Behavioural Economics at City, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

The course is suitable for recent graduates in economics, psychology and related social science or quantitative disciplines who are looking to develop a career in the fast-paced world of behavioural economics, either in the public or private sector. Students learn how people and institutions make decisions under conditions of constraint, such as time and knowledge, and under various influences such as social pressure. There are many practical implications of insights from behavioural economics and the field is widely accepted to deliver a powerful, cost-effective approach to improving human welfare. Commercial organisations have long known the limitations of individual decision making and they routinely use this knowledge in their commercial practices. The Behavioural Economics MSc will develop your skills and knowledge to prepare you for a wide variety of roles in the private or public sector that require a solid understanding of human behaviour.


Full-time students take four modules in each of the first two terms, followed by a written research dissertation in the third term. Core modules:

  • Cognitive and Economic Science of Rational Choice
  • Psychological Processes: Individual and Social
  • Behavioural Research Methods: Design and Analysis
  • Experimental Behavioural Science and Game Theory
  • Applied Econometrics and Psychological Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology and Decision Making
Core Elective modules:
  • Principles of Economics
  • Professional Aspects of Behavioural Economics
  • Research Dissertation

Assessment method

You will typically receive 20 to 30 hours of face-to-face teaching contact in each of your modules, supported by online resources such as videos and advanced readings for your self-directed study. Modules taught on this programme will be delivered by academics with research interests in behavioural economics. You will take responsibility for your own learning through the available learning resources and opportunities such as specialist invited speakers, seminars and online tools. Our learning and teaching expose you to a range of methods in each module. This covers lectures, seminars, group work, small group discussions, statistics lab sessions, and research project supervision.

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class degree in Psychology, Economics or a related discipline (or equivalent in terms of professional qualifications). An equivalent qualification from an overseas university is acceptable. Selection is by application form, personal statement and references. It is not a prerequisite to have a background in Economics or Psychology.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Behavioural Economics at City, University of London - UCAS