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EMSc Behavioural Science

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Uncover the science behind behaviour

Everyone's lives, whether personal or professional, is about influencing people.

The Executive MSc Behavioural Science is a 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. 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.

 

Students will:

  • Interact and share knowledge and experiences with other executive students from a variety of industries, all committed to grow in their current roles.

  • Pursue an academic programme taught by faculty at the forefront of behavioural science research, in a multidisciplinary environment with links to specialist research groups based in departments across the LSE and the Behavioural Research Lab.

  • Study alongside your employment to bring the knowledge acquired in the classroom directly to your organisation.

The Executive MSc is primarily intended for people who have relevant work experience in the public, private or third sector, including businesses, charities, government, local authorities, and international organisations (such as the OECD, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation).

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 taught courses and a dissertation. Students come to the LSE campus for three two-week teaching sessions. Sessions take place in September, January, and 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.

For a full programme structure, links to the course guide and indicative reading lists, please see the programme calendar.

About you

The EMSc Behavioural Science executive cohort will have a diverse academic background, such as – but not limited to – economics, geography and environmental studies, management, medicine, philosophy,political science and government, psychology, public policy, social policy, and sociology.

Executive students will have relevant work experience in the public, private or third sector, including businesses, charities, government, local authorities, and international organisations (such as the OECD, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation).

Executive students are likely to choose this EMSc for two reasons; because behavioural science is an area directly related to their current professional role, or because they wish to pursue it for their own personal/career development. The Executive MSc Behavioural Science provides students with the opportunity to study alongside their employment to enhance and support their professional development.

Many organisations now engage with the idea of applying behavioural insights to their organisational challenges. After all, these challenges ultimately require behaviour change of some kind. Further, many companies, charities and public bodies are recognising the power of ‘live testing’; testing their products and policies in real world environments. The motivation for this comes from increasing recognition of the limitations of traditional research methods, like market research and customer insight.

Alumni testimonials

Alumni testimonial 1

What were you working as when you joined us?
Communications Account Manager.

Where has the MSc taken you career-wise?
The MSc has taken me to a new role, as a Consulting Analyst where I will be able to gradually use and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired through the programme in deliverables.

Now that you have graduated, what has been the major benefit(s) of your experience?
The major benefits have been first of all, meeting and connecting with a great group of people (i.e. lecturers, classmates, administrators), and second, acquiring an in-depth knowledge of Behavioural Science and understanding the tools of BS, ways that can be implemented, the implications and limitations of these interventions, and the ethical questions that arise from their use. Further, the discussions with classmates on these issues that were taking place either in class or outside were provided insight and guidance from a perspective I might not have previously considered. Another major benefit was conducting primary research for the purposes of the dissertation. Finally, being part of the LSE has in itself been a massively positive experience.

Alumni testimonial 2

What were you working as when you joined us?
VP, sales

Where has the MSc taken you career-wise?
I am rolling out a Behavioral Science (client facing) initiative within my firm and have been asked to join local business school to teach a Behavioural Finance course to MBAs.

Now that you have graduated, what has been the major benefit(s) of your experience?
The structure of the course was excellent in terms of allowing for my professional work to continue.  The unique focus of my studies have been of interest to both clients and leadership within my firm as well as the broader investment management and financial planning industry - the notion of behavioural science is being integrated into the investment world and I am well positoned to help encourage uptake.

Information sessions

We 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. The next information session will take place on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 6pm on the LSE campus (room NAB.LG.03). Please complete this form to register your attendance.

If you have any queries about the programme in the meantime or if you are unable to attend the information session, please do not hesitate to call or email us. 

Contact us

Therese Holmqvist

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

Department contact for issues relating directly to EMSc study:
+44 (0)20 7955 7205
behavioural.science@lse.ac.uk