Behavioural and Data Science (MSc) (2023 Entry)
Explore our Behavioural and Data Science taught Master's degree.
Understand the underlying factors driving human behaviour on Behavioural and Data Science MSc. Warwick's Psychology department offers you training in basic psychology, behavioural economics and state of the art methods in data science and analytics.
This course offers training in the foundations of psychology, decision-making, behavioural economics and behaviour change. It will also develop your understanding of state-of-the-art methods in data science and data analytics, focusing on statistical methods, machine learning, and data visualisation.
You will gain an understanding of large-scale patterns in data, with an eye to comprehending the underlying factors driving human behaviour. This can be used to understand consumer behaviour, economics, politics, history, wellbeing, and many other large-scale patterns at national and international levels. Previous experience in behavioural science is not necessary, but you should have programming skills in at least one programming language (e.g., R, Python, Matlab, or others).
Skills from this degree
Graduates will be able to:
- Use data to understand how and why people make the choices they do, and understanding the consequences of their choices in relation to public policy (e.g. encouraging people to save for pensions or change to low-carbon behaviours), industry (e.g. understanding how to place a new product in the market), and individual behaviour (e.g. understanding why people drink and eat too much)
- Access and analyse large-scale datasets
- Utilise state-of-the-art techniques in data analysis and visualisation
- Design and conduct studies using data analysis to understand behaviour
General entry requirements
This year we anticipate many applications.
As such, we are only able to accept students with a solid quantitative background (2.i in quantitative field with demonstrated experience in maths or programming), students with an extremely strong social science background (First or equivalent), or students who have solid evidence of programming experience and a solid generalist background (2.i in chosen field).
The MSc in Behavioural and Data Science is a quantitative degree and students should feel comfortable taking a mathematical approach to their thinking before they join the course.
On the MSc, we cover the use of statistics and computational approaches to make sense of behavioural data (e.g., regression, t-tests, machine learning). We introduce the R, Python, and Matlab programming languages for statistics and mathematical modelling. We also use maths in psychological and computer science models.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Students will study seven core modules across Psychology and Computer Science, including a Behavioural and Data Science project. These modules include:
Issues in Psychological Science
This module covers core psychology and behavioural science content relevant to later modules in the degree, including memory, attention, perception, personality and individual differences, choice, and subjective well-being. It will provide you with the psychological background to enable you to understand and critically evaluate material on those later modules. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory-based sessions, you will learn about both models and data in the relevant areas of psychology. You will also learn basic MATLAB programming and model implementation.
Methods and Analysis in Behavioural Science
The purpose of the module is to introduce you to experimental design and statistical programming. Behavioural scientists need statistical analysis of experimental data and of large data sets. This module covers these topics to allow you to understand how to test hypotheses, plan experimental design and perform statistical analysis using R.
Foundations of Data Analytics
You will study techniques for how to go from raw data to a deeper understanding of the patterns and structures within the data, to support making predictions and decision making.
Foundations of Computing
The aim of the module is to equip you with a grounding in foundations of computing, to enable students from a wider background to confidently undertake a taught Master's programme in advanced computing topics.
Psychological Models of Choice
The main aim of this module Psychological Models of Choice is to review theories of individual choice. Core empirical results in the decision-making literature will be reviewed and their theoretical implications explored.
This module will help you understand the value of data mining in solving real-world problems, as well as the foundational concepts underlying data mining. You will also understand the algorithms commonly used in data mining tools to gain the ability to apply data mining tools to real-world problems.
Integrated Behavioural and Data Science
The module will bridge the gap between data science and behavioural science, giving students examples of what researchers do in the combined area of behavioural and data science. Students will learn the various methods and approaches and how these are applied to behavioural and data science. Students will also learn how to frame research questions and apply data science methodologies to address these questions.
You will have a combination of lectures, seminars and practical classes or workshops. Lectures introduce you to a particular topic, seminars build on that knowledge and workshops and practical classes allow you to put what you are learning into practice. Seminars, practical classes and workshops are smaller groups than lectures giving access to tutors to help you put into practice what you are learning.
Class sizes will naturally vary, however our Psychology courses comprise of around 25-30 students.
Typical contact hours
Teaching occurs throughout the week, with an average of 8-12 hours of lectures and 5-7 hours of practical classes or seminars per week. You will also have meeting with your personal tutor at intervals throughout your course.
We typically assess modules through a mix of assessment types, which include worksheets, essays, research reports, modelling and data analysis, class tests, exams, and presentations.
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
Graduates from our MSc have followed career paths in postgraduate research and industry. Some have gone on to work on PhDs at the Alan Turing Institute and various Universities both in and outside the UK. Others have taken up positions as data scientists in industry, government, and NGOs.
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year.
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