Why this programme?
We live in a highly complex, interdependent world, and the number of decisions we need to make is growing exponentially. Due to increasing knowledge and scientific progress, we have a lot more information at our disposal that can be used to make these decisions. At the same time, we face growing uncertainties like financial crises, climate change, migration and international terrorism on the one hand, and more individual freedom and autonomy on the other.
Under these circumstances it is increasingly difficult – yet also increasingly important – to understand how to make smart individual and strategic decisions. Such decisions form the cornerstone of the proper functioning of institutions, organisations and markets, on which our very wellbeing depends. This programme gives you a thorough understanding of the cognitive and social aspects of human decision-making so you have better knowledge of what good decisions are and how we can make them.
Economics and psychology: The best of both worlds
Jointly offered by the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Human Decision Science combines the best of both worlds. It uses a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to understanding human decisions that combines economics and psychology in all their different facets.
What will you learn?
During this programme, you will learn:
- to analyse decision situations using the appropriate theoretical and empirical strategies
- to address the design of institutions, procedures and protocols, such that you and the parties involved can make good decisions
- about the tools needed to improve the decision-making processes in your chosen field of application, in line with your interests and career goals
Is it for you?
To succeed in Human Decision Science, you should be an analytical thinker with an interest in strategy and problem solving. For this programme, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in the social or natural sciences, such as economics, business, psychology, political science, mathematics, physics or computer science. But most importantly, you should be someone who thrives when working on complex decision-making problems.