Economic Regulation & Competition MSc
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The Economic Regulation & Competition MSc provides specialised postgraduate training in the concepts and skills involved in competition policy and the regulatory process. The MSc provides an in-depth understanding of the legal and quantitative aspects of regulation and competition, and is relevant for practitioners from all sectors including telecoms, energy, utilities, rail, aviation, health and broadcasting.
What can the Economic Regulation & Competition MSc do for your career?
Professionals prepared to address competition and market regulation issues are in high demand both in the public and private sectors (competition authorities and regulatory agencies, consultancies, regulated and non-regulated companies and government departments). The Economic Regulation & Competition MSc provides the level of specialised in-depth training needed by employers, beyond the general knowledge provided in an economics degree or acquired via "learning by doing".
Unlike other courses, we cover all aspects of competition policy and the regulatory process across sectors. The course therefore provides a good platform from which to develop your career, acquire new responsibilities through promotion, or change sector.
Our central London location attracts academics and speakers who include senior practitioners and specialists with many years of ground experience, providing expert tuition informed by hands-on experience and unique networking opportunities.
Regulation and competition free seminar series
We are currently running a series of free seminars featuring senior practitioners from telecoms, energy, utilities, rail, aviation, health and broadcasting. To book a place, follow the links on the right of this page.
The main entry route to this degree is a first class or upper second class honours degree in any discipline supplemented by relevant work experience.
Many of our students already have professional experience before starting. If you have professional experience, the course can give you a good opportunity to enhance your career development, change jobs or acquire new responsibilities and be promoted.
Candidates without appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered if they have a first or a strong 2.1 degree (typically 65% or above) in a relevant discipline (this typically means either economics, law or business).
In the absence of work experience an interview may be required to establish that you have a clear understanding of the educational aims and objectives of the programme and the fact that this MSc has a very specific professional focus. An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will also be considered.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Economics pre-sessional coursesYou will benefit from having a working knowledge of microeconomic principles, mathematics and statistics. In order to help you if you have a shortfall in these areas, we run pre-sessional courses prior to the start of the academic year that will provide the necessary background.
These courses are primarily aimed at those who have not studied economics for a few years and may need some revision of maths, statistics and/or microeconomics. The three courses are designed to ensure that you have a minimum acceptable level of knowledge in each area prior to commencing the course, so that once the full MSc course starts, all students share a common core of basic knowledge.
Kaplan International College (KIC) LondonAdditionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.
- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test
- TOEFL (internet-based): 100 - 105
INTO English language programmes
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:
If you are a citizen of, or undertook your Bachelors degree in, one of the following countries, you are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- The United States of America
The above is a list of UKBA designated majority English-speaking countries. For more information see http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/can-you-apply/english-language/#
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
Teaching takes place in the evenings. Full-time students take all taught modules between October and April in one academic year and complete a research dissertation by the end of September. The part-time course is highly flexible, meaning that you are able to combine study with employment. One or two modules per term are taken for two years followed by a research dissertation in the second part of the second year.
The course is available full-time and part-time, and all teaching takes place in the evenings, making it ideal if you want to work while you study.
Course StructureCore modules:
- Economics of competition
- Economics of regulation
- Applied competition policy
- Sectoral competition and regulation: energy, telecoms, finance and health
- Quantitative techniques for competition and regulation
- Competition law
Core elective modules:
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and AssessmentTeaching
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations, analysis of case studies and interactive computer-based exercises particularly in relation to the quantitative elements of the course.
We assess you through coursework, written examinations and a project.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time EU: £5,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £13,000 (2013 entry)
BursariesBursaries of up to £3,000 full time and £1,500 part time may be available to students from non-OECD countries.
Every year the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation offers one or two studentships, worth roughly £10,000 each, to students who have been accepted to do a Masters degree in Economics or Finance at a top UK university. The Foundation tends to favour applicants who have an interest in going into journalism, though this should not preclude others from applying. For further information, please see the Marjorie Deane website at http://www.marjoriedeane.com/
92 percent of City's 2009 economics graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation.
To give you an idea of the rapid employability of the students on this course, of the total cohort of students entering in 2009-10, only four were not already in employment as they came straight from their first degree.
Three of them were snapped up by employers during the summer term before they had even finished their MSc dissertations: one student is working as a regulatory analyst for the regulatory and legal team at Centrica, one joined Postcomm, the postal regulator, as Associate in the Economic Policy Directorate, and the other joined the Civil Aviation Authority (the airports regulator) as Competition Policy Adviser.
The fourth student has just started her PhD in Economics at City University London.
The course provides a good opportunity to enhance your career development, change jobs or acquire new responsibilities and be promoted.
Current and past students have come from all continents and many kinds of institutional bodies. Recent graduates who join the MSc degree also gain employment in a similar range of organisations.
Employers from the UK include:
- Regulators, competition authorities and consumer associations (OFT, CC, FSA, OFGEM, OFWAT, DTI, OFCOM, ORR, NCC, Which)
- Regulated companies (BBC, CBI, Centrica, Cable and Wireless, BT, One2One, MCI World and several regional water companies)
- Financial institutions (UBS, Lehman Brothers and Dresdner Bank)
- Consultancy companies (LECG, CEPA, DotEcon, RBB, JW/BSMGWorldwide, Halcrow and NERA)
- Law firms (Hogarth Chambers, Allen & Overy)
Overseas students have come from bodies such as:
- Japan Ministry of Telecommunications
- Pakistan Telecommunications Authority
- Turkish Competition Authority
- Kenya Ministry of Finance & Planning
- Ministry of Industry, Energy & Mining in Uruguay
- South Africa Competition Commission
- Mexico Federal Telecoms Commission
- Korea Telecom
- Gambia Divestiture Agency
- Defensoria de los Habitantes, Costa Rica
Find out more about City University London
There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.
MSc Economic Regulations and Competition
To apply you will need to submit:
- An application form (either electronically or by post)
- Two academic references
- A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
- Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject).
Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned or email copies of their supporting documents for convenience.
- Apply online Economic Regulation & Competition, part-time
- Apply online Economic Regulation & Competition, full-time
The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following links: