Future Governance

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Technology and data are transforming governance across the globe. How we apply ethical and innovative use of data and technology to society’s most pressing challenges is key to how we govern our future world. This new MSc programme in the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) explores and analyses the challenges and opportunities that big data brings to the future of democracy.

This is a unique, new interdisciplinary programme 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 can exit at the end of 2 years with the PgDip Future Governance.

You can exit at the end of 9 months with the PgCert Future Governance.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline.

Your application will also be considered if you have other professional qualifications or experience.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2-3 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Edinburgh Futures Institute

SCQF Level