This new MA programme offers the opportunity to study in depth the role of law and governance in fostering development by focusing on developing and transition countries. The substantive content covers theories and evidence on the link between legal systems and development, economic analysis of legal institutions, and analysis of the problems and policy choices in legal reform and private sector development in less developed and transition countries. The focus will be not only on law as written rules but also on customary law, norms, practices and issues of enforcement in relation to development. The programme will also cover the experience in rule of law promotion of multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank, as well as the range of systemic factors affecting the receptiveness of `Western' legal transplants into different development contexts.
This programme is uniquely tailored to cater for the needs of non-lawyers who would like to gain better understanding of the role of law and legal institutions in development. Such persons may have come into contact with issues of legal regulation or legal reform through their involvement in a wide range of activities, such as charity, technical assistance or business transactions. The programme will give these students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the sphere of law (law-making, institutions, and enforcement) in relation to development.
Another unique strength of the programme is that we draw on the tradition of excellence in Manchester's School of Law in engaging in inter-disciplinary research and teaching. The subject area is approached by drawing on law, regulation, law and finance, law and economics, new institutional economics, and sociology of law.
Study on the programme will involve the undertaking of four mandatory course units to the combined value of 60 credits. These mandatory course units are:
* Law, Governance & Development
* Perspectives on Development
* Law and Social Theory
* Legal Issues in Emerging Markets
The MA programme requires the study of 120 credits of taught course units.
Course units available in any given year will not be confirmed until perhaps May or June preceding the start of the academic year. However, the MA in Law & Development will typically offer optional course units in RegulatingCorporate Social and Environmental Behaviour ; International Economic Law ; Discrimination Law ; Democratic Transformation and the Laws; and Political Economy of Development (along with several other more generic optional course units).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
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