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Game Theory

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Academic LeadDr Christopher Tyson

This course offers you an introduction to game theory, a framework for studying situations of strategic interdependence. You will be shown how to describe and analyse such situations formally, as well as how the theory can be applied in economics, political science, law, and elsewhere. Topics include: games in strategic and extensive form, backward induction, dominance, choice under uncertainty, pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, imperfect information, coordination and outguessing games, the prisoners’ dilemma, subgame perfection, and repeated interaction. The course is taught on historical principles, with attention to the founders and intellectual development of game theory.

Games and Strategies has been offered by Queen Mary for a number of years and has historically enrolled many visiting students. The course has in the past been accepted for credit by the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Northwestern University, and the University of Pennsylvania, among other institutions.


Course aims

This course will give you a solid foundation in game theory, one of the cornerstones of modern economics and of the social sciences generally. The course introduces the main tools for representing and analysing strategic interaction, but also has a strong applied focus intended to demonstrate the broad applicability of game-theoretic methods and their interdisciplinary reach. Mastery of the material covered is essential for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate study in economics, finance, or management.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, self-study, and group work.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • understand and use the main tools of game theory
  • apply game-theoretic reasoning to problems arising in a variety of disciplines
  • recognise the essential features of several important classes of games, and
  • evaluate economic outcomes and assess public policy implications.


The QMUL Summer School costs: £1,499 per session, which includes tution and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current QMUL students 


On campus accommodation (bed and breakfast) will cost £899 per session.

Additional costs and course excursions

Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the Tuition and Social Programme Fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. Please check details for your chosen course to confirm whether there are any additional costs.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the QMUL Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA

  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the QMUL Summer School:

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 92 (L21; S23; R22; W24)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 62
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 176 60- grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at


How to apply

Applications now open!

In order to apply for the QMUL Summer School please fill out the application form

Check out our accommodation and fee discount deadlines.

Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.

Application deadline: 25 May 2018.

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English 
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

What do I do next? 

  • work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at QMUL and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
  • gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
  • check that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • apply online to QMUL

What happens then?

  • we make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
  • you accept our offer
  • apply for a visa (if you need it)
  • book your flights to London**
  • read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
  • pack and get ready for your stay in London
  • arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
  • join the welcome programme and start your course
  • complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
  • enjoy your time at QMUL!

** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.

Teaching dates
Session Two: 16 July 2018–3 August 2018
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 will be contact hours)
Problem sets - homework (50%), 2 hour in-class test (50%)

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