Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

Behavioural Economics is a relatively new field that studies such violations and proposes theories to explain them. Behavioural Finance is a part of Behavioural Economics that studies important "irrationalities" on financial markets. Key topics include common mistakes people make when deciding how much to save and how to invest, excess volume of trade, equity premium puzzle, bubbles, and predictability of financial markets. The backbone of the programme consists of a first-semester module in Behavioural Economics and a second-semester module in Advanced Behavioural Finance. Apart from these two modules, students can take modules covering more traditional topics in finance.

A thorough knowledge of Behavioural Economics and Behavioural Finance provides students with a deeper and more realistic understanding of financial markets than is offered by mainstream finance alone. Such knowledge also makes students less susceptible to common mistakes in their own lives and careers. A successful completion of the programme would provide students with valuable skills for a wide range of careers in areas such as investment, banking, public service, or academia. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,900 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £18,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have minimum a 2:1 or overseas equivalent is required. A good performance in a higher degree such as a Masters will also be accepted. Any degree discipline is acceptable, but students must have a good existing level of mathematics and statistics. Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least one mathematics or statistics based module) include Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Psychology, Accounting, Business and Management. Weight will be given to relevant work experience and professional qualifications but neither is necessary to be accepted onto this course. All aspects of their application will be taken into consideration so our decision to make them an offer is not exclusively based on the criteria.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first degree is not taught in an English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language proficiency 6.5 IELTS overall and 6.0 in Writing or equivalent is the minimum required. Click here for further information.
  • IELTS score: 6.5