Programmes

MSc Behavioural Science

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
  • Application code C8UD
  • Starting 2019
  • UK/EU full-time: Open
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: London

The MSc Behavioural Science programme is a world leading master's degree which teaches you how to use behavioural science to change human behaviour in corporate and public environments. 

The skill to understand, predict, and change human behaviour is essential for your professional success. Organisations in the private and public sector have turned to behavioural science insights to increase the effectiveness of their practices. This has led to an increase in demand for people with these skills, formally in behavioural insights and people analytics teams, and less formally in leadership, change management and human resources roles. By pursuing this degree, you will acquire cutting edge scientific insights about human behaviour, and  learn how to change human behaviour by altering the “context” in which people act rather than how they think. You will also gain expertise in state-of-the-art methodological and statistical approaches that are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural change.

The programme is taught by specialists at the forefront of research in behavioural science, and is rooted at the intersection of economics and psychology.  It has a rigorous focus on the cross-disciplinary theoretical, empirical, and applied fundamentals of changing behaviour. You will be taught in a multidisciplinary environment with links to specialist research groups based in departments across LSE and the Behavioural Research Lab, and undertake compulsory courses in the fundamentals of behavioural science and research methods. In addition, you will be able to choose from a range of optional courses within the Department and wider School (eg, Happiness; Corporate Behaviour and Decision Making; Behavioural Science for Health; Behavioural Science in an Age of New Technology; Creativity and Innovation). Over the summer term, you will complete a research-based dissertation on a topic of your interest related to a theme from one of the courses you attended.

Programme details

Key facts

 
Start date 30 September 2019
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Applications 2017 New programme from 2019
Intake 2017 New programme from 2019
Availability UK/EU: Open from October
Overseas: Open from October
Tuition fee UK/EU: £21,744
Overseas: £21,744
Financial support Graduate Support Scheme (deadline 26 April 2019)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (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

In this 12 month full-time programme, you will take three compulsory courses to the value of two units. You will then choose two semi compulsory options from a range of behavioural science courses. You will choose one of these semi compulsory courses to write your dissertation on, which will replace the exam normally forming part of the assessment for that course. The dissertation itself counts as one unit. Finally, you will choose one optional course from a wide range of courses to match your interests. 

In week 0, prior to the start of Michaelmas term, there is an optional three hour session in basic statistics. This will help students who do not have comprehensive training in statistics to master essential statistics concepts and thus prepare for the course "Quantitative Applications for Behavioural Science."

(* denotes a half unit)

Foundations of Behavioural Science
Aims to introduce students to the main concepts and tools of behavioural science. 

Quantitative Approaches for Behavioural Science*
Introduces the main statistical background of behavioural research from psychology and economics. 

Experimental Design and Methods for the Behavioural Science*
Offers an integrated training in advanced behavioural science methods by introducing students to state-of-the-art techniques that stretch across the spectrum of psychology and economics.

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

Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
 

Shortly, you will be able to find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

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

Programme directors

Professor Paul Dolan
Dr Grace Lordan 

Teaching methods and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

Within your programme you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar  within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, presentations, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment will consist of essays, video presentations, reports, examinations, and a dissertation. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Academic support

You will be allocated a Dissertation Supervisor who will assist you and guide you generally with your dissertation. Specifically, your supervisor will give you formative feedback on your Dissertation Plan and Dissertation Progress Report. You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

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 LSE students

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, however to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.

Minimum entry requirements for MSc Behavioural Science

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

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 2019/20 for MSc Behavioural Science

UK/EU students: £21,744
Overseas students: £21,744

Fee status

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

However any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £11.5 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 
Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 26 April 2019.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

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

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to find out more about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact the MSc Programme Managers on +44 (0) 207 955 7995 or email Psychologicalandbehavioural.Mscs@lse.ac.uk.

Please also visit the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science website for more information about the Department. 

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