Law and Development MA
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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.
Coursework and assessment
The programme will involve a taught element (course units to a total value of 120 credits) and a research element (two research papers of 30 credits value each).
Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. Study of the course units takes place in the two semesters of the academic year, with examinations taking place at the end of each semester (in January and May/June). The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.
Course unit details
Study on the programme will involve the undertaking of three core course units to the combined value of 45 credits. These mandatory course units are:
- Law, Governance & Development
- Law and Social Theory
- Law, Trade and Finance 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 Regulating Corporate Social and Environmental Behaviour ; Perspectives on Development; Political Economy of Development, WTO and Regional Integration Law, Law and Development Model along with several other more generic optional course units.
Details of options and course units available can be found on the Faculty of Humanities website.
Scholarships and bursaries
Graduates of the Manchester School of Law who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible for the School's Alumni Bursary Scheme, whereby students receive a Loyalty discount on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org