Master of Applied Practice – Technological Futures

Programme Handbook

Our Master's is flexible, knowledge driven and project-based. 


Future-proof your career or business through core sessions with industry experts and ongoing support as you create and implement your own project.

The nuts and bolts

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

1. Immersion Phase

12 weeks

Immersion at our Tech Futures Lab HQ. This includes core learning sessions, applied project work, research and collaborative workshops, and a number of guest speaker sessions.

2. Project Phase

38 weeks

Develop and implement your project plan. Driven by you with access to the Tech Futures Lab workspace and guidance from advisors.

Draw on new knowledge of emerging and disruptive technologies. Utilise strategies of tech-enabled businesses. Implement your personal project.

Graduate with the globally recognised Master of Applied Practice - Technological Futures

1. Immersion Phase
Weeks 1–12

Onsite at Tech Futures Lab in Newmarket


Session times

Weeks 1-6:

Mon, Wed, Fri  (10am–1pm)

Tues, Thurs (9am–5pm)

Weeks 7-12:

Mon, Wed, Fri (10am-1pm)
Tue, Thurs (9am-1pm)


Throughout these 12 weeks you will explore critical technologies and approaches that are defining the new world of business, and collaborate with industry and your peers.


You will gain a greater understanding of exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data science, machine learning, cybersecurity, blockchain and robotics, as well as new approaches to business, including the sharing economy, ideation, design thinking, stakeholders and the customer journey.


Armed with this applied knowledge, over the 12 weeks you’ll create a project plan that is informed by emerging and disruptive technologies and lays out the development and/or implementation of a new product or service.


Accompanying the project plan is a learning agreement. This details key points including success criteria, intellectual property considerations, any agreements with your workplace (where relevant) and how the advisor relationship will be managed in Phase 2.


Written and oral reports during Phase 1 act as checkpoints to ensure you’re on track.

2. Project Phase
Weeks 13–50

Work from anywhere on your project plan


The following 38 weeks will be focused on research and implementation of your project plan.


You’ll have access to the Tech Futures Lab facilities as well as the educational resources provided by Unitec, and throughout this time you’ll be in regular contact with your advisor.


Phase 2 will be shaped by your personal project plan and your learning agreement, which is defined in Phase 1.


Upon completion of the programme, candidates achieve a Master of Applied Practice – Technological Futures. The qualification is certified by Unitec Institute of Technology and delivered by Tech Futures Lab.


Core course topics

In the first 12 weeks of the course, you’ll attend sessions on the most significant emerging and disruptive technologies as well as new business models and methods.


Every venture and project needs to be viewed through these lenses to ensure they’re set up for the long term. Our purpose is to broaden your thinking, make new connections and create future-proofed concepts that can last the distance.


We collaborate with top industry experts and educators here and beyond to make sure these sessions are packed with examples, case studies and personal experiences, and provide real-world information you can build on.


Entry requirements

No specific technical ability is required, but candidates must demonstrate a willingness to learn with relevant industry experience.


The cohort is strictly limited to 30 candidates, in order of registration.


Eligibility for admission
  • Senior level organisational experience or management experience; and/or

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or Level 7 Graduate Diploma

  • Evidence of relevant professional and/or technical experience to demonstrate an ability and potential to succeed


Note: You do not need to have prior tertiary qualifications. Relevant industry experience is sufficient.

All potential candidates will be required to have at least one face-to-face interview with Tech Futures Lab to assess eligibility and likelihood of success on the programme.

English language requirements apply. The programme is open to international students, subject to visa eligibility and satisfaction of the Admission Requirements.

As a full time Master's programme, the course is eligible for a Student Loan through StudyLink.


Earlybirds receive 10% off full tuition fees.

6 November 2018

Earlybird close date: September 23

Application close date: October 27

March 2019

Details coming soon. Contact us for info. 

Full tuition fees

Domestic: $15,139

International: $43,700

Fees include GST.

Scholarships and Discounts

We currently offer scholarships for Maori and Pacific Island candidates which cover 50% of full tuition fees. We have two scholarships available for each intake.

Contact us for more information and to see if you are eligible.

All intakes are 50 weeks' duration, inclusive of public holidays. Intakes are limited to 30 candidates, in order of registration. Conditions apply - contact us for more.


Tech Futures Lab HQ

Located in central Auckland, Tech Futures Lab provides an inspiring environment ideal for exploring, experimenting and innovating.


The Lab has direct access to two train lines, and the bus network and has affordable parking available within walking distance.


Our technical and learning laboratory has been designed to support and encourage collaboration, and combines contemporary shared learning environments with dedicated learning spaces for workshops, labs and tutorials.

Throughout the entirety of the 50 weeks you will have access to the space and can use it as it suits you.

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Find out more

We offer one on one consultations with our team here at Tech Futures Lab.
Get in touch to book a time - we'd love to talk to you.

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Auckland 1023

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99 Khyber Pass Road

Grafton, Auckland 1023

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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.