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PhD in Futures Studies

PhD in Futures Studies

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Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes End of April and end of October annually

USB’s PhD in Futures Studies builds on its MPhil in Futures Studies. This programme allows you to become a specialist in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through supervised doctoral research. This is the only PhD of its kind in Africa. The minimum registration period is two years.

PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

 

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

The programme consists of supervised research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The minimum registration period is two years.

The PhD dissertation must represent an original and significant contribution to advance knowledge in futures studies. It must also demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution. It must create intellectual capital.

USB’s MPhil in Futures Studies which includes a substantial written thesis.

International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
 Programme tuition fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total
Students from South Africa R49 125 R49 925 R99 850
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 195 R54 195 R108 390
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R58 965 R58 965 R117 930
​International students from the rest of the world R58 965 R58 965 R117  930
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2020
​​​​Students from South Africa R11 900
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 098
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 483
​International students from the rest of the world R29 483
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

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Class Profile 2018

Under 25 years
31-36 years
37 years & older
Black african
White
Indian
Other
Law
Commerce
Arts & Humanities
3-6 years
7-11 years
Other

You will benefit from this doctoral degree if you want to do specialised research to support the growth agendas of South Africa and Africa. You will gain a crucial understanding of development finance to apply in senior positions in policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, financial institutions and global organisations.

  • You will be able to become a development finance practitioner and develop Africa where it matters.
  • You will be able to implement the design and financing of growth initiatives ranging from roads and energy plants to houses and hospitals.
  • You will gain an understanding of the structure of African economies and how financial markets contribute to development.
  • You will acquire the skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.
  • You will be able to work in financial institutions such as banks and development finance corporations, and in policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, and also global organisations.

Testimonials from our alumni

Jan Naude, Futurist, Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch,

‘The PhD study enhanced my career as analyst and consultant tremendously. Previously, I tended to have a narrow approach as an analyst of global geo-strategic dynamics. The PhD (Futures Studies) changed all that and ingrained a holistic approach based on open-mindedness to see things more clearly from multiple perspectives.’

Rianne van Vuuren , Advisor at Aquilo Forecasting ,

‘The road of exploring the philosophy and methodologies of Futures Studies was indeed bumpy but also extremely rewarding. Although many academic disciplines do pursue elements of forward-looking perspectives, only Future Studies provides a multi-, trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.’

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FAQ’s

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

A minimum registration period of two years is required.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.


Masters in future studies

MPhil in Futures Studies

MPhil in Futures Studies

Applications close 12 December

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Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes December 2019

The MPhil in Futures Studies is a 2-year programme that will grow your knowledge and understanding of futures concepts and tools so that you are able to perform your duties as a professional futurist responsible for strategising and planning. You will acquire the skills to understand local and global issues, and also understand their impact on your and your clients’ strategies.

Application closes

South African students: 12 December 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

 

CLASSES
6 February – 1 October 2020 (Thursday evenings)
YEAR 1
Complete 5 core modules on-campus or via online classes
YEAR 2
Complete the research assignment
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.

 

Programme fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R96 085 R77 058 R173 143 Request Quote
Students from Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries
R100 355 R81 328 R181 683 Request Quote
International students from the
rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R105 125 R86 098 R191 223 Request Quote
International students from
the rest of the world
R130 195 R111 168 R241 363 Request Quote
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from SADC countries R50 178
International students
from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R52 563
International students
from the rest of the world
R65 098
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable;
applicable to all students)
R800

 

Overview

The MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the concepts introduced in the Postgraduate Diploma. The content of the programme is aligned with the professional and intellectual skills required of futurists. You will, among others, acquire consultation and facilitation capabilities, and learn how to manage projects and do stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, scenario planning and strategic planning.

Core Modules

This programme consists of 5 modules:

  • Scanning the Environment
  • Demography
  • Technology Futures
  • Applied Futures Studies
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Futures Studies Methods

Research assignment

You need to complete a research assignment during the second year of enrolment which counts for 80 of your total course credits. This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a field of your choice.

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies to deepen your understanding of futures concepts and futures tools. It is aimed at anyone who wants to bring about a more desirable future by equipping decision makers and strategic planners with the essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions. This will allow them to deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally.

Complete and pass USB‘s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies with an average of at least 65%.

International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Class Profile 2018

Less than 2 years
3-6 years
Unknown
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Commerce
Arts & Humanities
Engineering
Natural & Physical Science
Unknown
Law
Information Technology
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White

Futures Studies will typically benefit strategic planners, decision makers, managing directors, CEOs and others involved in long-term planning. These programmes will prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

  • You will significantly enhance your decision-making and strategy-setting skills because you will have an understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future.
  • You will enhance your understanding of the complexity of global change, including its rapid pace and impact on Africa, and also on your or your clients’ organisations.
  • You will acquire the professional and intellectual skills needed to become a professional futurist.
  • You will be able to build a career path leading to senior management positions in a range of private and public sector institutions.

