12 months
25300 USD/year
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The Education Futures programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed to respond to the need for creative, critical and experimental thinking across education in schools, universities and colleges, and learning within communities, industries and organisations.

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You will explore the ways that knowledge, culture and skills are produced and reproduced, how people, organisations and systems learn, and how this influences global challenges and change. Your studies on this programme will support you to think ambitiously about the future of education across all sectors, gain vital data and creative skills to support your future career, and apply innovative methods to building a strong future for education and learning.

Postgraduate Study at the Edinburgh Futures Institute

This Education Futures  programme at The University of Edinburgh  is part of an interconnected portfolio of postgraduate study in the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). EFI supports interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research that is focussed on complex global and social challenges. Our programmes are all taught by academic experts from many different subject areas, and as an EFI student you will develop creative, critical and data-informed thinking that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries. You will have the space to think deeply about questions linked to your own passions and professional goals, and will develop a project based on an issue that you care about.

As well as knowledge specific to your area of study, studying at EFI will give you the skills and understanding you need to become a creative, confident and critical citizen in a fast-changing world. These will include core data skills, data ethics, the ability to interrogate issues of global scope, and the creative and analytic approaches to knowledge that are vital for building better futures. You can join us regardless of whether you already have skills in the use and application of digital data.

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at both professionals and recent graduates who work in, or are seeking to build a career in, either formal or informal learning and training sectors. Future opportunities may include education-related roles in higher education, further education, community and cultural settings, schools, training organisations, and in private, government and voluntary sectors. Whether your role or interest is in policy, learning design, teaching and delivery, or educational research, you will find courses and modes of study that will help you develop your career, and position you for roles in a range of education and learning organisations in a range of sectors.

The programme will be of particular interest to those who are preparing for or beginning leadership roles where a focus on developing future educational provision, policy, technologies and practices is key.

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.

Programme Structure

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

  • Future of Learning Organisations: Taking a holistic rather than sectoral view of the current educational landscape, this course critically engages with the trends and values, opportunities and constraints, that may shape individual and collective experiences of learning in the future.
  • Educating for a Challenging Future: Educating for the future requires rethinking the concept of educational ‘solutions’ to complex, ‘wicked’ problems. This course synthesises educational and social theory, along with current research on pedagogy, to facilitate a structured, collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative educational approach to challenging problems.

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)

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 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 USD 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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