24 months
6940 EUR/year
5518 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This internationally accredited Futures Studies course at Stellenbosch University will equip you with strategic foresight to make long-range decisions, mitigate risk and sense opportunities – essential competencies for strategists and senior leaders. You will learn how to respond to change and to make the right decisions to thrive as a result of change.


As the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world, the Futures Studies course at Stellenbosch University will equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s unique developmental challenges into account.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, consultant or corporate leader.

What is Futures Studies?

Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. You will gain an understanding how various futures will unfold so that you can make better decisions. Futures Studies analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces, and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It therefore equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scanning the Environment
  • Demography
  • Technology Futures
  • Applied Futures Studies
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Futures Studies Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies, with an average of at least 65%.
  • Additional requirements: All modules must be passed for the degree to be conferred.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6940 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13881 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5518 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11036 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Students from South Africa: R199,399
  • ​International students from the rest of the world: R250,789

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /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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