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Behavioural and Economic Science (Economics) - MSc

This course emphasises both theoretical foundations and real-world application in core and advanced areas of behavioural economics, and the cognitive science of judgement and decision making. It is for you if you intend to work in a business environment (e.g. consumer-led industries and the financial sector), and if you’re concerned with public policy and its implementation. It also provides an excellent foundation if you’re intending to undertake further postgraduate research.

The Economics variant of the course is designed for students with a first degree in Economics. A Science track variant of the course is offered by the Department of Psychology and is available if you have a first degree in Science.

Related Degrees:

Economics (Diploma)

Economics (Diploma plus MSc)

Economics (MSc)

Economics (MRes leading to PhD)

Economics and International Financial Economics (MSc)

Core Modules:

  • Economic Analysis: Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods: Econometrics A or Quantitative Methods: Econometrics B (includes Introductory Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Issues in Psychological Science
  • Methods and Analysis in Behavioural Science
  • Behavioural and Economic Science Project

To view the core modules in greater detail, please visit this page.

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Experimental Economics
  • Psychological Models of Choice
  • Behavioural Economics

To view a full list of the optional modules in greater detail, please visit this page.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


Teaching consists of lectures and seminars and we hold additional workshops for practical study.

You will have an average of 8-10 hours of lectures and 2-4 hours of seminars per week.

You can also expect to spend an average of 17 hours per week learning through independent study, which will include reading journals and books, completing problem sets and assessments, revising for exams and undertaking research.

We also offer a bespoke English Language course to assist with writing styles for assessment.

Contact Hours:

An average of 8-10 hours of lectures and 2-4 hours of seminars per week.

Class Sizes:

Core modules range from 50 -200 students and seminars have typically around 15 students.


Assessment is through formal examinations and coursework, including a mixture of essays, modelling and data analysis, class tests, exams, and presentations and a research project.

Our graduates have gone on to work in sectors including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Governments and politics
  • Research and policy

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Economist
  • Consultant
  • Analyst
  • Project Manager and Researcher

working for world-leading organisations including:

  • Bank of England
  • KPMG
  • Bloomberg
  • J.P Morgan
  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • European Central Bank
  • Bank of China

You can join Online Live Chats and (or) schedule individual visits by prior arrangement.

For more information visit this page.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) specialising mainly in economics. This means you should have achieved a good standard in undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics/economic statistics at an intermediate level. We also expect a good standard achieved in mathematics taken at undergraduate level.

English Language Requirements

Band A

Overall score 6.5 and none below 6.0 is required.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

See Student Finance


For scholarships available please visit the department website.

Additional Course Costs

No additional costs. Social events and trips organised by the department are free of charge.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.