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Competition Law LLM



Widely respected throughout Europe and beyond, our LLM in Competition Law will challenge and inspire you in equal measure. Leading policy makers, practitioners and academics are attracted to King's throughout the year to address the most challenging questions about the theory and application of competition law and economics. This makes King's an exciting place to learn about, think about, and contribute to this area.

Key benefits

  • Professor Bill Kovacic, one of the most respected authorities on antitrust and competition law worldwide will be joining the world-class academic team from September 2015. Click here to learn more about Bill Kovacic

  • Breadth and depth of teaching expertise; a highly reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and internationally-acclaimed practitioners who all contribute to an extensive module offering as part of this specialist pathway.

  • Opportunities to listen to and meet with world-renowned speakers in our weekly extra-curricular Competition Law evening events and series of lunchtime lectures.

  • A strong Competition Law community, consisting of LLB, LLM, MA distance learning and PhD students from all over the world, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing of ideas and perspectives

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Law Society CPD points

Course intake 360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)

Course leaders Professor Alison Jones

Course contact for further information Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7171 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements & how to apply

General entry advice

Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.

Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer. Applications for this programme are competitive. 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £30 applies (non-refundable). 

All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to programme/module leaders before you make a decision on whether to do a specialist or tailored LLM.


Personal statement and supporting information

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

International applications must be received by 01 July 2016 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


Competition Law has spread from country to country at a rapid rate and there are now over one hundred jurisdictions with established competition laws. That is why students from all over the world come to King's to study Competition Law.

We have long-standing relationships with practitioners in these countries and are proud of the range and depth of our contacts. Our faculty of competition lawyers, economists and officials remain close to competition law cases in the UK, EU and beyond. This is part of what makes King's such an exciting atmosphere in which to study.

You will find that Competition Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law is taught in a supportive environment that helps students develop their individual interest in the subject. We are also extremely proud of the ongoing contact we have with many of our students after they graduate and welcome them back at regular events.

They are in turn supported by a strong team of visiting professors and lecturers:

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Further literature

LLM brochure

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. Please see further details for each individual module in the module list below.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.


  • Required Modules

    For all options, you will need to study full or half-modules that add up to a total of 180 credits. A list of all modules is shown below. Each module is worth 40 credits (with half modules worth 20 credits). You will need to select modules of your choice that add up to 120 credits in total.

    To achieve the additional 60 credits you need to choose between guided LLM research options, which include a longer dissertation or shorter research essay requirement.



Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.

The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

13,000 (2015)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

18,850 (2015)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

6,500 (2015)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

9,425 (2015)

Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students. for more information on these scholarships and how you can apply, please click the link here.

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