"When I enrolled at the LSE for the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science, over 20 years had passed since my graduation from university. I thought that people would think I had lost my mind, voluntarily putting myself through this demanding course at the age of 48 – and paying good money for it too. How else could one explain a decision to dedicate the next 16 months of spare time to intensive study, while at the same time juggling a demanding career, plus family and social commitments?
All such thoughts vanished as soon as I started the course at the LSE. From day one, my fellow students and I were exposed to cutting-edge research, as well as field and lab studies in the fascinating field of Behavioural Science and how it affects everything from decision-making in business to social policy-making and adoption of healthier lifestyle choices.
It was clear right from the start that the EMSc in Behavioural Science would have great impact on both my personal and professional life.
Through the course, I have met and interacted closely with a dynamic and diverse group of professionals who share the same enthusiasm in and attraction to the study of Behavioural Science.
I am very excited to be part of the 4th cohort of the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science and I look forward to continuing this journey of personal growth, acquiring the required skills to help myself and others to identify and achieve our goals"
Pavlos, 2017/18 cohort
"I had high expectations before attending the LSE Exec Masters in Behavioural Science. I was somehow worried that it was some kind of summer school for busy executives who don't want to be bothered with too much content. I was wrong. It is intense, in a good way. As I said to Paul Dolan over a drink, it was the most interesting thing intellectually I have done in my life. To which he obviously responded in typical Paul fashion that I must have lived a sad, boring one up to that point.
Beyond the course being an amazing academic entry point to the world of behavioural science it also had many benefits to my career (most of which I am sure haven't materialized). First, I started to get calls from headhunters for prestigious jobs and companies (I guess, the LSE effect). Second, I was able to apply its findings straight to my organization through my dissertation. Third, I was able to network and get connected with brilliant minds from that space - and not only my classmates, but also established professionals in the field and this will eventually leads to more opportunities as the field is picking up massive pace (Thank you, Thaler).
The benefits of the Exec Masters is that it allows you to position yourself uniquely across your industry / expertise and behavioural science. And if you are smart about it being at a crossroad like this allows you to move in whole sort of professional directions.
Antoine, 2014/15 cohort
“One of the best things about the Executive MSc Behavioural Science, perhaps obviously for a programme that studies human behaviour, was the people. The sheer excellence and diversity of the cohort allowed for so much of the learning and discussions that started in the classroom spilling over for hours and weeks outside of it. It was also fascinating and enlightening to learn all the different contexts in which behavioural science can be but to use, from trading rooms to humanitarian relief efforts. Despite all the superficial differences, our cohort built an awesome network of knowledge sharing and mutual support. It was a surprise to find so many kindred spirits from so many different walks of life.
The programme has great integrity from an academic perspective, so it incentivizes and demands a much deeper, nuanced reflection about behavioural insights, how strong is the evidence, what are the limitations, how can it be applied and what are the challenges, including from a philosophical standpoint.
On day 2 we were already in deeper territory than the standard trade book discussions on behavioural science/economics. I sense we leave the program not as behavioural tool users, but as informed craftsmen and developers.
Guilherme, 2016/17 cohort