Programmes

Executive MSc Behavioural Science

  • Executive
  • Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
  • Application code C8U9
  • Starting 2018

This dynamic programme 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.

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 and the Behavioural Research Lab. It is taught in a modular format, with courses taking place at LSE during three two-week sessions in September, January and April. There will be various assessments and online support in between. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Programme details

Key facts

Executive MSc Behavioural Science
Start date September 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration Taught over 16 months in modular blocks
Applications 2016 112
Intake 2016 44
Availability UK/EU: Open from October
Overseas: Open from October
Tuition fee £31,500
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent and three years relevant work experience
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

This 16-month programme starts in September and is divided into six half-unit taught courses for the first eight months, followed by a dissertation unit for the remaining eight months.

(* denotes a half unit)

First year

September

Behavioural Science and Policy*
Examines the main concepts and tools of the growing fields of behavioural science.

Behavioural Decision Science*
Examines the field of behavioural 'decision' science and explores a selection of current research topics relevant to personal and managerial decision-making as well as policy-making.

January

Research Methods for Behavioural Science*
Covers the main methodological concepts and tools in behavioural science.

Either
Policy Appraisal and Ethics*
 
Introduces the main concepts and tools of policy appraisal and project impact assessment.
Or
Corporate Behaviour and Decision Making*
Gives an overview of rational decision making from an economics perspective. 

March/April

Frontiers in Behavioural Science Methods*

One of:
Behavioural Science in an Age of New Technology*
Behavioural Science for Health*
Organisational Culture*

Second year

Dissertation in Behavioural Science
An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This programme is taught in modular blocks, and you will come to the LSE campus for three two-week teaching sessions, in September, January and April. Each of the six taught courses consist of a minimum of 22 hours of interactive lectures and seminars.

Between sessions, you will continue to interact with and receive support from both academic and administrative staff, and you will complete various assessments, such as essays and take-home exams.

After the April session, you will work on your dissertation with support from your supervisor. The dissertation is an original piece of research that develops ideas and tools learned in the courses. It is on a topic you select, and falls within your professional or personal research interests. You will have clear guidelines shared with other students, and are supervised by a faculty member. If you wish to pursue a PhD the dissertation may form the basis for your eventual doctoral thesis.

You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Preliminary reading

P Dolan Happiness by Design (Penguin, 2014)

D Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow (Penguin, 2012)

C R Sunstein and T Thaler Nudge (Penguin, 2009)

Careers

This MSc will prepare you to seek and/or advance your career in behavioural science in multiple sectors, including the public and private sectors, non-governmental organisations and academia. Upon graduation you can expect to take on more responsibility or pursue new and expanded opportunities within the behavioural science field.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply.

Minimum entry requirements for Executive MSc Behavioural Science

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent and three years’ relevant work experience.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2018/19 for Executive MSc Behavioural Science

UK/EU students: £31,500
Overseas students: £31,500

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Scholarships and other funding

This programme is not eligible for financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans
Find out more about external funding opportunities 

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