M.Sc. Economic Regulation&Competition

City University London

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Application deadline: We have no specific application deadline, and an early application is recommended
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,700 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

Career Prospects
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)


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 Structure
Core 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
* Dissertation

Core elective modules:

* Quantitative methods
* Econometrics


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.

English Requirements

* IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test
* TOEFL (internet-based): 100 - 105

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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