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Competition Law and the Digital Economy LLM

Gain a robust and up-to-date understanding of the workings of competition in digital markets and its regulation.

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  • September 2024
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Competition Law and the Digital Economy LLM is an innovative pathway on the Master of Laws (LLM). The course will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of competition law with a focus on the digital economy. You’ll also learn about the new regulatory framework of emerging digital competition law and policy.

As digital markets rapidly expand, they are shaped by several major players. Some of these Big Tech firms have become the most influential organisations in the world. They have also been able to influence online behaviour. Until recently, regulators haven’t always been equipped to meet this rapidly growing area.

This programme will enable you to gain substantial knowledge about the latest developments in the regulation of competition in digital markets.

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What you'll learn

You’ll gain an understanding of the economic rationale of the pioneering reforms in competition in the digital economy. The course will be facilitated by world-leading experts who are participating in the design of these new rules.

You’ll have the opportunity to scrutinise leading competition law cases. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of new regulatory tools such as:

  • EU Digital Markets Act
  • EU Digital Services Act
  • UK Digital Markets Unit
  • New Pro-Competition Regime for Digital Markets
  • Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

You’ll have a range of optional modules to choose from and will study compulsory modules in:

  • Competition Law and the Digital Economy
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Law, Digital Markets and Competition


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

You’ll develop specialised skills in traditional areas of competition law as well as new complex pro-competition mechanisms for shaping digital markets.

You’ll learn how the new wave of digital competition policy fundamentally differs from the existing mechanisms. You’ll also learn to use these new skills and competencies to develop digital markets effectively.

You’ll gain key skills that will help you in careers outside of law, such as:

  • making persuasive arguments (verbally and written)
  • organisation and time-management

Your future

What can you do with a Competition Law and Digital Economy degree?

The programme has been designed for people seeking a career in public enforcement of competition law and sector-specific regulation. The skills you gain are in demand by authorities responsible for regulating digital markets, such as:

  • European Commission DG Comp
  • European Commission DG Connect
  • European Commission Digital Markets Task Force
  • UK Competition and Markets Authority
  • UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
  • UK Office of Communications OFCOM

The programme will also prepare you for a private sector career as an in-house lawyer or compliance officer in a large digital organisation.

Further study

You will receive excellent research training throughout the Competition Law and the Digital Economy programme. This will allow you to develop a methodologically rigorous PhD proposal if you wish to continue to doctoral study.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Course-specific facilities

The Law School has an extensive library situated within the School. You will also have access to an extensive range of online sources via Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.

We can offer you:

  • dedicated study spaces for Law Master's students
  • a student common room

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

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Gemma Hayton
Admissions Secretary
Newcastle Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8736


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