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LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed. They will re-open for 2018 entry mid-October.

The LLM in Competition Law programme offers you the opportunity to study the application of competition law in relation to different business phenomena, ranging from anti-competitive agreements and abusive dominance to mergers. Competition law is an exciting and important area of law, particularly internationally and across the EU. You will also have an opportunity to explore the interface between competition law and related areas such as intellectual property rights and trade.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC) at Queen Mary conducts research in competition law and policy and offers training to judges, lawyers, business people and enforcement officials in the field of competition law. The ICC runs an annual event 'Crowell & Moring conference: Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law'. 

ICC Global Antitrust Review

The Global Antitrust Review (GAR) is an online refereed student journal that aims to encourage and promote scholarship among young competition law scholars.

Why study your LLM in Competition Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two 45 credit dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take only 45 credits of taught modules each year, one per semester.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Competition Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

From the 2017/18 academic year, all LLM modules will be single semester taught 22.5 credits.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

 

Entry requirements

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
 
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
 
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants

 

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office

How to apply - one LLM programme only

You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

Dissertation

You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-word.

Teachers contributing to this programme include:

 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £13,400

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £19,500

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Read more about funding a masters

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

Read more about funding a masters.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Profiles

Claudia Arnautu, Romania

LLM in Competition Law

"Competition law is one of the fast growing fields in the Romanian legal environment and it is a “must know” for any ambitious young lawyer wishing to practice in the filed of commercial law. Working with the Romanian Government increased my awareness of the legislative and practical issues Romania was facing while knocking at the EU’s doors.

I chose to study competition law at Queen Mary University of London due to the ranking of the University and its ongoing involvement in the field of competition law. The first class I attended did nothing but to reinforce my decision to study competition law with one of the best teachers and practitioners in the field.

It was a very rewarding academic experience that opened the doors of many international law firms upon my return home. It is due to the practical skills and legal knowledge acquired during my LLM studies that I now have the chance not only to observe the legislative developments in the field of competition law but also to enthusiastically participate in them as a practitioner."


Felipe Garcia-Pineda, Colombia

LLM Competition Law

“After practising law for five years in Colombia, I decided to look for an educational experience that combined academic excellence, life experience and the possibility to build a strong network of fellow students.

Studying the LLM at Queen Mary exceeded my expectations. I attended International and Comparative Competition Law, International Merger Control and EC Competition Law. These three courses were a perfect combination of theory and practice.

Since I came back to Colombia I have been working for the Colombian Competition Authority. Having completed my LLM at Queen Mary, it has given me the necessary academic and practical skills to meet the requirements for the job, and more importantly, to be up to challenge that such type of work demands. I had probably one of the best academic formations you can get, had a wonderful experience in London and built a strong network of friends from all over the world.”


Florian Leib, Germany

LLM Competition Law

"Since I am doing a PhD in Competition Law at the Free University in Berlin, I chose to combine it with the Queen Mary LLM programme.

Queen Mary, University of London offers a choice of different competition law courses, which I could not find anywhere else. I attended International and Comparative Competition Law as well as International Merger Control. Both courses widened my personal scope of the field and gave me a multinational interlink, which is in this area more required than anywhere else.

Whilst International and Comparative Competition Law was in my opinion mainly orientated on competition law and policy issues on an international level, International Merger Control was mostly dedicated to issues of practical importance. Both courses complement one another perfectly.

Now I will complete my PhD after I finished an internship at the Brussels Office of an international law firm which is active in this field."


Hugo Chanez, USA

LLM in Competition Law 2009-2010

“I applied to Queen Mary’s LLM program because I wanted to focus on competition issues and acquire an international perspective to my American legal education. Both goals have been accomplished. In my opinion Dr Dabbah, has been the key to my positive experience. Despite his busy schedule, he is always approachable and takes time to guide his students. Having spent a year studying under him, it is evident he truly cares about his student’s development. The LLM program combines both practical and theoretical courses. Dr Dabbah’s command of the subject creates a synergy between the two. In class every theory is reinforced with examples from private practice. Students are taught more than the legal rules and jurisprudence. Dr Dabbah teaches his students to look beyond the law into the politics and economics of the issues at hand. Further, the vast diversity of jurisdictions represented in the student body allows for lively discussion of competition issues.”


