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MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics

MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Behavioural Psychology Social Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Policy-makers in government and decision-makers in industry are increasingly looking to behavioural economics for insights into decision-making behaviour.

You will have already studied economics, and with this MSc you will take on a specialist, research-training course in this field - blending economic and psychological modelling, complemented by controlled experiments inside and outside the laboratory.

UEA pioneered behavioural and experimental economics in the UK and remains a leading centre in the use of experiments in economics. You will be in the best place to benefit from interaction with researchers in the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS), and get the opportunity to learn to conduct experiments in our state-of-the-art Laboratory for Economic and Decision Research (LEDR).

This Master’s is ideal if you aim to work as a professional economist in government, industry, international agencies or other similar organisations.


Our MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics is part of our Academic and Professional Programme - designed for people who want to pursue a career as a professional economist within government and industry or move into PhD study.

On this programme you will benefit from intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods, as well as the speciality of Behavioural and Experimental Economics. There are taught modules in Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Economic Theory and Econometrics, and a dissertation towards the end of the year.


Your modules will typically be assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. Your exams will be two hours long and will take place during the summer assessment period.

Your coursework will be in a variety of forms - including take-home assignments, seminar presentations, written tests, computer tests and your dissertation (which you will submit at the end of August). In your Behavioural and Experimental Economics II module, the principal assignment will be the design and running of your own economic experiment.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides an introduction to experimental economics. We consider why economists sometimes choose to conduct experiments, the kinds of insights they can give us, and the various kinds of experiments that have been conducted. We will cover the insights from experimental economics in several areas, such as individual decision making, markets, coordination, negotiation, charitable giving, public goods games, and games with pre-play communication. In this module, you will develop the following transferable skills: 1. Presentation skills - you will present path breaking work in the field to your peers. 2. Critical thinking skills - you will write a critical review of cutting-edge work. 3. Writing skills - you will learn to distil the essence of existing work with a view to discovering what you can build on yourself. 4. Research skills- finally, based on your critical reading of the current state of the art of the field, you will design your own research experiment.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: 2.1 or equivalent; Economics OR a quantitative degree subject and relevant work experience (e.g. economic consultancy, economic research, economic/financial/market/consumer analyst, economic/financial services, policy).

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries.Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more

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