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Course summary

Overview In the coming years, we will see major changes in the world of work. One of these changes will be a huge increase in demand for data scientists. This MSc will prepare you for a career as a data scientist so that you can help meet this change in demand. In this MSc, there is a focus on particular types of application: data science techniques are combined with the area of Behavioural Economics, in which the School of Economics at UEA has a world-class reputation. Having completed this MSc, your Employability prospects will be strong. Policy-makers in government are increasingly turning to behavioural economics for insights into decision-making behaviour, insights that inform our understanding of how individuals, groups and markets operate. Private Sector organisations specialising in Behavioural Economics research are also a growing phenomenon. You could also take your skills into banking and finance, healthcare, regulation, human resources or executive management. You could also progress to PhD study. About This Course Our MSc Behavioural Economics and Data Science is part of our Applied Training Programme – designed to provide key skills in economics. It is ideal if your undergraduate training was in a subject other than economics, and you now wish to develop analytical skills as an economist. This degree may be particularly useful for those with a maths or science background who wish to make their skills more marketable in the rapidly changing jobs market. The degree course consists of core Economics and Econometrics modules taught within the School of Economics, and well as specialised modules in programming and behavioural economics. Some of the programming modules are taught in the School of Computing. You will also write a dissertation towards the end of the academic year. In many ways, Behavioural Economics is an ideal framework in which to carry out big data research. The focus of the MSc is on the methodology for testing predictions of behavioural economics using big data sources. For example: you’ll learn how to create data sets using data scraping techniques, and you will be made aware of the relevant ethical issues; you’ll learn how to process and manipulate data; you will learn how to make economic forecasts using web search data; you will learn how to work with multiple data sources (e.g. how to merge dietary and health data on individuals); you will learn how to test economic theories using online data sources (e.g. testing auction theory using data from online auctions). The dissertation module gives you the freedom to choose your own topic from within the area of behavioural economics and data science. Throughout your dissertation, you’ll be supported and supervised by a member of the School of Economics. We offer specialised structural support to help you negotiate your masters course. This includes compulsory, intensive pre-sessional training before the start of teaching on your course modules. This training incorporates the techniques of calculus and matrix algebra and an introduction to the specialist econometric software that you'll use in your MSc programme. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the detail on the provider's website:


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Assessment method

Assessment will be carried out through combinations of coursework and exams. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised individually by an academic from the School.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10500 Whole course
Scotland £10500 Whole course
Wales £10500 Whole course
International £19800 Whole course

Additional fee information

Includes course cost of £215.00 Pre-Sessional fee. If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.
Behavioural Economics and Data Science at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS