Futures Studies

Understand the forces and trends that shape the future. Help to bring about a more desirable future.

Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies

Acquire high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment, while taking into account the unique developmental challenges of Africa and South Africa. Learn to make strategic, long-term decisions in an environment with increasing international competitiveness and volatility. The Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa.

It is delivered in one on-campus block (four days) and about 25 weekly blended-learning sessions (on campus or online), allowing you to study while you work. This programme provides access to the MPhil in Futures Studies. For further information, see here.

MPhil in Futures Studies

Access to the MPhil in Futures Studies programme is via USB's Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies. This programme will equip you with techniques and methods to react meaningfully to the growing complexity in the organisational environment and world affairs, especially from an African perspective. These skills include consultation and facilitation capabilities, stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, designing a futures project, systems simulation and strategic planning.

This programme runs over two years, covering five modules and a research assignment. Choose between on campus and online classes for the course-based part of the programme. For further information, see here.

PhD in Futures Studies

Become a specialist in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through doctoral research. The PhD in Futures Studies programme is aimed at professional futurists, decision makers and strategic planners who would like to distinguish themselves through in-depth research aimed at helping people to bring about a more desirable future. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa. For further information, see here.