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.
"Studying Futures Studies opened up new horizons in front of me. I learned how to approach the future not as a single reality but as an opportunity for multiple alternative endings. "
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 program is offered by 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:
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.
The thesis is a scientific research report comprised of both a theoretical section and empirical applications. The aim of the process is:
Examples of Master’s thesis topics in futures studies:
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 2016-2017” 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 http://www.utu.fi/fi/yksikot/ffrc/julkaisut/e-tutu/Documents/eBook_7-2017.pdf
As a student in the Programme, you will learn:
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:
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.
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:
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–|
All applicants that fulfill the phase 1 of the application process which means general degree requirements as well as the minimum grade requirement will move on to phase 2 of the selection.
Phase 2: Selection Criteria
The applicants that have passed phase 1 will be graded and approximately 20 applicants with the highest points will be selected. The grading is done as follows:
– Bachelor’s thesis or corresponding final thesis grade of 3 or above will be awarded 15 points. (If the grading scale is other than 1-5 it will be converted to the 1-5 scale using the table above) Applicants who have not written a thesis as part of their previous degree will earn no points in this section. Applicants whose thesis was graded on a scale of pass/fail will earn 10 points.
– Previous studies in futures studies 1 ECTS credit = 1 point, maximum of 25 points. When converting the old Finnish credit system (prior to 2005) into ECTS the multiple of 1.5 is used for Universities of Applied Sciences and 1.8 for Universities.
– The grade of the applicant’s major studies, on a grading scale of 1-5, 3 = 10 points, 4 = 20 points, 5 = 30 points. 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 using the table above.
– No required supplementary studies = the applicant receives 10 points, 10 ECTS credits of supplementary studies required = the applicant will receive 0 points
– Motivation letter: the applicant will receive 0-30 points from the motivation letter.
In the motivation letter the applicant should cover the following themes:
What is your educational and professional background and how you feel it fits this Master’s degree programme?
Define your reasons for choosing this Master’s degree programme and how you see your future after graduation.
Present the international experience you have that you consider relevant for this programme.
What aspects of studying in Finland and in this programme you expect to be most challenging for you? How do you plan to conquer these challenges?
Please discuss your understanding of Futures Studies as a field of research. General knowledge of futures studies literature is considered an asset.
Instructions for the motivation letter:
The motivation letter will be graded with the following criteria:
If the motivation letter is missing, the application will be rejected.
The grading of phase 2 is explained in the table below:
|Grade of Bachelor’s thesis||15|
|Eligible previous studies||25|
|Grade of major studies||30|
|No required supplementary studies||10|
In the case of tied points
In case of applicants receiving the same number of points priority is given in the following order to applicants with the most points from a) eligible previous studies in futures studies, b) grade of major studies, c) grade of thesis and d) points from supplementary studies. If there are still applicants with the same number of points after the mentioned priorities, all applicants will be treated equally in the admission procedures.
The language proficiency can be proven with:
Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.
Or by one of the following tests:
The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organizer.
The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2019 is available online during the application period on 3 December 2018 – 31 January 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Please read carefully all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements before applying! Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying.
The application form is available to be filled and submitted at the Studyinfo portal during the application period. The following documents must be scanned and attached to the application (in pdf format):
All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents.
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.
Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate
A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate must include:
It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the courses is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.
Transcript of records
The official transcript of records should include the following information:
The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed at another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail on the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be submitted.
Make sure you have the required degree. If you are graduating after the application deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).
Check the language requirements and reserve a time for a language test if necessary.
Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you finish your application before 31 January 2019 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Arts (humanities)
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Start date: August 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €10,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website