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Want to learn more about applying behavioural insights to public policy? Take BETA’s free online course—Behavioural insights for public policy.


There’s six learning modules, each with interactive quizzes to measure understanding, and a test with certificate at the end. The course covers the basics of behavioural insights, how these ideas can be applied in a government context, as well as an introduction to designing and evaluating behavioural insights interventions. You’ll also learn about the work of BETA – the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government.

This course takes approximately 15 minutes per module (about 2 hours in total) – but you can save your progress and do it at your own pace.

Please note: this course works best in Google Chrome (not Internet Explorer).

Lecture series

We run a regular lecture series with expert speakers from around the world. Come in person or dial in, keep an eye on our twitter feed for updates or contact us to find out more.

Other training courses

Want to study behavioural economics or related courses online or face-to-face? Here are some courses you might like to take.

Study face-to-face

Course Where Commitment Learning level
UTS Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Economics University of Technology Sydney, NSW Full time: 6 months, Part time: 1 year Extension
ANU Behavioural economics of policy design: the why and how of Nudge Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 1 day Foundation
ANZSOG Behaviour change in public policy masterclass Wellington, New Zealand 2 days Foundation
QUT Graduate Certificate in Business (Behavioural Economics) QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, QLD Full time: 6 months
Part time: 1 year
ACSPRI courses @ ANU: Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus, Melbourne, VIC
Varies Varies

Study online

Course Commitment Learning level
EdX: Behavioural Economics in Action 6 weeks
4 to 5 hours per week up to 30 hours
EdX: Evaluating Social Programs 5 weeks
3 to 5 hours per week
EdX: Designing and Running Randomised Evaluation 12 weeks
12 to 14 hours per week
EDX The Science of everyday thinking 12 weeks
2 to 3 hours per week
Future Learn: Transparent and Open Social Science Research 5 weeks
4 hours per week
Undergraduate to Graduate level
Coursera: Measuring Causal Effects in Social Sciences 7 hours Graduate (PhD) level
The Great Courses: Behavioral Economics - when psychology and economics collide 24 lectures
29 minutes each
Berkeley School of Information: Using Machine Learning to Understand Health Care Systems 1 lecture
1.25 hours
Behaviour Change by Design: Annual Lecture 2018 - Applying Behavioural Insights to Policy 1 lecture
1 hour
Free Code Camp: A beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior with Dan Ariely 1 lecture
1.5 hours

Study overseas

Course Where Commitment
Behavioural Science in Practice Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick, UK 3 days
Executive MSc Behavioural Science London School of Economics and Political Science London, UK 16 months (inc online study and 6 weeks in London)
MSc Behavioural Science London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK 1 year
Master of Public Administration
Degree has an Applied Behavioural Economics course as well as related econometrics courses
London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK 2 years
MSc in Behaviour Change University College London, London, UK Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible study
Penn's Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences University of Pennsylvania Full time: 1 year