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LLM Competition Law

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • Scholarship: up to £2,500 available

Study with us

  • gain skills in understanding and interpreting legislation, jurisprudence and soft law, regulating competition

  • explore ongoing discussions in academic, enforcement and policy-making cycles, which shape the future reforms of competition law

  • develop interdisciplinary skills in competition law, economics and policy

  • apply theoretical knowledge to practical cases – and vice versa

  • enhance ability to engage in interactive learning with passionate, professional and esteemed teaching and research teams

  • receive supervision, guidance and practical help by drafting academic and policy papers on current aspects of the development of competition law

  • engage and get involved with the Strathclyde Centre for Antitrust Law & Empirical Study competition law academic community
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Why this course?

The LLM Competition Law is primarily intended for those interested in strengthening their knowledge in competition law.

With advanced modules, specialist academics and a dedicated supervision team, you'll be able to learn the nuances and detail on broadly familiar competition law themes you may have already studied. Our programme also facilitates knowledge development and skills enhancement for those with only a basic prior knowledge of competition law.

On the LLM Competition Law, you'll learn from an established, experienced and dedicated team of competition law academics, aiming to share our knowledge and skills with the next generation of competition lawyers.

Our academics are all highly active, publishing regularly in the top-tier journals, editing special issues focused on the most important aspects of the discipline,  and publishing monographs and collected volumes on the most vibrant theoretical and applied topics.

You'll benefit from the environment of like-minded people, sharing their interest and passion in various aspects and themes which are central to the study of competition law.

Guest lectures & events

Students on the course will also have monthly guest lectures, and regular events and seminars hosted by either the Strathclyde Centre for Antitrust Law & Empirical Study and the Centre for Internet Law & Policy.

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What you'll study

We've designed a unique, cutting-edge course, offering a selection of modules focused on various aspects of competition law.

In the first semester you'll take a compulsory legal research module which is required for all LLM students. In addition the Competition Law module, introducing you to a range of key aspects of competition law study, is compulsory. There will also be seminars in that class which introduce you to three degree specialism strands. Finally, you'll select another elective from a range of classes available in related LLM programmes in the Law School.

Depending on your interest and career plans, you'll choose one of three specialisms for your LLM by the start of the second semester. This requires you to select the appropriate module and undertake a dissertation topic in the area. You can select all three specialism modules or a combination of these with other electives, in addition to your specialism dissertation.

Specialist strands

The three specialist strands are as follows:

Competition Law & the State

This will allow you to focus on enhancing your knowledge and skills on the relationship between the traditional principles of economic competition and the increasing role of public policy consideration. This specialism allows you to learn about different approaches to regulating economic competition in various countries and political cultures.

Competition Law & Private Enforcement

This helps you to gain unique theoretical and practical knowledge about the ways in which affected undertakings use available rights to protect their interests from infringement of competition law including damages awards and will also focus on the extent to which consumers can gain effective redress and compensation through collective redress mechanisms.

Competition Law & the Digital Economy

This specialism will equip you with the necessary knowledge about the rapidly developing area of digital competition law – both ex-post and ex-ante. The main focus will be placed on the development in the EU and UK, however the remarkable development in other jurisdictions will be also covered in detail.

Professor Barry Rodger
We are delighted to offer this new bespoke LLM, giving students the chance to work with Competition Law experts to advance their knowledge of the subject. They will enhance their expertise in Competition Law policy, enforcement, legal practice and business compliance – all of which will improve their employability in the area.
Professor Barry Rodger
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Course content

The LLM in Competition Law Programme has three specialist pathways:

  • Competition Law & Private Enforcement
  • Competition Law & Digital Economy
  • Competition Law & the State

Satisfactory completion of three modules qualifies you for the PgCert. If you complete six modules you will gain the award of PgDip. To qualify for the LLM you must additionally submit a dissertation of 15,000 words on an approved topic.

Compulsory modules

Legal Research

This offers general assistance for postgraduate legal study and to better equip you for other modules in your Masters degree and postgraduate diploma.

It covers legal research, the use of digital library resources and legal writing, as well as completing a dissertation.

Competition Law

This class will focus on developing an understanding of the rationale for EU competition law and policy, the substantive rules and the processes of enforcement.

Elective modules

Financial Regulation and Compliance

This course will examine select topics in capital markets, regulation and economic theories underpinning them. This includes the law and economics of disclosure, regulation of market abuse (insider dealing and market manipulation), and the function and regulation of the market for corporate control.

