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Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law

Start Date: 1st October 2019

Course start date: 1st October 2019

King's College London

In 2016 this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 100% (compared to a Russell Group average of 85%) from the students in the PTES, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London was also rated top in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework.

Complete this postgraduate diploma at Merit level for you opportunity to apply for the Masters degree.

King's College London Students & Brexit

The course gives a superb overview of economics issues in competition law. It manages to be both informative and challenging to someone with
professional experience in the area

K. Knaus,

 E-Control, Austria

The Centre of European Law at King’s College London is pleased to announce details of its 2019-2020 Distance Learning Programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Economics for Competition Law, now in its tenth year. This programme is aimed at competition lawyers, both in-house and in private practice, and economists who may be new to competition law. Completing this rigorous programme will give you an edge in a competitive job market.

The programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the increasingly important role that economics plays in competition law and an understanding of when economic analysis is relevant to a particular competition law case.

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

Following the Brexit decision, King’s College London has re-affirmed its total commitment to remaining a leader in EU law and in EU competition law.  Enrol on this programme to ensure that you are in pole position to understand the changes as and when they happen – and to take advantage of any new opportunities that may appear.

See the full course brochure.

The first unit covers the conceptual foundations of economics as applied to competition law.

The next two units cover the basic building blocks of economic analysis in competition law: market power and market definition. Units four to five look at economic issues that arise under Article 102, whilst units six and seven deal with Article 101.

These are followed by one unit on network effects and the boundaries of competition and intellectual property law, two units on mergers, one on state aid and one on empirical analysis.

Each unit will consist of text, suggestions for further reading; questions and model answers. The units are designed to give the reader a basic understanding of the economics of the topic in question.

See more detail on each unit.


Dr. Adrian Majumdar
RBB Economics


Dr. Mike Walker
Chief Economic Adviser
UK Competition & Markets Authority


Professor Emeritus
Richard Whish QC (Hon)
King’s College London

See the full course faculty.

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Economics for Competition Law

Start date: 1st  October 2019

Duration: 8 months

Delivery: Online Distance Learning

Fees: Postgraduate Diploma  £6,000 (After 31st Jan 2019, price increases to £6,180.)

Masters degree: Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma at Merit level can then apply for the Masters

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law will have the option to carry their credits forward and top up to a King' College London Masters by distance learning. This masters top up will consist of a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

An excellent combination of insights into economic theory, how it is applied, and how it shapes the competition world

M. Ivanovas,

 Policy and Regulatory Report, Belgium

Competition lawyers will be aware of the importance that economic evidence and analysis plays in cases brought before the European Commission, national competition authorities and the courts.

This programme has been specifically designed for lawyers in private practice, in-house legal advisers, representatives from the national competition authorities and the European Commission.

Countries who have benefited from the programme include:

Cyprus, Sweden, The Channel Islands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Denmark. Belgium, Greece, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Romania and the United Kingdom.

Is this the right course for you? Find out on the 2019 prospectus.

The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law consists of three modules containing twelve units. It will commence on  1st October 2019 and will extend over eight months leading to an examination in May 2020. The first unit will be sent out on 1st October 2019 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2020 with a four-week break over Christmas. Questions will be set at the end of each unit and model answers to these will be sent with the unit that follows. In addition three compulsory assignments will be set during the programme which will count towards the final mark.

See this year's units.

All students will be eligible to attend two optional weekend seminars. The first will be held on 18th and 19th November 2017 and the second at the end of the programme on 17th and 18th March 2018 (dates are currently provisional). The weekend seminars will be held at King’s College London. The seminars are not compulsory but are very beneficial and provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students, the programme director and programme authors. The weekend seminars will be audio and video recorded in full and will be accessible to students via the programme website after the event, allowing all students to benefit from the seminars.

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The units come in the form of hard copy print and as PDF documents via the programme website. Each unit is designed to be largely self-contained but recommended and further reading will be suggested. For each unit students will receive: a package of materials comprising text, suggestions for further reading, questions and model answers.

Good balance between theory and practical examples. Good seminar format and useful content

O. O'Reilly,

 ComReg Ireland

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