MSc Behavioural and Economic Science

Governments and other organisations depend on behavioural analysis to make economic decisions. With its growing recognition, it’s a great time to develop your expertise.

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Overview

Behavioural analysis is often thought of as an area of economic psychology, but it’s actually a blend of economics, psychology, management and social sciences.

In recent years, it’s become popular with financial institutions, marketing, government departments and regional development agencies. And the area is still growing. The UK government has recently started to offer behavioural policy advice to smaller public bodies such as councils.  

With a growing demand for expertise, we’ll help you develop skills sought after by top employers.

Discover the role of behavioural economics

At Manchester Met, our research shapes economic analysis, economic development and public economic governance in Manchester, post-Brexit Britain and beyond.

We’ve designed this course for students with a background in economics, management, psychology, behavioural science or decision sciences.  

Our teaching team cover the theory and methods applied in behavioural analysis. At the same time, you’ll develop your technical skills of behavioural biases and behavioural policy design.

Throughout the course, we provide specific training for specialist roles in behavioural analysis and policy design within the commercial and government sectors. 

The course also gives you an ideal starting point for research into modern government, politics, or public policy, and the foundation of knowledge for a PhD.

Features and Benefits

  • Consultants – our Department is one of the main training providers in the area of behavioural policy and analysis for UK government departments.
  • External experts – professionals from organisations such as BIT and HMRC help us design and teach modules to make sure they’re relevant to current users of behavioural analysis. 
  • Leaders in the field – the research we produce and the knowledge we share puts Manchester Met at the heart of one Europe’s fastest growing economies.
  • Study in Manchester – the city is one of the UK’s largest financial services employers so there are plenty of opportunities when you graduate
  • Key insights – this course provides an opportunity to study with staff experienced in training and consultancy in applied behavioural analysis. 
  • Add experience to your CV – you can take an internship while you study. The Business School’s postgraduate internships team can help with your applications.
"We’re at the heart of shaping post-Brexit debates, economic development, core cities, and devolution in Manchester and the North West.” Professor Donna Lee, Director of Future Economies.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Behavioural and economic science has been a developing area in a lot of government policy. Employers are now looking for specific skills and increasingly they want a master’s degree, which has some connection to behavioural science.”

Dr. Vincent Fitzsimons, Lecturer in MSc Behavioural and Economics Science.

Career Prospects

When you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need for real world work in behavioural analysis and policy design within the commercial and government sectors.

With the area still growing in the UK, you’ll find lots of opportunities to put your skills to use. Even small-to-medium-sized enterprises are starting to use large datasets, performing behavioural analysis to develop their businesses. 

Specific public sector employers include:

Private sector employers include:

After the course, you’ll also have the knowledge to delve deeper into the area with a research degree. There’s a whole host of areas to investigate, including modern government, politics, and public policy.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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Entry requirements

You will hold a minimum 2.2 degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Core units

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Behavioural Science for Management
  • Cryptocurrency, Banking Crisis and Human Behaviour
  • Intervention Design and Social Media Analysis 
  • Pluralist Economic Analysis 
  • Quantitative Modelling
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose two option units from:

  • Biases, Bubbles and the Business Cycle
  • Capstone Project - Interventions for Improved Outcomes
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Internship Project
  • Language

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

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Taught by experts

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £4,625 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £8,250 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
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