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Behavioural and Experimental Economics MSc

The Behavioural and Experimental Economics MSc provides you with advanced training in core areas of economics. You'll acquire specialist knowledge in behavioural economic theory and experimental methods in economics.

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  • September 2024
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You will learn how psychological foundations of behaviour are integrated in recent economic theory. These foundations shape policy making in areas such as health and environment.

You will gain understanding of experimental methods in economics through classroom experiments.

You can tailor your degree by choosing from a range of optional modules.

The MSc dissertation will give you the opportunity to apply your insights and design your own experiment. Our knowledgeable academics will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.

Upon graduating, you will have developed the skills necessary to excel in your career. These skills can lead to roles including a professional economist, policy maker or academic researcher.

We also offer the following courses for candidates with a substantial background in Economics (undergraduate degree in Economics or equivalent):

We offer the following course for candidates without a background in Economics:

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What you'll learn

Gain advanced skills in economic theory at Newcastle University. You'll also learn quantitative methods in econometrics and mathematical economics.

You will learn the theory, analytical tools and data analysis methods to help solve a variety of real-world economic problems. You'll gain understanding of specialist software packages in high demand by employers.

Tackle advanced topics of microeconomics and macroeconomics that maximises skill and knowledge. You'll also develop soft skills essential for any sector.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You will apply economic theory to real world problems via stimulating lectures taught by specialists in the area. Learning will be critical of current research ideas and topics.

Research skills

Adding further knowledge of your topic area to your dissertation will show your research skills.

Skills and experience

You will learn the theory, analytical tools and data to help find solutions to deal with a wide variety of real-world economic problems.

You will also develop soft skills essential for employment in any sector.

Your future

On graduating, you will have acquired a wide range of attributes sought after by employers. This includes:

  • analytical thinking
  • argument formulation
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • data analysis
  • communication
  • independent learning and research

The MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics degree is a competitive qualification. It is a route that can lead to high salaries and prospects. The programme will prepare you for jobs in different sectors, such as:

  • the government
  • the private sector
  • central banking
  • international organisations
  • universities

Graduates could achieve job roles such as:

  • economists
  • data scientists
  • statisticians
  • market researchers
  • policy analysts
  • consultants
  • academics

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry
  • The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor

The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix also offers further study and learning spaces. This includes a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

Newcastle Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab

Students on this programme will make extensive use of the Newcastle Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab. This state-of-the-art research facility is used for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology. It allows for testing economic theory, measuring preferences, and pre-testing policy interventions.

The lab has 36 participant workstations with privacy screens and two experimenter workstations. A full suite of experimental software packages are available.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Till Weber - Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2802
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