M.A. Law and Development

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,239 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.


Module details

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).


Academic entry qualification overview:

A good (2:1 or above) honours UK degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates must have a demonstrable background at degree level or from professional experience in issues related to economic development, governance, rule of law, regulation, or sustainable development.

English language:

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold IELTS 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7, or TOEFL 625 paper-based (with a minimum score on "Test of Written English" of 5.0) or 263 computer-based, or TOEFL 106 internet-based, or Cambridge Certificate Grade C.

It is also recommended that applicants attend pre-sessional English language courses at the University.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)


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