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Course summary

An innovative, interdisciplinary degree with Edinburgh Futures Institute We see and shape the world through narrative. The stories that mould our hopes and dreams, that direct our responses to climate change and our economic and political behavior, are found everywhere: on the page, on the stage and on the screen, in offices, museums and classrooms, in computer labs and in the great outdoors, told by human beings and by algorithms. If you want to investigate how narratives influence our lived realities and how they can create alternative ways of envisioning the future, then the Edinburgh Futures Institute Masters programme in Narrative Futures is for you. Whichever career you are based in or aspire to (creative, technical, governmental, academic), you will be able to apply the insights gained during your studies. The programme offers all the benefits of interdisciplinarity while maintaining a strong emphasis on integration by bringing together three broad areas of inquiry: art, data and society. You will learn how narratives are being transformed:

  • in a variety of artistic domains, from creative writing to game design
  • in different spheres of social life, from digital markets to religious or environmental discourses
  • at the frontier of computational developments in artificial intelligence
For your final project, you will apply your conceptual understanding of storytelling dynamics to produce a new narrative artefact of your own or to critically analyse an existing narrative medium or practice. This forward-looking programme in Narrative Futures combines hands-on creative and data skills development with research-led theoretical inquiry to help you master the narratives through which human beings perceive and (re)create the world. Postgraduate study at the Edinburgh Futures Institute This programme is part of an interconnected portfolio of postgraduate study in the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). The EFI supports interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research that is focussed on complex global and social challenges. Our programmes are taught by academic experts from many different subject areas. As an EFI student, you will develop creative, critical and data-informed thinking that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries. You will have the space to think deeply about questions linked to your own passions and professional goals and will develop a project based on an issue that you care about. As well as knowledge specific to your area of study, studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute will give you the skills and understanding you need to become a creative, confident and critical citizen in a fast-changing world. These skills include:
  • core data skills
  • data ethics
  • the ability to interrogate issues of global scope using methods from across disciplines
  • creative and analytic approaches to knowledge
You can join us regardless of whether you already have skills in the use and application of digital data.

Modules

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on the University of Edinburgh website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Fees and funding

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Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS