Taught course

Behaviour Change

Aberystwyth University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

A good 2i Bachelors (Honours) degree, or equivalent with satisfactory portfolio. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

In order to bring about positive change for societal and environmental good, it is first necessary to understand why humans behave in the ways that they do, both individually and as groups and organisations. Considering the national and global challenges currently faced in the areas of politics, the environment, agriculture, health, education, and other sectors, this has never been more urgent.

Behavioural insight is employed by experts and practitioners in numerous, diverse subject areas and professional applications; indeed, psychological understanding is at the core of the work of many geographers, international relations and business leadership experts, for example, as they seek to optimise human behaviour in niche domains.

On this degree you will design innovative, evidence-based solutions that meet the behaviour change challenges observed in professional and real-world contexts, as provided by our external collaborators, and learn how to communicate these ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

This innovative degree draws on multi- and transdisciplinary scholarship from the Department of Psychology, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth Business School and the Department of International Politics.

You will firstly be introduced to the psychology of human behaviour and mechanisms of behaviour change from numerous psychological perspectives (including evolutionary, cognitive, social, biological and developmental branches of psychology). You will also learn about the structural, institutional, and systemic bases of behaviour, as well as the principles and practice of transdisciplinary dialogue and collaborative working.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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