SO WHAT MAKES THE TECH FU­TURES’ MAS­TER’S STAND OUT FROM OTHER POST- GRAD­U­ATE DE­GREES?

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You can’t fos­ter in­no­va­tion by do­ing things the same old way, so our Mas­ter’s re­ally breaks the mould. We take a very ex­pe­ri­en­tial ap­proach. For ex­am­ple, you don’t learn about de­sign think­ing or ag­ile method­olo­gies as con­cepts, you learn about them by us­ing them. That ap­plied, prac­ti­cal qual­ity is also clear in the way our Mas­ter’s is as­sessed. There are no ob­vi­ous pa­pers or cour­ses, no the­sis or exam. In­stead you de­velop a project – it could be a new busi­ness or a new way of do­ing some­thing in an ex­ist­ing busi­ness or a cor­po­ra­tion – and that is what is as­sessed. Projects have a life be­yond the Mas­ter’s pro­gramme – it’s a launch pad. It’s not like you fin­ish and then have to think “Right, what now?”

An­other dif­fer­ence is the high level of in­dus­try in­volve­ment. At Tech Fu­tures Lab, you’ll get three or four ex­ter­nal speak­ers a week dur­ing the first few months. These are in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs from lead­ing-edge or­gan­i­sa­tions who are will­ing to be re­ally open about their ex­pe­ri­ence and gen­er­ous with their ex­per­tise. They’re also sup­port­ive of our can­di­dates be­yond the pro­gramme. Do­ing our Mas­ter’s builds an in­cred­i­ble pro­fes­sional net­work.

It is also very col­lab­o­ra­tive. You’re not iso­lated, work­ing away with oc­ca­sional help from a su­per­vi­sor. Our can­di­dates de­velop their projects with each other’s in­put, which brings the strength of di­ver­sity into play. We keep our co­horts small - never more than 30 - to fos­ter this in­ter­ac­tion.

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