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MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation

About the MSc programme

There is a growing recognition in both public and private spheres of the need for greater environmental protection. Yet how do broad concerns lead to specific policies or plans, and what factors shape the performance of different regulatory instruments on the ground? This one year MSc programme (two years for part-time students) takes students with first degrees in a wide range of areas and analyses the nature and efficacy of different approaches to environmental policy and regulation. It considers the influence of different forms of environmental policy and regulation at the international, national and local levels and the role of environmental evaluation techniques. 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 and regulation in the public, private or NGO sectors.

Programme details

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.
  • Evaluate the impact of policies for the economy, society and the natural environment.

Students can expect to receive approximately 120 hours of contact time not including the dissertation. Teaching is mainly through lectures and graduate level seminars. You will be assessed on a combination of unseen examinations and research essays. You will develop a detailed proposal for your dissertation on a topic in the field of environment, but of your own choosing and design. You will work on your own on the dissertation, with limited advice from a supervisor.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)  

Students will be expected to choose course options to the value of one full unit or one and a half units, depending upon their compulsory course choice. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Graduates will have the skills to enter a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research, consultancy and national/multinational firms.


Application code: F9UG (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Intake/applications in 2013: 33/206

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, preferably social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see  English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC

Application deadline: None – rolling admission. For consideration for ESRC funding 12 January 2015

A photo of Alice Byers, an LSE student