International Competition Law & Policy LLM

International Competition Law & Policy

The programme provides you with a unique opportunity to specialise in an increasingly important area of law. The laws of the EU and the US lie at the heart of this programme, but reference is made to the laws of many other jurisdictions.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • Competition laws have been adopted by many countries, including the US, European Union and its member states, and recently China.
  • The law impacts significantly on the ways in which companies, both large multinational corporations, and small and medium-sized enterprises, conduct themselves in the competitive environment.
  • The programme’s teaching team has considerable experience in the field. The programme leader, Professor Mark Furse, is an international expert on competition law in China and the Far East and Professor Rosa Greaves has very extensive experience in EU competition law.
  • We offer excellent facilities including our dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.

Programme structure

You will study three or four courses from the following list (one choice can come from other subject areas), and are required to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.


  • Advanced Competition Law
  • Competition Law: Substance and Enforcement
  • Intellectual property law and the market
  • International merger control.

Note: Some courses might not be available every year.

Background and aims

‌Competition laws have been adopted by many countries, including the US, EU and its members, and recently China. The law impacts significantly on the ways in which companies, both large multinational corporations, and small and medium-sized enterprises, conduct themselves in the competitive environment. The laws of the EU and the US lie at the heart of this programme, but reference is made to, and examples are drawn from, the laws of many other jurisdictions. This programme provides a thorough academic background for work in the private sector, or with enforcement agencies around the world.

As part of the Taught Masters Programme, there is a compulsory one-week induction programme, tailored specifically for the LLM. This offers students information and guidance on learning methods, research skills, and on non-academic aspects of life and study in Glasgow.

What our students say

Judith Krainz, Germany (2011-12)

Judith KrainzWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?

I chose to study in Glasgow for several reasons. First of all it was the excellent academic reputation of the University of Glasgow and the prospect of studying International Competition Law and Policy, which attracted me. Being responsible for self study, not being bound too strictly to a timetable was also very important to me. When I visited the city for the first time I did not feel a tourist and immediately got to know people. I had the feeling that the friendliness and the hospitality of the people came from the heart. Though it sometimes is difficult or almost impossible to understand the Scottish accent, people seem to make up for it with their friendly straightforward manner that makes you feel welcome.

Why did you choose your programme of study?
Already during my Bachelor studies I was interested in this subject and the comparative approach chosen for the Programme seemed interesting. During the first two weeks of studies I had the chance to participate in the different classes I was interested in. In the end deciding was not too difficult for me; I simply had to do all of the Competition Courses.


What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
The staff and lecturers at the School of Law have been very supportive and really practised an open door policy. Everyone was eager to help and there was always room for discussions. Quite different to what I knew from Germany, the classes were small and allowed interactive learning and the lecture to be more like a dialogue.

What did you like the most?
Studying at the University of Glasgow was a great experience I would not like to miss. During studies there was a good class atmosphere and I also got to know many other LLM students from a variety of international backgrounds who studied different topics. I made good friends with so many students from all over the world. I felt welcome right from the beginning and soon found a second home in the city.

What support/facilities did you find most useful?
The University is surrounded by everything one can find useful during studies. The library almost always had a spot to study and write and there are plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants and even a park within walking distance. Besides the gym, which offers a wide range of sports and exercise classes there are plenty of societies and student organisations one can join. For those who have never experienced these types of exams, the University provides help for study, essay writing and exam preparation techniques, which helped to ease the anxiety before exams.

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
Glasgow is really a great city to live in! It is vibrant and lively and offers a great range of nice bars, restaurants and a great night life as well as a lot of cultural events such as the World Pipe Band Championship to name only one. After ruining at least three umbrellas I came to accept the weather, for the Scottish probably know as many words for rain as the Eskimos do for types of snow. The positive aspect: you quickly learn to appreciate every minute of sunshine.

How do you feel your programme helped you with your career plans?
It definitely helped me in several ways. First of all the academic qualification, but also the time I spent abroad, living and studying in a different environment. Even though one might end up in a different subject area for work, I still think it is worth it studying what you are interested in. It is not all about the precise academic knowledge, but personal development and the ability to infer and draw conclusions from what you have learned.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
Go and have a look for yourself! For me it was an unforgettable time. Get in touch with staff, academics and students. I bet they are all happy to answer your questions and give advice. In case you are not sure about your choice of courses you will still have the opportunity to choose and switch your courses in the first week.

