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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. If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you need to take some methods training as part of the MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 35/215

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, preferably social science. We 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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

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 admissions. For consideration for ESRC funding 11 January 2016

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