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Behavioural Decision Science MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Behavioural Decision Science MSc

This course explores recent developments in theories of behavioural decision-making science. It will enable you to critically examine theories of judgement and decision-making motivated by research in memory, perception, categorisation, reasoning, social psychology, economics, political and management sciences. The career-focused modules are designed to build on your workplace skills and develop new skills.

This course will enable you to develop the skills to evaluate research findings and to relate these findings to practical applications and solutions. It facilitates and encourages interaction between theory, policy and practice in relation to people's judgements and choices in politics, business, retail, health, leisure and sport.

You will benefit from regular public lectures organised by the Group for Decision, Thinking and Risk and delivered by internationally recognised researchers in the fields of decision-making, thinking and risk. In addition, you can attend weekly departmental research seminars, where international scholars and staff members present recent research findings.

What will you study?

You will cover recent developments in normative, descriptive and experience-based theories of choice, as well as the impact of experience and expertise on judgements and choice. You will be introduced to applications of judgement and decision-making research in areas such as consumer behaviour, politics, sports, economics and health, providing a firm basis in both the theory and practice of cognitive science and decision-making. You will also explore a selection of current research topics relevant to individual and managerial decision-making, wellbeing and policy-making.


Assessment methods include essays, in-class tests, unseen examinations, laboratory reports and a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Applications of Behavioural Decision Science
Psychology Dissertation
Research Design and Analysis
The Psychology of Thinking, Judgement and Decision-Making
Applications of Psychological Research
The Psychology of Health and Well Being

Optional modules to be confirmed.

What this course offers you

The course aims to:

provide you with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the psychology of decision-making;
develop your skills of research, analysis and creativity in decision-making theory and practice;
develop your capacity to critically appraise empirical results and to use them to make inferences regarding the validity of psychological theories of decision-making;
develop potential leadership attributes;
develop your proficiency in using relevant psychological/analytical software packages to a professional level;
provide you with the ability to communicate the results of your analyses to specialist and non-specialist audiences, both in written and oral form; and
develop your ability to manage effectively a substantial programme of research and writing on a topic applying decision-making methods in psychology.

The range of learning and teaching strategies include:

interactive lectures/sessions/workshops;
small group laboratory work;
one-on-one tutorials;
student-led discussions;
one-on-one project supervision; and
research experience placements.

Additional activities such as readings of professional journal articles and books, sitting in guest speaker lectures.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Behavioural Decision Science MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an upper-second class degree or above, or equivalent in social science, business, or science. Applicants with a lower-second class degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline that have suitable professional/research experience, and/or other relevant qualifications will be considered. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate mathematical competence equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE level.

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