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.
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.
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Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy provides critical insights into the characteristics, processes, instruments and evolving dynamics of environmental policy, regulation and governance. Either Environment and Development covers environment-economy linkages, the concept of sustainable economic development and environment growth and the resource or Environment and Development: Sustainability, Technology and Business* examines environment-economy linkages, the concept of sustainable economic development, green technological change and corporate social/environmental responsibility. Dissertation. 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.
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.
The people in my programme are amazing, I have worked internationally for five years and never come across a group of such diverse, interesting and inspiring people. The programme is preparing me for a wide range of jobs in the public and/or private sector – it is focused, flexible and cutting edge. I chose LSE because it is the only programme that combines the interrelated and interdependent areas of regulation, policy, and planning, which makes it the most effective and exciting programme for environmental governance. Living and studying in London is wonderful and exciting; it is an education in itself. The LSE campus is located perfectly for taking advantage of everything the city has to offer, and LSE provides excellent support services for making my experience here smooth and successful.
Studying with such a great group of people, and benefiting from the high quality of our lectures and tutors has made my world bigger and more interesting. It has made me aware of job opportunities and career paths that I would never have discovered otherwise, and given me the skills to take advantage of them. It has afforded me with the opportunity to attend lectures by world leaders in a variety of fields, and put me in touch with people who can help me achieve my academic and professional goals.
Rhonda de Freitas
I chose LSE's MSc in EPPR for two reasons: From an academic background in the natural sciences, I went into a working environment where I dealt with policy issues but had no practical means of adapting my 'technical' knowledge to issues of corporate, national or international policy and governance. The format of the MSc programme seemed to have the right blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that would equip me to deal with 'real world' issues. The success or failure of many environmental policies hinge on how those policies will impact trade, development and national economies. With the ability of many multi-national companies to influence the adoption of international policies by national governments, I felt it essential to gain a fundamental knowledge of the actual and perceived environmental barriers to economic development and vice versa.
With its research facilities and the ease of access to information - provided both by LSE and by the school's location in the centre of the city and its convenient proximity to other institutions and libraries, LSE seemed the appropriate place to achieve this.
My time at LSE has made me more aware of the importance of study skills and the need for discipline, and provided me with a better understanding of the need for balance in all aspects of my life. After LSE I plan to work with a NGO focused on developing environmental policy and putting that policy to practical use, particularly in developing areas of the world.
Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need.The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.
Value of Scholarship(s)
The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.
Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.
If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less than 4 weeks since you submitted your application.
The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Value of award varies
Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.
Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.
You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.