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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.

DomesticUP TO$16,260NZD
Master of Technological Futures (180 Credits)
March, July and October
Blended; online learning and in-person sessions

Outcomes and Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

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.

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

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

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

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

My journey

Janet Chenery’s love of learning reignited her career

An academyEX graduate and burgeoning business consultant and entrepreneur, Janet Chenery personifies what it means to be a lifelong learner. Feeling stagnant and uninspired by her career in technology, Janet discovered the Masters of Technological Futures offered by academyEX - and never looked back. As she embarks on a late career resurgence, Janet’s story reminds us that it is never too late to disrupt the status quo. Master your technological future, and learn how to plan and shape ideas to generate solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems with the Master of Technological Futures programme at academyEX


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.

Continued learning

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


How this Masters programme works

Incorporate technology into your world

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.

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 indstury or community.

Part 3: Project Implementation

Over 20-40 weeks, self-manage the implementation of your project and develop valuable outputs. Choose to complete a 90 credit project, or complement your project with micro-credentials to further advance your knowledge and capability.

Note: This programme structure is an update to the Master of Technological Futures and is currently under review by NZQA.


What you need to know

This Masters is delivered across 14-18 months. In addition to the session times below, allow 16-20 hrs per week for self directed learning (includes working on your assessments and researching your project interest area). Orientation takes place over two days at the beginning of the programme and all students are expected to attend these two days in person at academyEX HQ in Auckland.

  • During Part 1 of the programme, students are expected to attend 2 hour weekly online sessions (Thursday) and a full day workshop every 6 weeks (Friday) (these workshops are delivered in a hybrid format, but we enourage attendance in Auckland as much as possible)

  • During Part 2 of the programme, the same delivery model as Part 1 is used, however weekly online sessions are on Tuesdays. Full day workshops every 6 weeks continue to be on Fridays

  • During Part 3 of the programme, there are no weekly online sessions, but full day workshops every 6 weeks continue on Fridays to maintain connection with your cohort whilst you are out making impact and implementing your project

Please contact for further details.

All students are required to attend the two day Orientation in person at academyEX HQ in Auckland. Full day workshops are delivered hyrbid and can therefore be attended online, however we encourage students to attend in person as often as possible as the benefits for connection, ntwroking and learning when in person are significant.

There are three intakes of this masters programme per year, starting in March, July and October in 2024.

Applications close two weeks before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX.

Please contact if applications are closed and you would like to apply.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme in 2024 is $16,700 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$44,000 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZ$28,695

For domestic students, invoices will be issued for tuition fees prior to the start date of each part (Part 1, 2 and 3) of the programme, unless otherwise requested. Fees are payable 7 days prior to the start date. Please contact for more information.

As part of your enrolment for Masters programmes you will need to be interviewed by a member of our programme teams. You can book your interview during the application process and our Student Experience team will be on hand to help. You can find out more about what to expect in the interview here in our Master of Technological Futures Interview Guide.  

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. The following scholarships can be applied for, and cover 50% of the programme fees in 2024.

  • Tangata Whenua - for learners who identify as Māori

  • Pacific Ako - for learners who identify as Pacific

  • Taipakeke - for learners who are aged 60 years and over

  • Impact Scholarship - for learners who are positively impacting people, society and/or the planet

Find out more, including scholarship terms and conditions, by visiting our Scholarships page Early Bird Discount: There is an Early Bird discount of 10% off the course fees for domestic students who apply 4 weeks before the start date of an intake, and 8 weeks before the start of an intake for international students. The discount will be applied to your invoice automatically through the enrolment process. Limited-Time Offer for International Students in 2023: For the October 2023 intake of the Master of Technological Futures programme, a special Early Bird discount of 25% off the course fees is available for a limited time only, exclusively for international students who submit their applications at least 8 weeks before the programme start date, which is October 19th, 2023.

Get in touch with our Enrolment Team for more details (

Please note: Early Bird Discount and Scholarships cannot both be applied. If you receive a scholarship, the remaining amount payable will not be discounted with the early bird rate.

Yes, domestic students studying in New Zealand can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan for this programme. 

