Regulation: Theory, Strategy, and Practice online certificate course

Course starts 11 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
11 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Because regulation can have such a significant impact on the way organisations function, it’s crucial for decision makers to have a sound understanding of the evolving regulatory environment and the role it plays in their industry.

This London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) online certificate course is designed to provide both regulators and those in regulated industries with a firm grounding in the key features and processes of regulatory strategy, and offers you the tools to think critically about how regulation should be designed and evaluated.

Over eight weeks, you’ll consider regulation from a practical and multidisciplinary perspective, drawing on expertise from LSE’s Department of Law. Using cross-sectoral and cross-national examples, this course allows participants from a range of backgrounds to gain highly transferable skills and remain up to date in an increasingly dynamic field.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of competence from LSE on this online certificate course and be empowered to:

  • Mitigate risk with a contextualised understanding of regulation and its underlying principles

  • Critically assess the changing regulatory environment and how it affects you and your industry

  • Navigate the opportunities, challenges, and regulatory strategies applicable to your organisation

  • Understand the theory behind regulation by drawing on expertise from LSE's Department of Law

The CPD Certification Service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 70 hours of learning.

Note: should students wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon them. LSE and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Explore the foundations of regulation as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  Examining the case for regulation
  • Module 2  Regulatory strategies
  • Module 3  New strategies: From markets to nudges
  • Module 4  Risk and regulation
  • Module 5  Enforcement and self-regulation
  • Module 6  Assessing regulatory quality
  • Module 7  Accountability, transparency, and participation
  • Module 8  Regulation beyond the state

Explore the changing regulatory landscape

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop an in-depth understanding of the various factors impacting regulation.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by LSE faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Robert Baldwin

Robert Baldwin

Emeritus Professor of Law, LSE

Robert has written numerous books and learned articles on regulation, including the most widely used academic volume on regulation in the UK, Understanding Regulation. He has advised various corporations, international bodies, government departments, and agencies on regulation, and is a member of the National Audit Office's Panel of Regulatory Experts. Robert led the team that wrote the ‘Scoping Study’ report for the Government's Review of Legal Services Regulation, as well as the team that wrote the ‘DEFRA Review of Enforcement’ (2005–2006). His research interests focus on regulatory enforcement, the better regulation movement, and regulatory impact assessment processes.


Veerle Heyvaert

Veerle Heyvaert

Professor of Law, LSE; Founding Editor-in-Chief of Transnational Environmental Law

Veerle teaches environmental law and European law. She has an LLM from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Over the course of her career, she has published extensively on issues of transnational environmental law and risk regulation, including her books Transnational Environmental Regulation and Governance: Purpose, Strategies and Principles and European Environmental Law. Veerle's current research interests cover international environmental law and questions of compliance with international commitments, new developments in European environmental law, and in particular the reform of the EU regulatory framework for chemicals control.

Earn a certificate from LSE

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an LSE certificate of competence – and use it to set yourself apart as you learn to address regulatory challenges in an evolving landscape.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 11 November 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.