Decision-Making: Judgements, Biases, and Nudges

  • Online certificate course
  • Department of Management
  • Application code OCC-DML
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Global

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"The quality of a decision can’t be measured by its outcome. Instead, you must evaluate the process that led to the choice you made."

--- Dr Barbara Fasolo, Associate Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE 

This highly interactive and collaborative online certificate course explores the science behind decision-making to enhance your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It also equips you with a step-by-step process for formulating clear, unbiased decisions. Using LSE’s proprietary tool – the Decision Canvas™ – you’ll gain the structure necessary to consistently make improved and informed decisions in both your personal and professional capacity.

Learn how to compensate for blind spots in your decision-making process by exploring and interrogating cognitive bias and automatic judgements. By focusing on an informed awareness of debiasing and choice architecture, this course will improve your intuitive decision-making, and prepare you for an increasingly tech-reliant world that requires professionals to use their interpersonal skills to navigate change and uncertainty. 

This course also highlights the critical importance of teamwork and cooperation. By leveraging the diversity, experiences, and insight of your peers, you’ll learn how to review decision challenges from different perspectives and be exposed to alternative solutions. By combining theory with practical studies, you’ll gain a framework to apply in your own context to enhance your decision-making process.

CPD Certified

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning. 

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 22 June 2021   

Course starts (Orientation opens): 30 June 2021

Module 1 starts: 7 July 2021

Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation)

Commitment: 7–10 hours per week

Fee: £2,200   

Course outcomes

  • Gain a structured, scientifically informed process to making better, bias-proof decisions
  • Access the LSE Decision Canvas™ framework – a step-by-step guide to approaching and improving decisions, in both your personal and professional context
  • Develop the expertise to recognise blind spots in your decision-making, including cognitive bias and automatic judgements
  • Build intuitive decision-making abilities developed through highly integrative, collaborative, and experiential learning
  • Understand how to leverage the diversity, experiences, and insight of others in order to consider a decision from a variety of perspectives
  • Apply key insights and knowledge from LSE faculty to an ongoing decision problem capstone project

Programme structure

  • Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Decision-making styles and approaches
  • Module 2: Evaluating the quality of decisions
  • Module 3: Judgements as decision drivers
  • Module 4: Bias as an obstacle to successful decision-making
  • Module 5: Outsmarting biases
  • Module 6: Designing decision architecture


Course Convenor and Co-Designer: Dr Barbara Fasolo – Associate Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department of Management, LSE

Deputy Course Convenor and Co-Designer: Dr Umar Taj – Guest Teacher on the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science, LSE

Head Tutor and Course Contributor: Dr Claire Heard – LSE Fellow in Management in the Department of Management


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leader in online education GetSmarter. View this Decision-making: Judgements, Biases, and Nudges online certificate course on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. 

This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

Reading materials

All reading materials for this course will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus. Notes for each module are often downloadable, and you are able to save any information or collateral you use to your personal profile.

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