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Course content

Economic evidence and analysis play a crucial role in cases brought before the European Commission, national authorities and courts. Our distance learning Economics for Competition Law Postgraduate Diploma/MA programme brings economic theory to the practice of competition law by covering conceptual foundations as applied in the context of competition law.

Key benefits

  • Gives an in-depth insight into the application of Economics to Competition Law.
  • Programme materials are written by experts in the field.
  • Weekend seminars led by programme directors.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.
  • Established programme with an enviable reputation in the sector and exceptional ratings by students.


Our Economics for Competition Law PG Diploma is structured into three modules broken down into 12 units in total. Each unit comes in the form of hard copy print and as a pdf file via the programme website. The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. The twelve units deal with market power and market definition, economic issues that arise out of Article 102 and 101, network effects and the boundaries of competition and intellectual property law, mergers and state aid. Each unit holds practical examples, questions and model answers to test your knowledge as you progress.

The MA in Economics for Competition Law is only open to students who have successfully completed the Economics for Competition Law Postgraduate Diploma at Merit level.

Course format and assessment

This is a distance learning course taught via course-specific printed matter which is despatched from October to March at fortnightly intervals. The PgDip also features two intensive residential weekend seminars (equivalent to 32 hours of contact time) at which programme leaders will lecture and organise group work where appropriate. You are expected to engage in 220 hours of self-study and will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations; 70 per cent of the course is assessed by examination and 30 per cent is assessed by coursework.

The follow-up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma at Merit level. It involves the research for and writing of a 12000 -15000 dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study. You are assessed exclusively by marking of your dissertation.

Career prospects

This programme attracts a far reaching international cohort of economic and legal professionals. With its specific focus this programme gives the student the in-depth knowledge to progress in the field of competition law.

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