Check this StudyLink page for more details on how to apply. Domestics students may also be eligible for Fees Free

To be admitted to this Masters, you need to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma (or higher) AND relevant professional and/or technical experience that demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed, 


  • Relevant professional and/or technical experience that demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed.

Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!

In the lead up to the start of each intake, fully enrolled students will receive onboarding emails from the team, as well as access to platforms that will be used during your study. An online orientation session is held at the beginning of each intake, and all students are expected to attend in person at academyEX HQ in Auckland. International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

The Master of Technological Futures is designed specifically for people who want to be a part of and lead the way forward in the new world of business. This is intentional learning at its very best.

This programme is for you if you want to:

  • expand your knowledge and experience with digital technologies

  • develop out an idea or project that could revolutionize your workplace or industry

  • level up your capabilities for a move forward, or sideways in your career

A Master’s degree from Tech Futures Lab says you look to the future with open eyes – you not only understand the impacts’ technology will have on our world, but you are also able to harness them to develop solutions that are inclusive, sustainable and impactful.

Our students come from all sorts of different backgrounds. What is common is their desire to make a difference - to themselves, their organisations, their communities - or the world.

Yes, it is possible to complete the Master of Technological Futures studying full time, across 14 months. All students complete Part 1 and 2 across the same timeframe, and full time students complete Part 3 of the programme in 20 weeks.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or in-person in New Zealand with an appopriate visa. To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

Our stackable learning means you can take a mix ‘n match approach to building your skills, knowledge and network across programmes, no matter which faculty, so you have a customised toolkit to make change and innovate where it matters most to you.

The Master of Technological Futures can include micro-credentials and postgraduate certificate courses. You can think of micro-credentials as building blocks of learning. Each building block could be credited to larger qualifications (e.g. a Master’s degree) if a specific micro-credential aligns to specific learning outcomes covered in a larger qualification. It’s worth having a chat with us about what you’re seeking to achieve for your upskilling so we can help with selecting the right learning pathways for you.

Yes, absolutely. Part 1 of the Masters programme, no matter which pathway you take, is designed to support reflection, ideation and identification of a project idea. Sitting in the problem space can sometimes be unfamiliar, but it is very important to us that we set you up for success by supporting you to identify your project topic. The content that is taught across Part 1 might also spark some new ideas!

Yes, the programme does not require you to feel confident or have extensive technical knowledge. Some students are highly technical and aspire to be creating new tech. Others have a strong business, social or enterprise focus and are looking to develop their own venture or lead teams enabled by technology products and services. Whether you're a digital native or newbie, our programmes will work for you.

Industry experts pitch their content to ensure that no knowledge is assumed. The most important quality is to attend each session with an open mind, curiosity and willingness to step outside your comfort zone to develop new knowledge, skills and capabilities. Sometimes the most informative and relevant sessions are those we least expect or have limited knowledge of before engaging with the content!

The Master's programme was developed in 2016, and since then we've had twenty Master's cohort, and over 120 graduates. All our programmes are adapted with each new intake to remain contemporary with change and loop in learnings from previous cohorts, but the fundamentals remain the same.

There are many aspects of this Master’s that make it unique and impactful. One that is valued by many students is the way the programme focuses on applied learning (as do the other Master’s delivered by academyEX), with the project outputs being defined in negotiation with the Programme Team. You have the opportunity to have real impact and support the growth of resilient organisations and systems through your work. 

We can chat through the other unique elements of the Masters. Book a chat with Megan Bruere (Outreach Manager) to discuss more!

Studying full time is a significant commitment (35 - 40 hours per week) and we do not recommend working full time whilst studying full time. Please contact us if you have specific circumstances that you would like to discuss.

We are very happy to help you to communicate the benefits of studying with academyEX to your employer. If you would like us to provide you with a letter of support or further information, please just ask.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a Master’s programme requires some consideration. If you have any questions, we’re here to help answer them.

Book a chat

We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human!

Book a call at a time that suits you and Megan, our Outreach Manager will be able to answer your questions and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

Apply now

Take the first step toward your Master's and complete our online application form. There will be documentation to provide, but we'll guide you through the process. Our Enrolments Team will be in touch with the next steps for you to become a changemaker in your workplace or launch yourself into a totally new world.