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Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law

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Commences: 2nd October 2017 (Application deadline: 4th September 2017)

Distance Learning

In 2016 this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 96% (compared to a Russell Group average of 85%) from the students in the PTES, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.
 
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London was also rated top in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework.

Complete this postgraduate diploma at Merit level for you opportunity to apply for the Masters degree.

The course provides you with an in-depth, complete and practical overview of all topics relevant to the competition law field and allows you to put it into practice immediately.

Additionally, the course puts you in contact with competition attorneys, in-house counsel and employees of NCAs from all over the world.

N. Brusik,

 Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands 

The Centre of European Law at King’s College London is pleased to announce details of its 2017-2018 Distance Learning Programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in EU Competition Law.

It provides tuition from one of the world’s leading centres of European law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your office. Completing this rigorous programme will give you an edge in a competitive job market. This programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 2600 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, South America and Australasia.

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law and the units will take you systematically through the constituent provisions of EU competition law.

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

Following the Brexit decision, King’s College London has re-affirmed its total commitment to remaining a leader in EU law and in EU competition law.  Enrol on this programme to ensure that you are in pole position to understand the changes as and when they happen – and to take advantage of any new opportunities that may appear.

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The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law.

The units will take you systematically through the constituent provisions of EU competition law:

• Introduction to competition law and policy
• Article 101
• Article 102
• Article 106
• Articles 107-109
• Merger regulation
• Joint ventures
• Cartels
• Distribution agreements
• Licensing
• Public enforcement of EU competition law
• Private enforcement of EU competition law

See more detail on each unit.

The programme is directed by Professor Whish QC (Hon), one of the most respected names in the EU competition law field.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, he has been Professor of Law at Kings College London and is also a Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). He is a qualified solicitor and acts as a consultant to a variety of companies and regulatory agencies, and is a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading; he is also a member of the Board of the Singaporean Energy Market Authority. He is actively involved in research on many aspects of competition policy, including the international merger process, pricing behaviour and the relationship between competition law and regulation.

See the rest of the course faculty.

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma/MA in EU Competition Law

Start date: 2nd  October 2017

Duration: 8 months

Delivery: Distance Learning

Fees: Postgraduate Diploma £6000

Masters degree: Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma at Merit level can then apply for the Masters

Hear from course director, Professor Richard Whish QC on why you should study for a postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law and the relevance Brexit will have on it.

Covering:

  • The benefits of studying after the UK has left EU
  • The expert law faculty
  • The effects of Brexit on the course content
  • Relevance of UK universities post-Brexit

The course is tailored to practitioners, so is comprehensive in scope, and is focused on the needs of practice rather than being purely academic.

D. Baker,

 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Belgium

This programme has been specifically designed for lawyers in private practice, in-house legal advisers, economists, representatives from the national competition authorities and the European Commission.

The programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 200 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Canada, South America and Australasia.

Some of the organisations who have already benefited from the programme:

Herbert Smith * Clifford Chance * Baker & McKenzie * Swedish Competition Authority * UCB Pharma * Dewey & LeBoeuf * Norwegian Competition Authority * Addleshaw Goddard * Philip Lee Solicitors * CMS Cameron McKenna * Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH * Ofcom * Linklaters * Denton Wilde Sapte * Mayer Brown International * McDermott Will & Emery * Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer * Shearman & Sterling * Norton Rose * The Dutch Competition Commission * European Court of Justice * Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company * Hammonds * Severn Trent Water * Akzo Nobel * NERA Economic Consulting * ExxonMobil * Ashurst * AGCOM * Nationwide Building Society * Italian Competition Authority * Allen & Overy *

Is this the right course for you? Find out on the 2017 prospectus.

The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law consists of three modules containing twelve units. It will commence on 2nd October 2017 and will extend over eight months leading to an examination in May 2018. The first unit will be sent out on 2nd October 2017 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2018 with a four-week break over Christmas. Questions will be set at the end of each unit and model answers to these will be sent with the unit that follows. In addition three compulsory assignments will be set during the programme which will count towards the final mark.

The units come in the form of hard copy print and as PDF documents via the programme website. Each unit is designed to be largely self-contained but recommended and further reading will be suggested. For each unit students will receive: a package of materials comprising text, copies of relevant regulations, Commission decisions and notices, judgments of the Court of First Instance and European Court of Justice, practical examples, questions and model answers to test your knowledge as you progress.

See this year's units.

All students will be eligible to attend two optional weekend seminars. The first will be held on 2nd and 3rd December 2017 and the second at the end of the programme on 24th and 25th March 2018 (dates are currently provisional). The weekend seminars will be held at King’s College London. The seminars are not compulsory but are very beneficial and provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students, the programme director and programme authors. The weekend seminars will be audio and video recorded in full and will be accessible to students via the programme website after the event, allowing all students to benefit from the seminars.

See the course faculty.




Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law will have the option to carry their credits forward and top up to a King' College London Masters by distance learning. This masters top up will consist of a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

Comprehensive and well-structured course which is manageable in conjunction with a busy job

S. Latham,

Hausfeld & Co LLP, UK

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