Taught course

Competition, Regulation and Development

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) or its International equivalent in a Social Science subject. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Months of entry


Course content

Competition policy and regulation has a high importance in contemporary economic activities and its influence on day-to-day business has been growing in recent years. It is in particular important for developing countries where poverty has been the key concern. A consensus has emerged that poverty reduction in developing countries would be better served by the adoption of a more market-oriented development strategy which requires reshaping the role of the state in regulating the behaviour of markets, institutions and individuals in the interests of efficiency while safeguarding those of the poor. Competition policy and regulation is also important for capturing the potential advantages of market liberalisation and structural change in developing countries. In less-developed countries the scope of regulation and competition policy needed is wider because of the urgent social and economic problems they face.

The programme is designed to put the newly emerging issues of regulation and competition in a development and global context, and provides comprehensive training in the theoretical underpinnings of competition and regulation as they may be applied to developing and transitional economies, and tools and technical skills to assess critical competition and regulatory problems faced by them. The programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach towards regulation and competition policy, drawing on modules from both IDPM and the School of Law.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Environment and Development
+44 (0) 1612750807