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Masters programmes

MSc and Executive MSc 

From the world to the lab and back again.

Applications will open for 2019 entry in Autumn 2018.

If you’re curious about why people do what they do, if you want to gain or improve your research skills, or if you want to explore what psychology and behavioural science can tell us about society, then this is the right place for you.

All of our MSc programmes are one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), with the exception of the Executive MSc, beginning in September. You can apply as early as October of the year before your programme would begin.

How to apply 

 

MSc in Behavioural Science 

This MSc programme will explore the ways behavioural science can be used to change human behaviour in corporate and public environments. This MSc teaches skills in state-of-the-art methodological and statistical approaches that are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural change interventions.

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MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology

This MSc programme focuses on the interaction between organisations and the people who lead and work with/in them. We draw on the best in social science research to build new insights for diagnosing organisational problems as well as for understanding and intervening to build new organisational capabilities.

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MSc in the Psychology of Economic Life

This MSc programme provides you with psychological knowledge to analyse economic phenomena and alternative business models. It teaches skills for change management and improving socio- economic systems and business models. This programme offers a range of choice in optional courses within the Department and the School so that you can deepen or widen your expertise, and take up the advanced study of particular aspects of economic life.

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MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology

Have you ever wondered how different social contexts and cultures affect the ways in which people think, behave and relate to each other? This MSc programme explores the ways in which culture and society shape how people think, behave and relate to each other. We draw on theories, concepts and methods of social and cultural psychology to understand how societies think, how communities develop a sense of identity and how they represent controversial and important issues affecting local and global public spheres.

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MSc in Social and Public Communication

This MSc programme will explore communication as a social psychological process central to the conduct of everyday life. Communication is both the foundation of social life as well as a professional activity to influence and persuade, to gain advantage, to build and sustain trust, and to reach a common understanding on a controversial issue.

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Executive MSc in Behavioural Science

This Executive MSc is designed for professionals who want to augment their current career or expand their career options by learning how behavioural science can provide insights to human cognition and behaviour. The Executive MSc Behavioural Science provides students with the opportunity to study alongside their employment to enhance and support their professional development.

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Mode of study 

Full-time

The vast majority of our MSc students choose to study with us full-time for 1 year, which is the mode of study we recommend. As well as being based in London with the rest of your cohort, there are huge benefits to having the flexibility to study full-time. These include the opportunity to attend LSE’s public lectures and events, making full use of the all-round experience of being an LSE student. See below for the typical yearly structure for a full-time MSc student in PBS.

Year one

  • September: Welcome week and registration
  • October- December: Michaelmas term, average 10 hours/ week contact time*
  • January- March: Lent term, average 10 hours/ week contact time*
  • April- June: Summer term, formal teaching ends, focus on dissertation supervision
  • July: Work on dissertation; we encourage students to stay on campus to make use of the facilities and support available, but many students return home
  • August: Dissertation submission electronically – many students submit from their home countries
  • November: Results are released
  • December: Graduation

*Please note this is a rough average, contact hours can vary greatly between and even within terms.

 

Part-time

A small number of students choose to take our MSc’s part-time, which takes two years. This works best when the student is self-employed, or has a very high degree of flexibility or autonomy in their working hours from their employer. This is because teaching can take place on weekdays, typically between 09:00 – 18:00, but we cannot confirm timetables for each year until late August and your hours may vary each week. See below for the typical structure for a part-time MSc student in PBS:

Year one

  • September: Welcome week and registration
  • October – December: Michaelmas term, average 5 hours/ week contact time*
  • January – March: Lent term, average 5 hours/ week contact time*
  • April – June: Summer term, no formal teaching, we recommend self-led study
  • July – August: Summer break

Year two

  • September: Re-registration
  • October – December: Michaelmas term, average 5 hours/ week contact time*
  • January – March: Lent term, average 5 hours/ week contact time*
  • April – June: Summer term, formal teaching ends, focus on dissertation supervision
  • July: Work on dissertation
  • August: Dissertation submission electronically
  • November: Results are released
  • December: Graduation

*Please note this is a rough average, contact hours can vary greatly between and even within terms.

What will I learn in these programmes?

All of our MSc programmes have set courses as well as opportunities to individualise your experience.


Research methodologies

  • Quantitative: This is an intermediate course on statistics and quantitative analysis, which is suitable for anyone from beginner and intermediate.
  • Qualitative: This is a hands-off course that teaches you how to conduct focus groups, interviews, and other forms of qualitative research and analysis.

Social psychology and behavioural science

  • Psychological and behavioural science: Your programme will provide you with an introduction to the fundamental elements of social psychology, behavioural science, and our department’s approach to these topics.
  • Core course: Each master’s programme includes a core course that introduces key literature and theories that will help build a broad understanding of your concentration.
  • Electives: Every student is able to choose a number of courses to customise their experience.

The Executive MSc is tailored to suite professionals with considerable work experience and has different structure from our other MSc programmes.

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Telephone

For issues relating directly to MSc study +44 (0)20 7955 7955

For issues relating directly to EMSc study +44 (0)20 7955 7205

Email

For issues relating to MSc study j.c.crane@lse.ac.uk

For issues relating to EMSc study t.holmqvist@lse.ac.uk

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