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Economics for Competition Law

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Please note: For the Postgraduate Diploma only (first year) you apply through Informa Connect who will guide you through the application process. Informa Connect delivers the Diploma programme in conjunction with King’s.

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.

Please note that the optional MA (second year) is only available for application once the Postgraduate Diploma has been completed at Merit level. 

At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.


Key benefits

  • Gives an in-depth insight into the application of Economics to Competition Law.
  • Course materials are written by experts in the field.
  • Weekend seminars led by programme directors.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.
  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one year cohort
  • Established programme with an enviable reputation in the sector and exceptional ratings by students. In the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 114 students out of 118 at the Centre of European Law agreed to the statement: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year for the Postgraduate Diploma, two years for MA (both distance learning). October to May for the Diploma plus subsequent October to September for the MA.

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value MA 180, Pg Dip 120 / ECTS: MA 90, PgDip 60. Progression to MA only if Pg Dip passed at Merit level.

Course intake Approximately 50.

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Further details

Course contact for further information

At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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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.

Further literature

You can view the full syllabus and the authors of the 12 study units here.

Course format 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.

A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Practical examples, questions and model answers will test your knowledge as you progress. It is anticipated that each unit will require a student to spend approximately twenty hours' study plus further time for reading and completion of the assignments. Extra time must be set aside in April and May to complete the coursework and to prepare for the written examination in May. Units are despatched by air courier.

Alongside the paper based programme material students will also be able to view and download their material from a website specifically designed for their programme, offering additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies.  The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other, post questions and view any other information relevant to the course.

Support during your studies
Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa Connect and the Senior Programme Officer at King's College London. However, this programme is designed and delivered in a format that requires the student to study independently. Although academic staff will be available via the programme website for student queries, they do not tutor on a one-to-one basis. Students who enter this programme need to be aware of the commitment required to study for this challenging and rewarding degree course. The distance learning programme offers much freedom to suit professionals, therefore students need to bring self-discipline and self-motivation to be successful.

There will be two intensive weekend seminars held in central London. These will be held in November 2020 and in March 2021. Authors and tutors lecture and revise study material for two full days each weekend. Students who cannot attend the seminars will be able to view recordings of the seminars. It is strongly recommended that students attend the seminars to benefit from the intensive revision sessions. (The 2020 seminar will be an online activity, format to be confirmed; the format of the 2021 spring seminar will be subject to social distancing measures).  

Students will be required to submit three 2000-word assignments in April of the first year. Together these assignments constitute 30% of the final overall mark for the Postgraduate Diploma. 
The three-hour written examination will take place during May 2021 either at King's College London or a different venue in London. Arrangements can be made to sit the examination at a venue in your country. This arrangement carries a fee by King's College London and the invigilating institution. 

At the time of writing, May 2020, it is expected that the examination format will be a sit-down 3-hour examination, but the examination can take a different format if required by social distancing measures in 2021.

Successful candidates will obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law. Results are graded into Pass (50-59%), Merit (60-69%) and Distinction (70%+). 

The follow-up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma at Merit level.  It involves the research for and writing of a dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study. You are assessed exclusively by your dissertation which needs to be passed with at least 50%.



Year 1

Programmes are divided into modules. You will normally take:
• PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits
• MA – modules totalling 180 credits (120 credits from the Pg Diploma and 60 credits for the MA dissertation).
Required Modules

PG Dip
You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are also required to take the following module:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this programme.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Economics for Competition Law Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

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.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

  • For the Postgraduate Diploma students apply through the portal at Informa Connect. 

  • All MA applicants need to have completed the Diploma at Merit level. Please apply directly to King’s through the King's online application portal  apply.kcl.ac.uk 

We aim to turn around applications within four weeks for the Diploma applications. MA applications are turned around in two weeks after the application deadline of 28 August 2021 has closed. 

The Pg Diploma starts on 29 September 2021.  The MA will start on 1 October 2021.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents for the Pg Diploma in order for your application to be considered:

Economics for Competition law checklist
Personal statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy of your official degree certificate. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One professional or, if you are a recent graduate, one academic reference. On headed paper and signed.  
Other Yes You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application. In addition you are asked to submit a certified copy of your passport page. English language proficiency test results if you are not a native English speaker.
Note   King’s College London and Informa Connect reserve the right to request certified copies of any documents provided in the event that clear copies are not received or to verify their authenticity.



Application closing date


PG Diplomas only: 1 September 2021 for PG Diplomas. Later applications will be considered, but only if the full application documents are submitted by 15 October 2021.


MAs only: 28 August 2021 (strict deadline)


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: PG Dip: £7,000 per year (2021/22); MA: £3,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: PG Dip: £7,000 per year (2021/22); MA: £3,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Only MA students are required to pay a deposit. This is £1000 to be paid at the point of accepting the offer of a place of study.  

Pg Diploma students are invoiced by Informa Connect.  

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.


Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Stationery
  • Travel and accommodation at weekend seminars
  • Travel and accommodation for the examination if taken in London
  • Overseas examination arrangements if requested (King's fee and fee of overseas venue)
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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.

Career destinations

 Graduates from this programme typically work for

  • Law firms in London, Brussels and worldwide
  • Public sector legal departments
  • Corporate sector legal advisors
  • European Institutions
  • European Commission
  • Competition commissions worldwide
  • Regulatory bodies worldwide
  • Private legal practice


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