Applicants should normally have a good first degree in Law, or, exceptionally, in a related subject from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas. Employment experience where relevant may also be taken into account.
Months of entry
The LLM International Commercial and Competition Law degree is a unique interdisciplinary programme which examines the issues, concepts and principles that underpin the substantive law, and promotes understanding of the economic, social and political forces that continue to shape competition law development.
The number of countries with competition (antitrust) laws has increased from 31 in 1985 to over 100 in 2012, creating the need for legal specialists to practice in law firms, enforce policy in competition authorities and teach in universities. This LLM is ideally suited to those working or intending to work in the area of competition law.
The LLM International Commercial and Competition Law is offered over one year full-time. Students are required to take the compulsory module 'International Competition Law'. In addition, they must also write a dissertation on a competition law topic and take at least one optional module from a choice of three competition law-related modules: 'Competition Law in the Global Economy'; 'Media Regulation and Markets'; and 'Theory of Competitive Markets'. If they wish, students can take all of these optional modules. In any case, any remaining credits will be fulfilled by taking other optional LLM modules. Students may also, with the consent of the Course Director, choose modules worth up to 40 credits from other postgraduate courses offered by the University.
This degree also offers an optional Research Methods Training component. Research methods training is likely to be of particular interest to students who are considering working in the following areas: Academic legal research, including study for an advanced research degree, such as an MPhil or PhD, Law reform bodies and legal pressure groups, for example the Law Commission or Liberty, International organisations with a policy research focus, such as OECD, The World Bank.
- Designed for those working or intending to work in competition law and regulation
- Examines issues, concepts and principles that underpin the substantive law
- Promotes understanding of economic, social and political forces that shape competition law development
- Research-led Teaching: The ESRC Centre for Competition Policy
Information for international students
A minimum English language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each component is required. For a full list of accepted English language tests / qualifications, please see our website.
Fees and funding
A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Full details and application deadlines are available from the course web page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Office
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