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Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law

Start Date: 29th September 2021

Application Deadline: 1st September 2021

King's College London

In 2018 this Diploma/MA received an overall satisfaction rate of 96.4% (The Russell Group average was 80%) from the students in the PTES, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research and was rated number 1 in the UK in the ‘power’ ranking which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity in the 2014 official Research Excellence Framework (takes place every 7 years.)

King’s College London also rated 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings.

Overall, King’s College is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19). It has a distinguished reputation in Law, ranking 9th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2019).

The Importance of Understanding Current Issues in EU Competition Law

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In this short 10 minute webinar, you will gain an understanding of the Current Issues in EU Competition Law as Programme Director, Richard Whish QC shares invaluable commentary on current events and the impact they are having and are likely to have on EU Competition Law.

Click here to watch the full video.

King's College London Students & Brexit

The course provides you with an in-depth, complete and practical overview of all topics relevant to the competition law field and allows you to put it into practice immediately.

Additionally, the course puts you in contact with competition attorneys, in-house counsel and employees of NCAs from all over the world.

N. Brusik,

 Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands 

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 EU Competition Law.

It provides tuition from one of the world’s leading centres of European law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your office. Completing this rigorous programme will give you an edge in a competitive job market. This programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 2600 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, South America and Australasia.

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law and the units will take you systematically through the constituent provisions of EU competition law.

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 programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law. You will qualify with a highly regarded Postgraduate Diploma from one of the top 10 UK Law Schools in the UK (QS World Rankings 2018)

The units will take you systematically through the constituent provisions of EU competition law:

• Introduction to competition law and policy
• Article 101
• Article 102
• Article 106
• Articles 107-109
• Merger regulation
• Joint ventures
• Cartels
• Distribution agreements
• Licensing
• Public enforcement of EU competition law
• Private enforcement of EU competition law

See more detail on each unit.

The programme is directed by Professor Whish QC (Hon), one of the most respected names in the EU competition law field.

Richard Whish is Emeritus Professor of Law at King’s College London; in 2014 he was appointed QC Honoris Causa. He was a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading in the UK from 2003 to 2009, and a non-executive director of the Singaporean Energy Markets Authority from 2005 to 2011. He is the co-author, with David Bailey, of Competition Law, 8th edition 2015 (OUP), and the author of many other books, articles, case-notes and book reviews on various aspects of international competition law and policy.

Richard is part of the Brexit Competition Law Working Group

See the rest of the course faculty.

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma/MA in EU Competition Law

Start date: 29th September 2021

Duration: 8 months

Delivery: Distance Learning

Fees: Postgraduate Diploma £7,000

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

Hear from course director, Professor Richard Whish QC on why you should study for a postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law and the relevance Brexit will have on it.


  • The benefits of studying after the UK has left EU
  • The expert law faculty
  • The effects of Brexit on the course content
  • Relevance of UK universities post-Brexit

The course is tailored to practitioners, so is comprehensive in scope, and is focused on the needs of practice rather than being purely academic.

D. Baker,

 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Belgium

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

The programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 200 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Canada, South America and Australasia.

Some of the organisations who have already benefited from the programme:

Herbert Smith * Clifford Chance * Baker & McKenzie * Swedish Competition Authority * UCB Pharma * Dewey & LeBoeuf * Norwegian Competition Authority * Addleshaw Goddard * Philip Lee Solicitors * CMS Cameron McKenna * Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH * Ofcom * Linklaters * Denton Wilde Sapte * Mayer Brown International * McDermott Will & Emery * Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer * Shearman & Sterling * Norton Rose * The Dutch Competition Commission * European Court of Justice * Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company * Hammonds * Severn Trent Water * Akzo Nobel * NERA Economic Consulting * ExxonMobil * Ashurst * AGCOM * Nationwide Building Society * Italian Competition Authority * Allen & Overy *

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

The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law consists of three modules containing twelve units. It will commence on 29th September 2021 and will extend over eight months leading to an examination in May 2022. The first unit will be sent out on 29th September 2021 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2022 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.

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, copies of relevant regulations, Commission decisions and notices, judgments of the Court of First Instance and European Court of Justice, practical examples, questions and model answers to test your knowledge as you progress.

See this year's units.

All students will be eligible to attend two optional weekend seminars. The first will be held in November 2021 and the second in March 2022.

These seminars are an opportunity to meet and interact with course tutors as well as other students. 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.

See the course faculty.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in EU 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.

Comprehensive and well-structured course which is manageable in conjunction with a busy job

S. Latham,

Hausfeld & Co LLP, UK

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