Taught course

Environmental Policy and Regulation

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in any discipline, preferably social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background.

Months of entry


Course content

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) 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.

Taking students with first degrees in a wide range of areas, 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.
*Enter a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research, consultancy and national/multinational firms.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall

Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme. ESRC

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613