Natalie, Germany (2014-15)

'Choosing the University of Glasgow to do an LLM proved to be a great decision for me. The university with its long tradition and history is impressive and inspiring. Just in case no one mentioned it before, the beautiful main building really reminds you of Harry Potter :-) Staff within the School of Law are always kind and helpful and made me feel welcome from the very beginning and the huge library provides a great environment for studying. Glasgow as a city is vibrant and lively and people are incredibly friendly and helpful. For those who love outdoor activities such as hiking, like me, it is also fantastic to be close to the Scottish Highlands. All in all I can highly recommend doing an LLM at the University of Glasgow.'

Alexander Horn, Norway (2014-15)

'Last fall I travelled from my hometown Bergen to study law at the University of Glasgow. The thought of establishing myself in a new city made me a bit nervous, but Glasgow welcomed me with open arms. It is a city with tons of opportunities, and in my view it lacks nothing. If you like music and concerts there is something for everyone, if you like sports numerous football and rugby teams are based in Glasgow, and if you just want to hang out with friends and have fun, I doubt that this will ever be a problem. I have made a lot of new friends from all around the world on my LLM programme and this has let me learn a lot about other cultures, and the way of living in other places in the world. Glasgow is also close to the beautiful highlands, so should you get tired of the urban environment, one of the most stunning landscapes you will ever see is just a short ride away. In between the fun, I also have to study, and I am more than pleased with my LLM programme International Competition Law and Policy. The academic staff have been great, and the learning curve has been very steep, taking into account that both the field of law and using English as my written language were new to me. I can highly and warmly recommend the University of Glasgow.

P.S: Even the weather has been good!'

Mohd Safri Bin Mohammed Na Aim, Malaysia (2014-15)

'First and foremost, the University of Glasgow’s buildings are very beautiful and stunning. The distance from the library and my classes is very near. After finishing my classes, I can simply walk to the library. The library and its facilities really amazed me. There are lots of computers, plenty of competition law books and I can also access some articles and books online. This has helped me tremendously to do my research. The courses offered are very comprehensive covering the EU, the UK, the US and China. The professors here are very knowledgeable in their areas and they have successfully demonstrated this in their teaching. Importantly, they are very friendly and approachable. Moreover, the teaching method here is quite different from my country, here I am trained more to use critical thinking and to do more research in order to understand certain topics. This helps me to be more proactive and familiar with relevant authoritative books and material in these areas. Furthermore, studying here provides me with an opportunity to study in a pleasant multicultural environment and I have very good friends from different parts of the world.

In Glasgow, I live in Anniesland. In general, people in Glasgow are very kind and friendly. Hence, I feel like I am fully appreciated and welcomed to this lovely country. This is the first time I have experienced the winter season. It is very cold but my family and I really enjoyed it. Fortunately for us we had the opportunity to see snow a couple of times.

To sum up, studying and living in Glasgow is a dream come true for me. I have had a very pleasant experience throughout my time here.'

Laura Sanchez Rodriguez, Dominican Republic (2014-15)

'When I decided I would pursue my LLM studies in Glasgow, everybody told me more or less the same thing: it rains all the time, it is cold and gray. They were right: weather in Scotland is as crazy as it gets. And good luck understanding the Scottish accent.

However, after living here for half a year already the weather and the accent are the highlights of this experience. "People make Glasgow" is the city's slogan for a good reason: Glaswegians are warm-hearted, open minded people that will make any international student feel at home. By now, they seem to me as Latin American as my next door neighbour back home.

Food is a-ma-zing: do not ask for descriptions, just try everything from the full Scottish breakfast, the haggis all the way to the best tea cakes I have had in my life! There are parks everywhere, architecture is beautiful, and there is magic in the simple pleasure of sharing a pint after class in any pub around town.

Also, it has been an incredible experience to study in Hogwarts, surrounded by so much history, amazing professors, and classmates from all around the world. The University of Glasgow becomes a second home.

I could go on forever but, as an island girl, I would tell all newcomers to pack those raincoats (umbrellas will not survive), and enjoy the best that Glasgow has to offer: its parks, food, landscapes, beers, and more importantly: its people!'

Laurence Vanhyfte, Belgium (2014-15)

'The University of Glasgow offers a solid academic curriculum and provides a welcomed flexibility and diversity in courses. The availability to participate in several moot court competitions is an added advantage and forms an ideal opportunity to develop oneself on a more practical level. The approachable professors and academic staff are excellent and prove to be a perfect guidance to specialise in a specific area of law. In addition, the outstanding library offers a wide range of academic resources to satisfy your research needs. Glasgow itself is a vibrant and colourful city that combines a thriving student life with a beautiful natural history. Furthermore, the global allure of Glasgow forms an ideal setting to experience an international atmosphere and interact with students with different backgrounds. The LLM programme has been a highlight in my academic career, and I can only recommend other students to study at the University of Glasgow.'

older testimonials

Marcus Kalmeborg, Sweden (2013-14) 

'Living in Glasgow has been a great experience. The university's location in the West End is fantastic - close to every amenity a student could need. The university's resources are brilliant and the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. I wholeheartedly recommend any prospective student to seriously consider attending the University of Glasgow's School of Law.'

