There is growing recognition in both public and private spheres of the need for greater environmental protection. But how do broad concerns lead to specific policies or plans, and how do these shape behaviour on the ground? This one year MSc programme (two years for part-time students) evaluates the nature and influence of different approaches to environmental policy, planning and regulation. It considers the role of various techniques for environmental assessment and the influence of different forms of environmental policy and planning at the international, national and local levels. Issues are addresssed within a distinctive social science framework that uses theory to understand practice, thereby equipping students with the skills they need to work on environmental policy and planning in the public, private or NGO sectors.