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Develop your talent for future thinking.

This vital skill can significantly enhance your ability to succeed in an ever-changing business world.

Join our online Future Thinking course to investigate the international, economic and business environments in which modern-day businesses operate.

  • Learn the art of future foresighting.
  • Study consumer decision making.
  • Enhance your skills in industry analytics.

Access this focused part of our MBA on an online course you can fit around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our online MBA (Global).

What will I study?

On this online short course, you’ll examine future thinking. You’ll explore what future thinking means, its role, and its relationship to planning and strategy.

You’ll also:

  • gain a greater insight into how our world works and the nature of change
  • engage in your own scenario development process based on your own professional experience and research.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Differentiate between scenarios, predictions and forecasts.
  • Apply scenario-planning approaches to strategic management problems.
  • Explain what distinguishes scenario planning from other planning approaches.
  • Appreciate the range of challenges facing organisations operating in the 21st century.

How will I study?

Future Thinking is an eight-week short course, delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Tuition is one-to-one and unlimited, which means your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • projects
  • online one-to-one tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

This course is taught at Masters level by experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Business School.


This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • a scenario development project (60% of your final grade)
  • a reflective review in the form of a 2,000-word essay (40% of your final grade).

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards your MBA

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

MBA (Global)

  • The only 100% online MBA from an ancient UK university.
  • Tailored to your career and research goals.
  • Develops key skills in leadership, innovation, change management, strategy development, sales and marketing.

Build your learning

We have a range of online Business short courses you can use to build your skills.

Most carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
22 March 2021