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MSc Regulation

About the MSc programmes

This programme is based in the Department of Law and the Department of Government and offers the following benefits:

  • The chance to study regulation within a systematic framework – with the opportunity to specialise to suit your interests.
  • The programme has a multidisciplinary core combining studies in law, political science and institutional economics.
  • Our distinctive approach concentrates on institutional issues and behaviour in regulation – regulatory bureaucracies, interest groups, legislators and courts – in addition to the economic aspects of regulation. We aim to bring together the contrasting North American and European perspectives on regulation, and to juxtapose experience of regulatory practice with theoretical ideas about how regulation works.
  • Teaching staff are leading researchers in the field; several are involved at the highest level in advising government and regulatory agencies. The core course is taught across all members of the MSc Regulation team: Robert Baldwin, Julia Black, and Martin Lodge.
  • LSE and London provide an international centre for the study and practice of regulation. There are regular talks from practitioners in the field and students can participate in seminars and conferences inside and outside the School. The Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation offers many opportunities to take part in leading-edge research.

Regulatory growth and reform, like privatisation, has been an international 'policy boom' in recent years. Governments have increasingly used regulation in preference to other policy instruments. Regulation therefore plays a central role in the contemporary understanding of law and public policy. As a field of study, regulation requires a multi-disciplinary approach, because legal, political and economic issues are intertwined and each has to be understood to make sense of the overall process.

You should usually have achieved an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent and have an interest in, and experience of, related areas of law, public administration, politics or economics.

Programme details

The MSc Regulation is a truly interdisciplinary programme. You take a core seminar on Law and Politics of Regulation and then have the opportunity to specialise through your choice of options and your dissertation topic. If you take two full courses (or equivalent) or a full course and a dissertation in one of the specialisms listed below, you may have this specialism included in your degree title, for example, MSc Regulation (Environmental Regulation).

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from options in Environmental Regulation, Finance and Commercial Regulation, Social Regulation, Utilities Regulation and Government and Law.

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

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Graduate destinations

Graduates from the MSc Regulation have gone on to successful careers in politics and government, regulatory bodies, international organisations, law, finance and other regulated services, the media, non-governmental organisations and academia.

lse.ac.uk/law; lse.ac.uk/government

Application code: M3U8 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 28/94

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline and interest in or experience of related areas of law, public administration, politics or economics (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)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions


Martin Lodge