Taught course

Behavioural Economics

City, University of London · School of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for entry in to the MSc in Behavioural Economics you must have a first or upper second class degree in Psychology, Economics or a related discipline. An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will also be considered. Selection will be by application form, references and interview. It is not a prerequisite to have a background in Economics or Psychology.

If your first language is not English, then the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study: A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA. A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.* GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.

Months of entry


Course content

Behavioural economics applies psychological insights into human behaviour to investigate how people make economic decisions under various conditions of constraint (e.g., time and knowledge) and influence (e.g., social pressure). This field has emerged as an important area of modern economics, and the social sciences more generally.

The Behavioural Economics Masters course at City will develop your skills and knowledge in both areas and can prepare you for a wide variety of roles. Commercial organisations have long known the limitations of individual decision making and they routinely use this knowledge in their commercial practices (e.g., anchoring effect of minimum payment on credit cards). The practical implications of behavioural economics are varied and significant, and acknowledged to provide a powerful and cost-effective approach to improving human welfare.

The specific objectives of this MSc in Behavioural Economics are to equip students with knowledge, skills and an appreciation of the practical applications of the general field of behavioural economics.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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