The World Trading System: Law and Policy

This class will provide you with advanced instruction in the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).   You will explore the core rules of non-discrimination and most-favoured nation treatment, which underpin many of the legal agreements comprising the WTO. You will also look in detail at the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system.  

The analysis will then move on to more specialised WTO agreements. You'll also look at how the WTO disciplines the grant of governmental subsidies to domestic industries.

Intellectual Property (online)

You will be introduced to the general principles, theories and substantive laws that provide the framework for the international, European and national intellectual property systems for the protection of copyright, trademark and patent.

Elective modules

Please note that you must select at least one of the first three modules listed below, each focusing on a different aspect of Competition Law. The module taken is aligned with the name of your specialist pathway.

Competition Law & the Digital Economy (compulsory for the relevant specialism)

The digitisation of the global economy is an obvious and rapidly expanding trend. Big Tech companies, which did not even exist 15-20 years ago, are now the biggest in the world. Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook — all of them have changed our consumer behaviour and our way of life in general. All these companies are being placed under very tough scrutiny of competition law. This class will provide students with advanced knowledge of ex ante and ex post competition rules in the area of the digital economy.

Competition Law & the State (compulsory for the relevant specialism)

This class aims to expand students' knowledge about how competition law regulates the behaviour of state-owned companies and private companies on whom the state confers exclusive rights when they operate in the marketplace in different countries around the world.

Competition Law & Private Enforcement (compulsory for the relevant specialism)

The class is designed to provide students with a full awareness of all potential aspects of competition litigation and the private enforcement context, focusing on the UK and EU, but also from a comparative perspective with particular emphasis on aspects of private enforcement in the US.

There will be particular consideration of mechanisms of collective redress and how consumers can recover damages in relation to losses suffered by society as a result of competition law infringements.

Additional elective modules available in Semester 2:

The Law of International Business

This class will introduce students to the concepts underpinning the regulation of businesses. It will explain the different types of business entities and introduce students to company and corporate law concepts.

Financial Crime and Sanctions

This class seeks to examine a variety of difficulties and subject matters in the area of financial crime, such as money laundering, insider trading, and fraud. Students will be encouraged to consider why activities are criminal, the wider social context, and the various/best means by which to regulate, in order to combat these crimes.

Students will also consider the shifting nature of financial crime, and how technological innovation provides new difficulties for regulators to address.

Business and Human Rights

This class will examine the relationship between business and human rights and will include an introduction to the international human rights framework, the role of business entities as global actors and the identification of the legal challenges that business presents for the international legal system.


This module considers the law governing all forms of online commercial activity.

It focuses on two areas of particular importance:

  • electronic contracts
  • intermediary liability

The constraints on contracting in an online environment are central to most e-commerce activities and are therefore of great importance to the growth of e-commerce.

Cybercrime and Society (online)

Cybercrime is a highly topical area within the broad theme of internet law and policy. Learning about the laws and legal framework that address transnational cybercrime with a specific focus on internet content crimes such as illegal pornography as well as online contact offences. By studying the class students should be able to develop a detailed understanding and knowledge of the relevant areas of cybercrimes and analyse the various social, legal, criminological and policy aspects and responses to cybercrime.

Privacy, Crime and Security (online)

This module introduces you to the core ideas and legal regimes governing privacy and data protection online, as well as looking at the global issues concerning transnational data flows.

It covers regulation of spam, cookies and spyware; targeted advertising; and other venues for commercial collection of data.

Telecommunications Law (online)

This class familiarises you with telecommunications law in its national, European and international contexts.

The course begins with an overview of the technical and historical development of telecommunications infrastructure, as well as expanding upon the principles of deregulation, market liberalisation and economic policy that led to the current market structure.

Human Rights & Digital Technologies

The shift towards automated decision-making and algorithmic regulation generates significant concerns for the protection of human rights. At the same time, there is a pressing need to study these technologies’ beneficent effects on human rights.

This module aims to assess the suitability and relevance of existing human rights law in the digital age, and to evaluate conceptual, cross-disciplinary frameworks, which analyse how digital technologies shape developments in human rights law.

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Modules for this programme tend to require individual class assignments, but more detail regarding assessment requirements can be found in each individual class descriptor.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related discipline. Other qualifications may be accepted where the applicant has relevant work experience.

Please note: a law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course.

English language requirements

Please check our English language requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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The programme we are offering provides a thorough academic background in the area of international competition law and policy. Graduates will be in employment in leading law firms in different jurisdictions, in international cooperation, in competition agencies around the world, in relevant Governmental bodies, and in academia.

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