Not all Master’s are created equal

The Master of Technological Futures immerses you in a world of new knowledge and insight to effect change and action. Outcomes and possibilities are unique to every candidate. There’s no thesis, no exam. You will build connections with people and concepts, and confidence in the tools, practices and technologies shaping modern work and life. The course is also available fully online.

At Tech Futures Lab you’ll be at the forefront of change, and leading conversations. You will bridge the gap between analogue and digital and forge connections between emerging influences - societal, environmental, structural, technological and economic. You will work in the spaces between traditional bodies of knowledge and at the intersection between sectors (FinTech, CleanTech, CreativeTech, AgriTech… the list goes on). 


The programme is led by proven industry leaders, innovators and change-makers from our extensive network, who help un-bundle and discuss the complexities of contemporary problems in the context of our individual settings and communities.

What makes us different?


Part-time: 18 months
3 days per month onsite for 6 months, 1 day per month onsite for a further 6 months (Friday). The final 6 months are flexible study.


Next start date

18 June 2020



Available either fully online, or onsite at our Lab in Newmarket, Auckland.


Programme type

Postgraduate, Level 9, 180 credits.


Places available

Numbers in each intake set to maximise participation.

Programme overview

What will you learn?

You will graduate with new knowledge, new connections, new understanding and the ability to lead important conversations on the impact of technological advancement, societal shifts, environmental sustainability, and new economic or business models. 


Our Master's provides a platform for career evolution, supporting value-based decision making and the adoption of bold thinking to inform projects, open up job options, influence change or create new purpose-driven entities.

Key areas of focus
  • Understanding new business models and how to respond to changing customer and market needs. 

  • Developing your ability to test, discuss and validate new ideas with experts and other candidates. 

  • Challenging traditional processes, systems and decisions based on in-depth understanding of contemporary alternatives. 

  • Working effectively with communities and teams by integrating contemporary engagement approaches, including Kaupapa Maori approaches.  

  • Debating the ethics of technological advancement and challenging long-held views or assumptions. 

  • Expanding your network, developing confidence and making connections for life.

"The one thing I was not expecting was the pōwhiri, and yet the very first thing on my very first day, there was the TFL staff, really so genuine in their mihi and pepeha. It was at that moment that I knew I could be myself here, I could bring my whole self to the programme. Who knew Tech Futures Lab would also embrace my most inner and precious taonga?” Māori are perfectly suited to the challenges facing us all: collaboration, sustainability and future-thinking is in our DNA"


Sara's Master's project is looking at what Māori are doing in the digi-tech space alongside her hapū, and other iwi, to create tikanga, Māori ethics/guidelines, for anyone who wants to create and use digital technology in Aotearoa.

Where could this qualification take you?

In a world with no limits and at a time when anything is possible, knowledge and a bit of get-up-and-go can take you anywhere. Perhaps aerospace is in your sights? Or improving education outcomes? Or creating a culture of progress in your place of work? You may have no idea - your destination may be out of focus - just a sense that you have to get in the driver’s seat.

The Master of Technological Futures is about you. It is about people and their ability to make a positive change in their lives or the lives of others. 

“It’s made a massive difference to my life - how I interact with other people, how I learn and absorb, it's made me a lot lighter on my feet in terms of the way I problem solve. ” 


Seamus Barden, Master's Graduate and Left Hand of Fr@nk Innovation & Transformation

Programme structure

Our Master’s programme is split into two key phases.


1. Immersion Phase


  • Spend three days a month at the Lab for the first six months in an intensely inspiring immersion into a new world of ideas, practices and innovation defining the future of business.

  • 16 to 20 hours per week.

2. Applied Learning Phase


  • In-Lab time drops to one day per month for the next six months, followed by six months of independent study.

  • This phase is focused on research, development and project-based learning. Your learning outcomes will be developed and driven by you with guidance from your dedicated advisor/s and mentors.

  • 16 to 20 hours per week.

2. Relevant professional and/or technical experience that demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed.

You will also be required to have a short interview. 

Places are offered in order of enrolment - first come, first served. At this time, we only accept candidates who qualify as domestic students (NZ and Australian citizens and permanent residents).

Eligibility for admission

We value industry and real-world experience as highly as an academic record. No specific technical ability is required but you must demonstrate a willingness to learn.

​There are two admission pathways:

1. A bachelor’s degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma (or higher) AND relevant professional and/or technical experience that demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed

Fees and scholarships

Domestic only

2020 fees: $15,441* (incl. GST)


*Applications received on or before the early bird cut off date receive a 10% discount. See dates below.

Student Loans 

StudyLink Student Loans are available. Depending on your study history, you may also be eligible for the Government's 'Fees Free' scheme.


For the January intake, we're offering scholarships for Maori candidates and Pacific candidates covering 50% of full tuition fees. 

Find out more 

Key dates

Next start dates:


18 June 2020 (Part-time)

Master's (GEN12) programme commences'

15 October 2020 (Part-time)

Master's (GEN13) programme commences'


Scholarship application deadline and last day for early bird applications (10% discount) is to be confirmed.

I look forward to my project going live. I can proudly say I played a significant part in bringing the project to life for Stuff Fibre. It’s a great feeling of achievement.

Ellen Yan

Master's Graduate and Business Development Manger, Stuff

A sample of our industry circle

Career advice and help

We’re here to help. Discuss with our team your aspirations and career or business goals.


Our 30 minute consultations help you better understand how to be on the right side of the future of business.


Need more information?

Download an Info Pack for addition information and candidate stories, or access our student handbook if you're ready to enroll.


Ready to go?

Have your ID handy (e.g. passport) and CV or LinkedIn profile and take the first step towards designing your future.


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Tech Futures Lab is an education facility of The Mind Lab, a NZQA registered Tertiary Education Organisation under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. Candidates who are studying on a programme delivered by Tech Futures Lab are enrolled with The Mind Lab.