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Executive MSc Behavioural Science

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My understanding of the way people think, act and decide changed so much from what I learned, I now think about my contributions (at work and in general) as pre- and post LSE's EMSc in Behavioural Science

The Executive MSc Behavioural Science is a unique and dynamic programme that provides the opportunity for full-time professionals working in any sector to obtain a graduate qualification in behavioural science, allowing you to pursue new and expanded opportunities within this emerging and exciting field.

UPDATE 5th June 2018: The admissions cycle for entry in September 2018 is now closed and we are unable to accept further applications. The admissions cycle for September 2019 entry will open in October 2018. 

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Recognising the limitations of traditional practice and research methods, many organisations now engage with the idea of applying behavioural insights to their organisational challenges. Behavioural science may be an area directly related to your current professional role, or you may wish to pursue the programme for your own personal or career development.

The programme is taught by specialists at the forefront of research in behavioural science, in a multidisciplinary environment with links to specialist research groups based in departments across LSE. It is taught in a modular format, with courses taking place at LSE during three two-week sessions in September, January and April. Students also complete a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

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Programme overview & entry requirements

For a full degree overview, fee guide and details on entry requirements, please see the graduate prospectus.

The Executive MSc Behavioural Science is a 16-month programme starting in September each year. It comprises six half-unit taught courses for the first eight months, and a dissertation unit for the following eight. You can find additional information about the courses available in 2018/19 here

Students come to the LSE campus for three two-week teaching sessions. Sessions take place in September, January, and March/April. Between sessions, students will continue to interact with and receive support from both academic and administrative staff. After the April session, students work on their dissertation with support from their supervisor. Students should expect to dedicate at least 10-15 hours per week on average on self-study when away from campus. 

Teaching dates for 2018/2019

  • 10 - 21 September 2018
  • 7 - 18 January 2019
  • 1 - 12 April 2019

About you

Our students come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds from all over the world, but one thing binds them together: a passion for behavioural science and a desire to better understand how principles from behavioural science can be applied in their professional (and personal) lives. The diversity of the class means that students are exposed to a wide range of perspectives, and that they leave LSE with a strong network of of peers from across the globe. 

Many of our alumni have gone on to set up and lead behavioural insights units within their organisations, or moved to roles where they have been able to apply principles of behavioural science within their professions. Some have set up behavioural science consultancy businesses, and others have gone on to further study. Our alumni often find that the programme transforms their career paths, and that it also has a very positive impact on their personal development. 

Student and alumni testimonials

"My understanding of  the way people think, act and decide changed so much from what I learned, I now think about my contributions (at work and in general) as pre and post LSE MSc in Behavioural Science."

Ellen Raim, 2016/17 cohort


"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 Kanellopoulos, 2017/18 cohort


"Interested in learning about how the human mind makes mistakes, takes decisions, initiates action (or fails to) and how we can better predict human behaviour in a scientific way? Then this program ticks all the boxes.


The caliber of the teaching staff and the fellow students exceeded my expectations and resulted in insightful discussions and some life changing ideas

Kim Nguyen, 2016/17 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 Lima, 2016/17 cohort


"The Exec MSc in Behavioural Science has been a brilliant experience from start to (almost) finish. As a programme it seems to work equally well for those directly applying it to their current jobs, people looking to shift career path, people potentially looking at longer-term academic routes and those just looking for personal development. The subject matter is incredibly varied and interesting, the teaching and support are great, and if our experience is anything to go by, the people you meet and the benefit of a ‘cohort’ with which to build new networks are a huge additional benefit. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Will Sandbrook, 2017/18 cohort

Information sessions

We regularly hold information sessions in London for participants interested in applying to the programme. The sessions give prospective applicants the opportunity to find out more about the MSc and to meet the Programme Director and faculty in person. Our next information session will take place in November 2018. More details will be published here nearer the time. 

You are of course also very welcome to email us if you have any queries or would like to discuss the programme in more detail. 

Contact us

Therese Holmqvist

Executive MSc Programme Manager (Department for Psychological and Behavioural Science)

+44 (0)20 7955 7205