Behavioural economics is a rapidly expanding field, investigating the human and social factors influencing the decisions made by consumers, borrowers and investors.
Our research-led approach to teaching guarantees a challenging experience, providing the skills you need to progress as a professional economist or academic researcher.
At the end of this course, you will be able to read and understand current and classic research papers in the field of behavioural economics, and will have received one-to-one guidance to enable you to complete your first behavioural research project or experiment.
Content for this course is informed by the world leading research of the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx). You will learn about the experimental methods used by our researchers and use our computer lab to conduct economic experiments. You will also be invited to attend workshops and seminars that are run by the centre, which include speakers from across the globe.
Dual degree option
The school has professional links with the University of Konstanz and the University of Tübingen in Germany. If you complete the taught component of this course, you can transfer onto our dual degree and spend a second year in Konstanz or Tübingen. This is a great opportunity to travel abroad and study at a highly ranked university in beautiful parts of Germany.
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This course comprises 120 credits of core and optional modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will receive one-to-one support from an expert academic supervisor, and methodological and practical guidance through our Economic Research Methodology module.
In semester one, you will take modules in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometric theory and economic data analysis.
In semester two, you will take two further required modules in behavioural economic theory and experimental methods in economics. You will also start work on your dissertation by taking a module in economic research methodology, and choose two optional modules from a wide range.
After completing your semester two modules, you will undertake a 15,000-word supervised dissertation which will demonstrate familiarity with a particular area of behavioural economics.
Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a discipline with significant economics content
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
This course is particularly relevant if you wish to pursue behavioural or experimental economics research at PhD level, or a career in a wide range of fields, including finance.
Nottingham economics postgraduates are spread around the globe, working in academia, government and the private sector. Our courses provide specialist skills in theoretical and empirical economics, which are sought-after by employers.
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