12 months
25300 GBP/year
17100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This new Future Governance programme from The University of Edinburgh explores and analyses the challenges and opportunities that big data brings to the future of democracy.

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This is a unique, new interdisciplinary Future Governance  programme from The University of Edinburgh  offering an innovative approach to study that will help you develop advanced thinking in governance and policy-making for the future. It is for critical thinkers who seek to develop leading-edge knowledge to help them shape the world – and their careers – by driving positive change through policy and decision-making.

You will gain the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and use diverse data sources and emerging technologies to understand, critique and shape the future of governance. The cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach used within EFI showcases the very best the University of Edinburgh has to offer and includes collaboration with policy and communication experts and decision-makers across the public, private and third sectors.

You will develop a deep understanding of democracy and participation in an era of rapidly developing technological change and data-driven decision-making, and you will interrogate the challenges and opportunities that new and big data sources bring to the future of governance. You will increase your knowledge of ethical decision-making in the context of data-driven policy-making, and your confidence in using new and big data. You will learn to identify the most appropriate methods required to address policy issues and learn how to apply a strong, critical and interdisciplinary understanding to the challenge of our democratic futures.

Career opportunities

Future Governance graduates will have a robust understanding of data-driven decision-making in governance processes. They will be ready to make positive change in the decision-making environment. The core elements of the programme address the data and higher-order skills we know are important for the future of work, confident and critical citizenship, and a thriving, just society.

Our data-literate graduates will be well placed to offer the cross disciplinary skills that are in demand from decision-makers and researchers in the public, private and third sectors. We expect our graduates to take up posts or to seek promotion in these sectors, equipped to carve out a niche in the rapidly transforming field of governance.

For mid-career professionals from the private, public, and third sectors, the programme will support them to become leaders on new or existing governance projects with a strong data aspect or to transition to such careers and/or seek promotions within their own institutions.

Programme Structure

You will take the following 10 credit core courses for your programme:

  • Future Governance –This future facing course critically examines how data and technology are used within governance and the policy process.
  • Digital Democratic Innovations – This course explores the potential transformative effect of digital technology for democratic innovation.

You will also take the following 10 credit shared core courses, which are compulsory for EFI students on all programmes:

  • Interdisciplinary Futures
  • Insights Through Data or Text Remix (choose one)
  • Ethical Data Futures
  • Representing Data or Building Near Futures (choose one)

These shared core courses place you in cross-disciplinary teams with students from other programme areas. They will teach you to collect, manage and analyse computational datasets, and to use emerging methodologies for mapping and designing the future. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline.
  • We will also consider your application if you have other professional qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    17100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17100 GBP per year during 12 months.

MSc part-time

  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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