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Distance without attendance


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Economics Civil Law

Course type


Course Summary


Economic evidence and analysis play a crucial role in cases brought before the European Commission, national authorities and courts. Our Economics for Competition Law is a classic distance-learning programme that brings economic theory to the practice of competition law by covering conceptual foundations as applied in the context of competition law. This programme is studied by professionals alongside full time work commitments. The estimated time commitment is 240 hours of self study plus 32 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently.

Course detail

Our Economics for Competition Law programme is suitable for practising lawyers, regulators, academics and those with a specific need for knowledge of Economics for Competition Law. On completion of the course, you will have a firm understanding of the increasingly important role that economics plays in competition law and an understanding of when economic analysis is needed for a particular competition law case. Our course has been specifically designed for economists and lawyers in private practice, in-house legal advisers and representatives from the national competition authorities. You will study market power and market definition, economic issues that arise out of Articles 101 and 102, network effects and the boundaries of competition law and intellectual property law, mergers and state aid. The Economics for Competition Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the Economics for Competition Law Postgraduate Diploma at Merit level. Students on the follow up MA programme are required to write a dissertation under supervision.

Teaching and assessment

The PG Diploma programme is structured into three modules of 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. Some of the further reading suggestions may not be readily available online, either at King's library or elsewhere, so students will have to source recommended or further reading they wish to do themselves.

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. Completing this rigorous programme will you give you a competitive edge in the job market. With its practical approach you can apply your expertise immediately to your work environment. You will also have opportunities to network with professionals in your area from all over the world. Programme graduates are mostly professionals who enjoy specialisation and promotion in their existing workplace or new employment destinations.


Economics of Articles 101 and 102 (40 Credits)
Merger Analysis, state aid and empirical analysis (40 Credits)
Foundations of the Economics of Competition Law (40 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree in law/economics/related discipline, or be a qualified barrister or solicitor. Applications from candidates who have achieved a comparable academic level through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for admission may also be considered. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.