Lydia Phu Hien-Minh Nguyen, France

LLM Competition Law 2012-13

After my Master's degree in European Business Law at the University Paris-II, Panthéon-Assas, I decided to strengthen my knowledge in Competition Law with the Queen Mary's specialized LLM in Competition Law.

This program is really unique for several reasons: it offers a genuine "postgraduate" experience.

Firstly, classes are conducted by excellent professors that are not mere lecturers in the sense that they guide students and do not simply give a lecture. We are advised to deepen our understanding of the basic concepts with readings which is very important at our level. We are also encouraged to participate in class by talking about the cases read and by presenting case studies.

Secondly, we have the opportunity to participate in projects of our choice. The real difference is that as post-graduate students, we are not confined into projects simply proposed by the University but we have the possibility to prepare and build our own projects and to be supported afterwards by the University. This year, we decided to participate in the European Law Moot Court and the University brought its financial and moral support by organizing panels to train us for the Moot.

This was an amazing experience for us. We learned a lot at the written phase as well as at the oral phase about working in a group, supporting each other, doing research to plead for a party that we thought was completely wrong... We had such a wonderful time at the Regional finale. We met teams from everywhere and even though we were competing one against each other, there was a great ambiance. I recommend this experience to anyone.

Finally, the programme offers an amazing opportunity for the students to have their work published in Competition Law journals as well as being assistant editors for the Global Antitrust Review.


Takahiro Yamada, Japan

LLM in Competition Law, 2011-12

Creating and ensuring effective competition is essential in every market. After working in government for seven years,supervising several markets, I have become keenly aware of the necessity to have a deep understanding of competition law to further my career in government.

Queen Mary's competition law courses are excellent. Whilst I had already decided to study EU Competition Law before coming to Queen Mary, International and Comparative Competition Law, which takes a unique approach to competition law from the international perspective, and UK Competition Law strongly attracted my interest from the very first classes and assured me that I had made the correct decision. In addition to comprehensively covering a broad area of the law, including current issues, the interactive classes allow students not only to confirm their understanding but also to develop their analysis of the law (thought is sometimes very demanding!). Furthermore, the lecturers offer great help in tackling dissertations from the initial stage of considering a thesis.

Studying in London with friends from various backgrounds adds cultural depth to student life. Every week after classes, we head to a restaurant offering food from each of our home countries, in turn, and then move on to a pub.


Zoran Sretic, Serbia

LLM in Competition Law, Chevening Scholar 2013-14

I am senior legal advisor in the Serbian European Integration Office, the government’s expert service in charge for coordinating Serbian accession to the EU. One of my main responsibilities is providing legal analyses of government’s legislative policies and measures in relation to the EU Internal Market regime, and smooth implementation of trade and competition provisions of Stabilization and Association Agreement concluded between Serbia and EU. Therefore, my job is interdisciplinary and requires knowledge of different aspects of law and understanding of rules coming from different jurisdictions. Nexus between intellectual property law and competition policy is one of my professional and academic areas of interest.

There lies the key answer to the question why as Chevening Scholar my first choice was to study at Queen Mary. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC) within the School of Law is supported by a unique network of distinguished competition law academics, legal practitioners and PhD and LLM candidates from all over the world as well as the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) which has an international reputation in Intellectual Property Law. It is an institutional hive of multidisciplinary legal scientific excellence that surpasses the boundaries in appraisal of different legal disciplines and jurisdictions, which supports both my professional aspirations as a lawyer and with my understanding of law as a borderless science.

The LLM in Competition Law programme provides the dialogue of major jurisdictions, theories and practices in the area of antitrust law and policy, as well as interplay of competition policy with major international trade and intellectual property law issues. At the same time the programme provides good opportunities for the LLM candidates to connect with international community of competition law lawyers and to express themselves as legal writers through the ICC’s Global Antitrust Review or Institute of Competition Law (Institute de Droit de la Concurrence). And all that, while studying law in the heart of the legal London.


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