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These programmes are based in the Department of Law and Department of Government. Both a Research as a taught track are offered.
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.
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 either 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).
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.
* Law and Politics of Regulation
* Foundations of Social Research (Research track only)
(* half unit)
Choose the equivalent of two full units from the following (one unit for the Research track):
* Environmental Problems, Politics and Development*
* Global Environmental Governance*
* Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy
* Concepts in Environmental Regulation*
* International Political Economy of the Environment
* International and European Environmental Law
* Science, Technology and Resistance*
* Issues in Environmental Governance*
Finance and Commercial Regulation
* Management Accounting, Decisions and Control* or Principles of Finance
* Legal Regulation of Information Technology
* Regulation of Financial Markets
* Regulation, Risk and Economic Life
* European Monetary and Financial Services Law
* Corporate and Financial Crime
* Anthropology of Politics* or Anthropology of Economy (2): Transformation and Globalisation* or Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange* or Law in Society: a Joint Course in Anthropology and Law*
* Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives*
* Policing and Police Powers
* Criminal Justice Policy
* European Social Policy
* Network Regulation*
* Media and Communications Regulation*
* New Media Regulation*
* Competition Law
* EU State Aid Law*
Government and Law
* Law and Governance of the Single European Market
* Comparative Public Policy Change*
* Political Science and Political Economy: Introduction*
* Political Science and Political Economy: Advanced Topics*
* Public Management Theory and Doctrine*
* Behavioural Public Policy*
* Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
* Law and Social Theory
* Modern Legal History
* Corporate and Financial Crime
* Law of International Economic and Financial Sanctions*
* Risk and Governance: A Sociological Approach*
* You may also take a course from another programme by special permission from your supervisor and the course convener.
Note that not all the options will be available every year, and some may only be available with permission of the course proprietor.
Fee reductions and rewards
LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.
Scholarships for study at LSE
LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.
The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.
Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes
There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.
Graduate Support Scheme
LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.
If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.