Academic Year 2020/2021

The Master in Social Foresight is a second-level master's course organized by the Department of Sociology and Social Research under the patronage of UNESCO, and it is the first course on future studies in Italy.

The course is mostly aimed at people who are already working in public or private organizations in management or leadership positions who would like to learn new decision-making tools. People with a future-oriented vision and with the ability to achieve its potential are more and more in demand in the business sector for strategic planning, and the course provides opportunities for professional development in this sense.

The Master’s course is taught in Italian

Course Objectives

The participants will acquire the skills to: 

  • understand the complexity and uncertainties of present time; 
  • design possible strategies to tackle future challenges; 
  • develop and implement anticipatory, flexible, solid strategies.

The course will provide theoretical knowledge in a variety of subjects and include a combination of academic and non-academic skills. Theory will be taught side by side with practical examples, workshops and group work to make knowledge acquired more readily usable. The participants will learn to face the complexities and dynamics of contemporary society, markets and industries, thanks to the formal and informal knowledge that they will acquire. 

The final examination consists in an individual work that the participants have to write under the supervision of a faculty member or expert in the field and present to a committee appointed by the Master’s scientific committee.

The participants who have attended the program regularly and have passed the periodic assessments and the final examination will receive, in June 2021, a Second level Master’s Degree in Social Foresight.


Between September 2020 and January 2021 there will be ten series of three meetings, organized to meet the needs of working participants: 

  • Thursday afternoon 14.00 - 18.00 
  • Friday (all day) 9.00 - 13.00 e 14.00 - 18.00
  • Saturday morning 9.00 - 13.00, for 200 hours of in presence and online work

The participants must attend at least 70% of the course work, including all activities.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • a degree awarded under Ministerial Decree no. 270/04 or Ministerial Decree 509/99;
  • a degree awarded under regulations in force before Ministerial Decree no. 509/99;
  • a foreign degree (equivalent to the above).

The selection procedure is also open to students who will obtain their qualification before 31 December 2020. Those who pass the admission test will be put on the list of enrolled students “waiting for confirmation”, until the award of the degree.

Master’s students cannot enrol in other university courses at the same time.

The course is open to a maximum of three auditing students, who will only attend in-class lessons. Auditing students must hold the same qualifications as the other participants.  Tuition fees for auditing students amount to 1,000 euro; at the end of the course they will receive a certificate of attendance detailing the specific lessons or modules they have attended. Auditing students are required to submit their application online by 25 June 2020, 12.00.

Selection criteria

Applications must be submitted through the online application form by 12.00 of 25 June 2020.

The master’s scientific committee will select candidates based on their CV and their motivation letter, which must include any publications. The committee shall award points as follows:

  • Curriculum Vitae: max. 20 points
  • Motivation letter: max. 20 points
  • Publications (if any): max. 10 points

The first 25 applicants on the list of eligible candidates are admitted to the Master’s course and will be invited to confirm their registration by paying the relevant fee. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to start.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees amount to 3,000 euro to be paid in two instalments: the first one at the time of registration (2,000 euro), the second one (1,000 euro) before 29 January 2021.

Deadline overview

  • Deadline for online application: 25 June 2020, 12.00;
  • Publication of the list of admitted candidates: by 16 July 2020;
  • Registration and payment of tuition fees: 29 July 2020;
  • Course start: September 2020;
  • Submission of individual work: 14 May 2021.


Director: Professor Roberto Poli – UNESCO Chair of in Anticipatory Systems