for those whose mother tongue is not Finnish or who have no previous Finnish studies
- For those whose mother tongue is Finnish or who have studied Finnish, the 2nd foreign language is decided based on previous language studies.


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