Lukasz Maminski, Poland (2013-14)

'Glasgow is a great city to study in, there are plenty of pubs and clubs here where you can have fun and drink a beer or two. The Scottish people are really friendly and willing to help with every issue. The University of Glasgow looks like 'Hogwarts' from Harry Potter and you can feel its magic when you are inside. Personally, I like the university Sport Centre the most with the swimming pool and 5 floors of gym. There is also a great number of sport clubs and associations where you can practice almost every kind of sport. The only thing that may disrupt your stay is constant rain, but a good raincoat should protect you from any inconvenience.'

Ana Osoro Barro, Spain (2013/2014)

'Thinking of having an LLM, I knew from the very beginning that the University of Glasgow would be the best option for me. It makes it easy to design your own programme according to your interests, allowing you to choose your own path (for example, in my case, the relationship between Intellectual Property and Competition Law), and offers you access to a high-level education with international and eminent professors. It is a unique environment to get in touch with people from all over the world sharing the same academic enthusiasm and engagement. Living in Glasgow gives you the opportunity to discover a city full of life and kind people and to study in a campus which is really impressive and truly looks like Hogwarts!'

Signe Sildever, Estonia (2013-14)

'Glasgow is the perfect city for an international student, both in terms of language and the culture. You can always participate in many activities as the language will not be an issue and the locals are very open and friendly towards foreigners. In addition to the social life, the studying experience is wonderful. The level of the seminars is high and active participation ensures a vibrant discussion. I would definitely recommend the University of Glasgow for postgraduate studies.'

Krzysztof Michalak, Poland (2012/2013)

'I came to Glasgow in 2007 for my undergraduate legal degree and after 4 rapid and enjoyable years I've decided that this is the place I want to stay for quite some time. Now in 2013 I'm doing my LLM, working and enjoying every second of my time in Scotland. Why? Great atmosphere of the place, prestigious world top university and law faculty, all that combined with the amazing opportunities offered by countless private and public organisations (internships, traineeships, external courses) provide success platform for the years to come. Weather? Well, that's Scotland's greatest asset - liquid sunshine.'

Chantal Schofield, UK (2012-13)

'There is something about studying at the University of Glasgow which produces a wonderful feeling. It may be the view of the university from your classroom (a stunning piece of architecture situated amidst a city which is as dynamic as its inhabitants) or it may be the network of dedicated, professional and esteemed academics and support staff surrounding you. It may even be the mutually beneficial relationships which are engendered between you and the other students from a variety of international backgrounds. What I can be sure of is that the University of Glasgow provided me with a vibrant learning experience and an unbeatable atmosphere, whatever the reason behind it.'

Michaela Schwuchow, Germany (2012-13)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow has been an amazing experience I would not want to miss. The administrative staff of the university as well as my lecturers have been very supportive and helpful from the start of the application process until the very end of the programme which made me feel very welcome right from the beginning. I particularly liked my programme’s comparative approach and the small size of classes which ensured a very interactive learning atmosphere. Apart from the opportunity of studying at such an impressive place as the University of Glasgow, there was also a great opportunity to get to know people from across the world. Glasgow itself is a great place to be as it is a really lively city which offers a great nightlife as well as a lot of cultural events throughout the year.'

Lore Werbrouck, Belgium (2012-13)

'My time in Glasgow has truly been unforgettable. Glasgow is such a lively city and has more concert halls, restaurants, bars and shops than you could ever visit in one year. It is a great city to live in! The university is a beautiful historic building and has any facility you could want within 5 minutes walk: a huge library, gym, cafés... It's a small city on its own and an optimal environment for studies.'

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

Entry requirements for International Competition Law & Policy are a good first degree in law (2:1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2:1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22, Speaking not less than 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 64; minimum 62 in writing
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£16500

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

The programme provides a thorough academic background in the. Competition law has been subject to a dramatic growth in recent years, and the need for properly qualified people has risen correspondingly. This is particularly the case in East Asia, but the trend is part of a wider one. Our graduates work in leading international law firms or prestigious domestic firms in a wide range of countries. Others are placed with regulators and competition agencies around the world, or work directly for industry and commerce.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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