LLM Competition Law

Key facts

  • Start date: Sep 2022
  • Study mode and duration: Distance learning online
    LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months full-time
  • Top 10 in UK for Law (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

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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The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

What you'll study

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

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

Depending on your interest and career plans, you will, by the start of the second semester, choose one of three specialisms for your LLM. 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 students 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.

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

Competition Law of the UK & EU

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

Intellectual Property Law
You'll 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.
E-Commerce Law

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.

Fundamentals of Economics

Competition Law is the area, in which economics and law are very deeply interdependent. Any successful competition lawyer is expected to know fundamentals of economics.

In taking the module Fundamentals of Economics you'll have an ability to systematise your knowledge and conceptualise your understanding of the main definitions, presumptions and instruments used in competition law. This will allow you to be well-equipped and competent when dealing with specific cases as well as when addressing more theoretical and doctrinal issues.

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:

Cybercrime

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 & Security

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

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.

International Macroeconomics

Competition law is an area of law, which functions in deep interdependence and intersection with the broader societal context.

By taking the module International Macroeconomics, you'll be able to complement your focused professional knowledge in competition law by a broader policy framework. This will allow you to understand the processes, regulated by competition law not only from the purely internal, technical perspective, but also to identify foundational societal interests influencing the decision-making process in competition law cases.

Assessment

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

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Tuition fees

£9,950

How can I fund my course?

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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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

The SCALES Competition Law Scholars’ Awards

Provided by the Strathclyde Centre for Antitrust Law and Empirical Study (SCALES), this scholarship offers a fee reduction of £2,500 to celebrate the launch of the new LLM Competition Law programme.

Competition Law Scholars’ Award
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Careers

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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Contact us

Register your interest and find out more about the programme

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our team are working from home and can be contacted via our online enquiry form.