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EU Competition Law MA, PgDip

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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.

Our distance-learning EU Competition Law course is particularly suited for practising lawyers, regulators, academics or if you have a specific need for knowledge in this area. Through the course you will gain an understanding of the substantive rules of EU Competition Law and the procedural framework in which they operate.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 EU Competition Law principles and practice.
  • Course materials are written by leading academics at King’s College London and by professional experts in the field.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.
  • Weekend seminars led by course directors.
  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one-year cohort.

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

Programme accreditations CPD accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Course intake Maximum 130.

Course leaders Emeritus Professor Richard Whish QC (Hon)

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 course focuses on the constituent provisions of EU Competition Law: Articles 101, 102, 106, 107, 108, 109 and the Merger Regulation. You will also study joint ventures, cartels, distribution agreements and licences of intellectual property rights. The remaining modules deal with particular problems of EU Competition Law procedure and enforcement.

The EU Competition Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the EU Competition Law Postgraduate Diploma at merit level. Students on the MA course 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 may have to source recommended reading themselves.

A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court 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 questions 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. 

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. This programme is designed as a traditional paper based distance learning course that is supported by additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies.  Units will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other, post questions for the programme director and view any other information relevant to the course.

Support throughout 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 /December 2021 and in March/April 2022. 

Authors and tutors lecture and revise study material for two whole days each weekend. Seminars are recorded to view for those students who cannot attend the seminars. It is strongly recommended that students benefit from these intensive revision sessions.  

Students will be required to submit three 2000-word assignments in April of the first year. 

The three-hour written examination will take place during May 2022 either at King's College London or a different venue in London. Arrangements can be made to sit the exam at a venue in your country. This arrangement carries a fee by King's College London and the invigilating institution.

Successful candidates will obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in EU 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 from a King’s academic. 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

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits
  • MA – modules totalling 180 credits (120 credits from the Diploma and 60 credits for the MA dissertation)
Required Modules

PG Dip
You are required to take the following modules:

  • Principles of EU Competition Law (40 credits)
  • Practical application of EU Competition Law (40 credits)
  • EU Competition Law Procedure (40 credits)

You are required to take the following module:

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

Entry requirements & how to apply

EU Competition Law Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

2:1 undergraduate degree in law, a 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 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 has closed.

Start of the Pg Diploma 29 September 2021. Start of the MA 1 October 2021.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Application checklist for the Pg Diploma
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 certified 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.
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 must be included if you are not a native English speaker.

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 Diploma. 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

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
  • Binding and courier fees for two MA dissertations
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Stationery
  • Travel and accommodation for 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

The programme is studied by competition law professionals from all over the world. The course is perceived as the must-have qualification by many in London and Brussels and is studied by lawyers in regulatory organisations worldwide.

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

  • 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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