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 with this flexible short course that fits around full-time work.

Build credits towards an MBA

This online course is part of:

Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use the credits you earn on this course towards this MBA.

What you’ll study

In 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 you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Future Thinking course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

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.

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

Your tutors

You’ll learn from 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 this will take you

Towards an MBA

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use these credits towards our:

Online 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 and leadership courses you can use to build your skills, earn university credits, and gain postgraduate qualifications.


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 career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

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.

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