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Behavioural and Data Science MSc

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Understand the underlying factors driving human behaviour on Behavioural and Data Science MSc.

Course Overview

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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

Careers

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 24,120per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Warwick

  • University League Table

    11th

  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 118 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    143 67%

    36th

    16
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    71 71%

    31st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%

    82nd

    42

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