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About the course


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.

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Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) or equivalent. We encourage applications from a range of disciplines within the social sciences and beyond, and have previously accepted students with backgrounds in Economics, Psychology, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Management, Law, and Marketing. We do require students to be passionate about studying Behavioural Science and its applications. You can tell us about this passion in your statement of academic purpose.

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Student Profile(s)

Will Sandbrook

“The Exec MSc in Behavioural Science has been a brilliant experience from start to (almost) finish. As a programme it seems to work equally well for those directly applying it to their current jobs, people looking to shift career path, people potentially looking at longer-term academic routes and those just looking for personal development. The subject matter is incredibly varied and interesting, the teaching and support are great, and if our experience is anything to go by, the people you meet and the benefit of a ‘cohort’ with which to build new networks are a huge additional benefit. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Pavlos Kanellopoulos

"When I enrolled at LSE for the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science, over 20 years had passed since my graduation from university. I thought that people would think I had lost my mind, voluntarily putting myself through this demanding course at the age of 48 – and paying good money for it too. How else could one explain a decision to dedicate the next 16 months of spare time to intensive study, while at the same time juggling a demanding career, plus family and social commitments?

All such thoughts vanished as soon as I started the course at the LSE. From day one, my fellow students and I were exposed to cutting-edge research, as well as field and lab studies in the fascinating field of Behavioural Science and how it affects everything from decision-making in business to social policy-making and adoption of healthier lifestyle choices.

It was clear right from the start that the EMSc in Behavioural Science would have great impact on both my personal and professional life.

Through the course, I have met and interacted closely with a dynamic and diverse group of professionals who share the same enthusiasm in and attraction to the study of Behavioural Science.

I am very excited to be part of the 4th cohort of the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science and I look forward to continuing this journey of personal growth, acquiring the required skills to help myself and others to identify and achieve our goals."

Antoine Ferrere

"I had high expectations before attending the LSE Exec Masters in Behavioural Science. I was somehow worried that it was some kind of summer school for busy executives who don't want to be bothered with too much content. I was wrong. It is intense, in a good way. As I said to Paul Dolan over a drink, it was the most interesting thing intellectually I have done in my life. To which he obviously responded in typical Paul fashion that I must have lived a sad, boring one up to that point.

Beyond the course being an amazing academic entry point to the world of behavioural science it also had many benefits to my career (most of which I am sure haven't materialized). First, I started to get calls from headhunters for prestigious jobs and companies (I guess, the LSE effect). Second, I was able to apply its findings straight to my organization through my dissertation. Third, I was able to network and get connected with brilliant minds from that space - and not only my classmates, but also established professionals in the field and this will eventually leads to more opportunities as the field is picking up massive pace (Thank you, Thaler).

The benefits of the Exec Masters is that it allows you to position yourself uniquely across your industry / expertise and behavioural science. And if you are smart about it being at a crossroad like this allows you to move in all sorts of professional directions."

Guilherme De Lima

"One of the best things about the Executive MSc Behavioural Science, perhaps obviously for a programme that studies human behaviour, was the people. The sheer excellence and diversity of the cohort allowed for so much of the learning and discussions that started in the classroom spilling over for hours and weeks outside of it. It was also fascinating and enlightening to learn all the different contexts in which behavioural science can be put to use, from trading rooms to humanitarian relief efforts. Despite all the superficial differences, our cohort built an awesome network of knowledge sharing and mutual support. It was a surprise to find so many kindred spirits from so many different walks of life.

The programme has great integrity from an academic perspective, so it incentivizes and demands a much deeper, nuanced reflection about behavioural insights, how strong is the evidence, what are the limitations, how can it be applied and what are the challenges, including from a philosophical standpoint.

On day 2 we were already in deeper territory than the standard trade book discussions on behavioural science/economics. I sense we leave the program not as behavioural tool users, but as informed craftsmen and developers."

Ladan Niami

“The Executive MSc of Behavioural Science exceeded my expectation on every level. It was a transformative experience intellectually, professionally and personally. Intellectually, every course stretched and challenged my thinking in a very different, positive and fulfilling way. Professionally, this program has given me additional layers of insight into human behavior both at a micro and macro level. And, personally, the caliber and the diversity of the cohort as well as faculty, along with the opportunity to interact, share and learn from each and every one of them …and the friendships that have formed along the way made it an experience of a lifetime.”

Inez Kelly

"My business is war, and I have spent many years thinking of behavior in terms of hierarchy, orders, and obedience. I have seen how most leaders in my business rely on positional authority to get results and, while they get action from those being lead, they rarely get loyalty or commitment. My purpose in taking this degree was to expand my knowledge on the language and tools to influence others because I saw that relying solely on positional authority would limit my effectiveness as a leader. What LSE taught me is so much more than language and tools. My whole perspective on why people behave as they do and how I can influence that behavior has fundamentally changed. The concept that everything influences the innumerable unconscious decisions that we make every day has opened my eyes to the reality that foundational behaviors are more engrained than I ever realized, and leaders who create the emotional tie to those foundational behaviors are the ones who are truly inspirational. This is my new quest, thanks to LSE and this course in Behavioural Science."

Tessa Fras

"Anyone working in government or policy-making will be aware of the quiet revolution that followed the creation of the UK's Behavioural Insights Team in 2010. Knowledge of behavioural science is increasingly becoming a core skill for civil servants. Earlier this year, government communicators were urged to "master the techniques" in the latest UK Government Communication Plan (2018/9, p8). This course is taught by some of those who brought this revolution about, who are currently working at the cutting edge of this exciting new discipline. It offers an opportunity to gain a Master's degree from a world-famous university, spending six weeks studying in London alongside highly intelligent mid-career professionals drawn from many countries and disciplines. Crucially, the course is structured so you can advance your career without having to move home, give up your job or forego your salary. Where will your studies take you? I am going on to study for a PhD. Others have won promotion, moved jobs or even changed their lives. An amazing experience. Highly recommend."

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