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Behavioural and Data Science (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-C803
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

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, and behavioural economics. 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 visualization.

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 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 basic programming skills in at least one programming language.

Core Modules

Students will study 6 core modules across Psychology and Computer Science as well as a Behavioural and Data Science project. These modules include

  • Issues in Psychological Science
  • Methods and Analysis in Behavioural Science
  • Foundations of Data Analytics
  • Foundations of Computing
  • Psychological Models of Choice
  • Data Mining

Optional Modules

Students will be able to choose further optional modules from a Psychology and Computer science lists.

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.

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.

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
  • utilize state-of-the-art techniques in data analysis and visualization
  • design and conduct studies using data analysis to understand behaviour

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

The MSc in Behavioural and Data Science is a quantitative degree and students should feel comfortable taking a mathematical approach to their thinking. On the MSc, we cover the use of statistics to make sense of behavioural data (e.g., regression and t-tests). We introduce the R and Matlab programming languages for statistics and mathematical modelling (though we do not assume you have previous experience of these languages). We use maths in psychological and computer science models.

Prior experience with Python, R, or Matlab is extremely valuable. Though students do not need to show evidence of this training in their application, but prior experience and/or self training in one of these programming languages is valuable.

English language requirements 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

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

Whilst there are no set additional costs, there is the opportunity to attend a number of events whilst on your course, and some of these may have a small change associated.

Graduates from this new course have gone on to work on a PhD at the Alan Turing Institute. From other Psychology Masters courses, graduates have gone on to work in areas including: Decision Technology, the Commonwealth Bank, Bursara Center, and Behavioural Insights Team.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year.

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.