The Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law is one of only a few courses in the world, that covers both competition and consumer policy, law, enforcement and institutions, and from multidisciplinary perspectives.
If you are looking to advance your expertise in this growing global field, whether as a private practitioner, corporate advisor, compliance professional, public policy-maker, regulator or enforcement agency official, or member of a non-governmental organisation, then this course is for you.
When you study with the Melbourne Law School, you will gain a qualification from the leading law school in Australia and Asia and the 8th best law school in the world*. You’ll learn from globally recognised academics and experts from across the world who have held or hold leadership roles in private practice, competition and consumer authorities, intergovernmental organisations, and adjudicatory bodies, amongst others, in the competition and consumer law field.
At Australia's #1 University, your online learning experience will be enriched by interaction with a panel of international experts, and regular real-time sessions where you hold discussions and share ideas and experiences with your academic instructors and fellow students.
If you already have a law degree, you can still study in the field through the Melbourne Law School with the LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) or the Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law).
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Who the course is for
This course is for students who do not already have a degree in law but who do have an economic, regulatory, compliance, public policy or other relevant background, and who are already working in or seeking to access the expanding and challenging career opportunities on offer in the global field of competition and consumer policy, law and enforcement.
You may be from organisations such as:
- Law firms, particularly those with international offices
- Large companies (in-house lawyers, as well as regulatory and compliance managers)
- Government departments (primary finance trade and economic development)
- Competition authorities/enforcement agencies
- Economic consultancies
- Courts and tribunals
- International or non-governmental organisations participating in the competition and/or consumer law field.
This course will provide you with a qualification that will broaden and enhance your career pathway and promotion opportunities in private and public practice in this field anywhere in the world.
We’ve designed this course to produce leaders in the global competition and consumer law field and graduates will benefit from having access to a valuable worldwide network of accomplished professionals.
What you will learn
You will develop a solid understanding of and an ability to apply key economic frameworks and techniques relevant to the policy, law and enforcement in this field.
You will also gain valuable insights into the political economy of competition policy and its intersection with international trade, as well as other aspects of how competition law works in a globalised world.
You will examine the challenges and dynamics influencing institutions that administer and enforce competition and consumer laws – principally competition and consumer authorities, but also central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts.
To gain a Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law you must complete 100 points comprised of:
- Five core subjects
- One elective subject, and
- Two capstone subjects.
To be considered for entry to the Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law, you must have completed:
- A degree in a relevant discipline and;
- One year of documented relevant professional experience.
A degree in a relevant discipline would include but not necessarily be limited to a degree in law, economics, commerce or business.
Relevant professional experience will be considered to include work in the field of competition and/or consumer policy, law or economics in legal practice, in the private or public sectors, in a government body such as a department responsible for economic policy, a competition or consumer enforcement authority or related regulatory or enforcement agency or non-governmental organisation.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Cohort pricing for organisations
Special pricing is available for organisations that enrol multiple members of their organisation in the course. The following special cohort pricing is currently available:
An organisation that enrols two or more students in the Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law will benefit from 50 percent off the indicative total course fee for every second enrolment.
Financial assistance and scholarships
The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. There are many subsidies and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
To facilitate access to this premium course, ten scholarships per intake will be available each year for the LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) and Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law. These scholarships will be awarded to students from emerging and developing economies. Countries qualifying as emerging or developing economies are determined according to the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. These countries are listed here. Being awarded one of these scholarships means that the scholarship holder, or his or her sponsoring employer, will only have to pay 50 percent off the total course fee.
A specific application is not required for a scholarship. All successful applicants will be reviewed for scholarship eligibility. Eligibility is determined based on proof of citizenship of one of the countries that are classified as qualifying as emerging or developing economies determined according to the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. Applicants will also have to provide evidence that they have lived in their country of citizenship or another emerging or developing the country for at least 12 months in the last 2 year period.
The ten scholarships available per intake will be awarded in order of application date. If an eligible applicant does not receive a scholarship for his/her chosen intake (because the ten scholarships have been awarded), the applicant is able to apply for a scholarship in the next intake. Scholarships will be awarded for each intake based on the dates of applications made for that intake.
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Last updated January 19, 2018