This programme consists of courses worth 4.0 credit units. In the first term, you will take the core course in Psychology of Economic Life and an overview course in Psychological and Behavioural Science (1.0 credit). In the second term, you will take two electives of your choice (each worth 0.5 credits). In the last term, you will complete an empirical research dissertation (1.0 credit). Over all three terms, you will receive training in Methods for Social Psychological Research (1.0 credits).
In addition to these courses, all students are free to audit lectures at LSE upon the approval of the respective course conveyer.
All courses at LSE consist of lectures, which teach the theory, and seminars, which are conducted in smaller groups and are more applied.
Compulsory core courses (3.0 credits)
Psychology of Economic Life (PB403)
This course teaches key social science and social psychological theories; you will learn how to use them to address economic life in a novel and powerful manner.
Psychological and Behavioural Science (PB400) (Non-credit Bearing) (suspended 2021/22)
An overview course in Psychological and Behavioural Science that introduces current research conducted in the Department. Contents are applied to Psychology of Economic Life in the seminars. This course is a compulsory component of PB403 and its assessment will form 20% of the overall mark.
Methods for Social Psychological Research (PB411)
A module of 3 courses, providing method training in quantitative research methods (MY465), qualitative research methods (MY421M), and research design. More advanced courses can be selected or audited if relevant to dissertation.
An independent research project of up to 10,000 words on a topic of your choice, involving empirical research and supervised by a member of faculty.
Elective courses (two at 0.5 credits each)
The following electives are aligned towards the core themes of this Master. For other possible electives, please refer to the Programme Regulations below.
Social Psychology of Economic Life: Advanced Topics (PB431)
PB431 presents how social psychology (broadly interpreted to include micro-sociology, cultural anthropology and social neuroscience) is the key to understanding real-world economic life by taking into account cognitive, affective and social processes, and also to contributing to better solutions to societal problems.
Consumer Psychology (PB417)
The course will address the psychology of consumption at different levels of analysis: individual, group and societal. It will try to ground this psychology in fundamental theories that will allow students to develop a mental model of human behaviour as it relates to consumption.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
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