Testimonials from our alumni

Liz Hillock, Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies 2014, has subsequently completed her MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘I found the PGDip in Futures Studies incredibly rewarding. Although it is part of the Business School, the course itself is interdisciplinary. It not only helped me in aspects of my job but, more importantly, it has enabled me to see the world at large with fresh eyes.’

Isaac Nkama, Director at Facilitation Africa, PGDip and MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘In a rapidly changing world, the ability to interpret and influence your environment can make the difference between securing your relevance in tomorrow’s world – or an irreversible error for your organisation’s future. This multidisciplinary programme is for those who recognise that the globalised and highly dynamic world is no longer business as usual, and who want to stay ahead by strategically shaping today’s developments for tomorrow’s success.’

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FAQ’s

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

This programme is conducted over a two year period.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries.

Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.

ARPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The course content is presented through a series of lectures and workshops, delivered in blended learning format. With blended learning you can choose between on-campus classes and online classes. This makes the programme convenient and accessible for busy business people and executives. It also means you can study while you work. Students have to be thoroughly prepared for blended learning lectures so as to extract optimal benefit from contact sessions.

For the course-based part of the programme, you can choose between attending weekly classes (4-hour classes) on campus or, alternatively, downstreaming the classes by logging in and participating online using your own computer or device.


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Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in
Futures Studies

Applications close 30 November

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Course Overview
Course starts January 2020
Application closes November 2019


The one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies will expose you to an understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future, and to the nature of global change. This will enable you to manage long-term organisational strategies that will help you design the ideal future.

Application closes

South African: 30 November 2019
ARPL: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

 

YEAR 1
INITIAL ON-CAMPUS BLOCK
22 – 25 January 2020 (including orientation)
CLASSES
4 February – 1 October (Tuesday evenings)
FORMAT
Attend in person or connect via any internet-linked device.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R98 900 Request Quote
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R103 170 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 940 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R160 220 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from SADC countries R51 585
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)​​ R53 970
International students from the rest of the world R80 110
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

Overview

This is a one-year programme that will equip you with the skills to make strategic decisions for a better future, while taking into account increasing competitiveness, complexity and volatility. It also lays down the foundation of knowledge and skills that will give you access to a MPhil in Futures Studies.

Core Modules

The six modules for this course are:

  • Applied philosophy
  • Managing for change
  • Principles of futures studies
  • Applied systems thinking
  • Measuring and making the future
  • Understanding the world

This course provides learners with the basic skills to implement long-term strategies to create a better future for people, manage an increasingly complex environment in any organisation and provide the foundation you need for a MPhil in Futures Studies.

Read our overview of USB’s Futures Studies programmes.

To apply for the PGDip in Futures Studies you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • At least 2 years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL.

In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at USB have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least TEN years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least FIVE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the abilities to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.

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Class Profile 2018

25–30 years
31–36 years
37 years & older
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Commerce
Arts & Humanities
Information Technology
Education
Engineering
Unknown
2 years
3–6 years
7–11 years
12 years & more
Unknown

Futures Studies will typically benefit strategic planners, decision makers, managing directors, CEOs and others involved in long-term planning. These programmes will prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

  • You will significantly enhance your decision-making and strategy-setting skills because you will have an understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future.
  • You will enhance your understanding of the complexity of global change, including its rapid pace and impact on Africa, and also on your or your clients’ organisations.
  • You will acquire the professional and intellectual skills needed to become a professional futurist.
  • You will be able to build a career path leading to senior management positions in a range of private and public sector institutions.

Testimonials from our alumni

Liz Hillock, Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies 2014, has subsequently completed her MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘I found the PGDip in Futures Studies incredibly rewarding. Although it is part of the Business School, the course itself is interdisciplinary. It not only helped me in aspects of my job but, more importantly, it has enabled me to see the world at large with fresh eyes.’

Isaac Nkama, Director at Facilitation Africa, PGDip and MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘In a rapidly changing world, the ability to interpret and influence your environment can make the difference between securing your relevance in tomorrow’s world – or an irreversible error for your organisation’s future. This multidisciplinary programme is for those who recognise that the globalised and highly dynamic world is no longer business as usual, and who want to stay ahead by strategically shaping today’s developments for tomorrow’s success.’

Doris Viljoen, PGDip in Futures Studies 2016,

‘The PGDip in Futures Studies seamlessly integrates seemingly dissimilar fields into a whole that both challenged and extended my perspective of our complex world. I enjoyed the diversity of the subject material and the challenges set by the very practical assignments. I prefer to be in class with my fellow students, but the option to attend virtually meant that I could travel and still attend class from wherever there was an internet connection.’

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This PhD is the only one of its kind in ...

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MPhil in Futures Studies

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FAQ’s

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

An appropriate Bachelor’s degree. A minimum period of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning

A student may be accepted on Assessment of Recognition and Prior Learning.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Services Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

There are six modules.

Yes. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries.

Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.

ARPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.