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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 Hub.

  • 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 half-unit taught courses for the first eight months, and a dissertation unit for the following eight. You can see a breakdown of the units available in the PDF below and in greater detail in the graduate prospectus.

Programme units 2018/2019

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.

Teaching dates for 2018/2019

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

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.

Student and alumni testimonials

"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

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. Details of the next information session will be published here once they have been confirmed. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any queries or would like to discuss the programme in more detail. 

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