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Master of Technological Futures

Master your technological future and stay on top of business innovation. Join us to discover new insights, diverse perspectives and learn how to plan and shape ideas to generate solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.

NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)
March, July and October
Blended: online learning and in-person sessions
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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

Develop applied skills

Develop applied skills in contemporary business practices that encourage innovative and creative thinking - like design sprints, agile methods and systems-led strategies.

Technology and impact

Critically analyse and evaluate your context through the lens of emerging disruptive technologies and understand how to apply these for impact.

Be part of a community

Connect with a community of change makers and innovators leading and shaping the businesses and industries of tomorrow.

NZQA accredited Masters

Acquire a recognised NZQA accredited Master’s degree that has transformed your mindset to innovate, create and lead projects and businesses that will make lasting impact.

The Master of Technological Futures is a highly innovative Master’s programme for people who want to drive positive change. Designed in consultation with industry and delivered by leading technology experts, futurists and social enterprise leaders, this applied programme upskills professionals to take full advantage of what this fast-emerging digital era offers.

You’ll learn how to do things differently – to see from new perspectives, to plan and shape ideas using new methodologies and develop your leadership skills to be able to drive change in your workplace and communities.

There are three key dimensions where the programme expands your knowledge:

  • Emerging Disruptive Technologies (EDT). Key technologies like Blockchain, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, VR/AR and Robotics.

  • New business models, methods and mindsets. Contemporary approaches to structuring, leading, and developing businesses, including systems and futures thinking, strategic insights, fit for an ever-changing environment.

  • Societal shifts - influences from society that impact business like circular, sharing, and collaborative economies, the digital-first generation, and the value of genuine indigenous perspectives and wisdom. 

The programme puts you at the centre of change and possibility to enable you to clearly identify opportunities and know how to create sustainable impactful solutions.

The Master of Technological Futures programme differs from traditional Master’s degrees as it’s practical, designed in close consultation with industry experts and you have the choice to either complete it with a research or real-world project. You'll work through a process to develop a project proposal bespoke to you and your identified area and then implement this project all with the support of a dedicated advisor. They will support and guide you throughout the duration of the programme and connect you with other experts, industry or academic, to help round out research and project outcomes.

The programme puts you at the centre of change and possibility to enable you to clearly identify opportunities and know how to create sustainable impactful solutions. You'll work through a process to develop a project proposal bespoke to you and your identified area and then implement this project all with the support of a dedicated advisor. They will support and guide you throughout the duration of the programme and connect you with other experts, industry or academic, to help round out research and project outcomes.

This qualification is regarded as a Research Masters when students enrol in the 90 credit Level 9 project course as part of their study.

Domestic UP TO$16,700NZD
International$44,000NZD
NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)
March, July and October
Blended: online learning and in-person sessions

Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Janet Chenery, Master of Technological Futures

PATHWAYS

Where this could take you

Apply your technology knowledge in a practical way to create innovative change

Follow your passion

With your newfound knowledge, skills and mindset to innovate, create and lead projects that will make lasting impact.

Boost your career

Utilise your skills to become an intrapreneur, inhouse change agent or consultant. Start a new business or develop a product or framework.

Continue your impact

Dive into micro-credentials to continue your learning with academyEX, or level up your learning by applying for professional doctoral studies.

Don’t take OUR WORD FOR IT

Here’s what our students say

Janet Student Story

Feeling stuck in a cycle, I knew I needed a change to re-energize myself. Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Ashley Student Story

The Mind Lab played a significant role in my journey, as it allowed me to expand my skill set in the change space and incorporate mataranga Māori into my work. Their commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous paradigms truly appealed to me.

Rafiq

I was drawn to MBA programs but felt they didn't align with my goals. Then, I discovered Tech Futures Lab, and it felt like the perfect fit. The Master of Technological Futures course provided real-world experiences, and to my surprise, I possessed the academic skills needed to succeed, thanks to my training in the New Zealand Defense Force.

Natalie Allumni

The hands-on experience and practical approach of the courses were refreshing, making learning directly applicable to everyday life. Now, as a food tech teacher at Kelston Intermediate, I use these lessons to empower my students and enhance their learning experience. academyEX's Mind Lab has transformed my life, and I'm excited to inspire and guide the next generation to unlock their full potential.

Never doubt yourself because with the village around you and the right support, you can achieve anything. Working with the team and The Mind Lab was a collaborative and enriching experience that further amplified the impact of the project. academyEX provides the perfect environment to unleash your potential and make a real difference!

academyEX changed everything for me. I was a boy who failed in the New Zealand education system in thge 70's. The powerful tools I gained from the classroom have been invaluable. My favorite part of the learning experience was collaborating with a team of six people, learning together, and supporting each other along the way. It was truly empowering to help others on their journey.

academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

As the first in my generation to graduate, academyEX helped me overcome systemic challenges and become a testimony of what's possible. Embracing our differences, this community welcomed us with open arms. It's a place where crazy ideas are encouraged and experimentation is celebrated.

If you're looking for something hands-on, this is the place to be! The Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good goes beyond mere theory; it's about practical application and making a genuine impact.

The support from the team is unparalleled! Don't hesitate to take that first step with academyEX because you'll never be left to flounder on your own.

I've learned so much from academyEX! It has given me the fuel to share my learnings with the young women I work with. My project focused on digital learning and building online communities, and it was incredible to apply the insights from working with thousands of young women at GirlBoss New Zealand. Education is a powerful tool that boosts your capabilities to contribute to the community. academyEX has built my confidence in the work I do, and I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

academyEX provided the platform and support to pursue my mission with passion and purpose. My project at academyEX was particularly challenging, but it was also deeply meaningful to me.

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COURSE OUTLINE

How this Masters programme works

Incorporate technology into your world

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Part 1: Immersion Phase.

Over 20 weeks, become immersed in a world of learning as you hear from industry experts on a range of contemporary and innovative topics including emerging technologies, disrupted systems and industries and ethics.

Apply your learning to your practice and begin to reflect on and develop project ideas. See FAQs below for the time commitment of this phase of the programme.

Plan

Part 2: Project planning.

If you have completed a Postgraduate Certificate with Tech Futures Lab or The Mind Lab, you can begin your Master's journey here at Part 2 - you are a third of the way there!

Over 12 weeks, be guided to apply learning about research methods, stakeholder engagement, evidence and ethics to produce a proposal for a project that you will implement in Part 3. Work with an Industry/Academic Advisor to advance professional capability and have impact in your industry or community.

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Part 3: Project Implementation.

Implement your project and develop valuable outputs over 20 (full time) or 40 (part time) weeks. Choose to complete a 90 credit project, or complement a 45 credit project with micro-credentials or elective courses to further advance your knowledge and capability.

You will work closely with an Industry/Academic Advisor who will support, connect and guide you through the project journey.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

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