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MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation

There is a growing recognition in both public and private spheres of the need for greater environmental protection. But how do broad concerns lead to specific policies or plans, and how do these shape behaviour on the ground? This one year MSc programme (two years for part-time students) evaluates the nature and influence of different approaches to environmental policy and regulation. It considers the role of various techniques for environmental assessment and the influence of different forms of environmental policy at the international, national and local levels. Issues are addressed within a distinctive social science framework that uses theory to understand practice, thereby equipping students with the skills they need to work on environmental policy in the public, private or NGO sectors.

Taking students from diverse backgrounds, the programme is designed to enable participants to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the tools available for environmental policy and regulation, and the diverse contexts within which they operate;
  • Assess and evaluate the consequences of policies and projects for the economy, for society and for the natural environment.


The MSc is intended primarily for people who are, or will be, involved with environmental policy and regulation. Candidates will have obtained, or be expected to obtain, an Upper Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline, which may be in the social or the natural sciences. The Department encourages applications from mature candidates with work experience. This course can be taken both full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).


Past students have gone on to achieve employment in a variety of organisations within the public, private and NGO sectors. Public sector employers have included governmental organisations such as the UN, the World Bank, the European Commission/Parliament and national, regional and local government ministries and agencies in a wide range of countries. Private sector employers have included companies such as BP, Johnson Matthey and Deutsche Bank and a wide range of management and environmental consultancies including KPMG, Ernst and Young, Environmental Resources Management and ENTEC. NGO employers have included the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the World Wildlife Fund, Forum for the Future and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

For information on current course options available to MSc Environmental Policy & Regulation students, view the full programme details in the LSE graduate prospectus|.

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95percentGraduates of the Department have excellent career prospects. The most recent data, for 2011/12, shows that 6 months after graduation MSc Environmental Policy & Regulation students achieved an average starting salary of £35,600, with 95% engaged in employment or further education. LSE produces outstanding graduates, and you can be sure that choosing to study with us will shape your future.


Statistics taken from the DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey, overseen by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the UK Government and sample at least 80% of UK graduates and at least 50% of non-UK graduates.