- Meet our students
Read why students choose Global Competition and Consumer Law and how they're applying their learning.FIND OUT MORE
- Sign up to the course updates and download the course guide
We will keep you updated on key dates, application deadlines and online information sessions.SIGN UP NOW
enter your details
|Full-time duration||Part-time duration||Core subjects||Elective Subjects||Capstone subjects||Next term starts||Applications close||Total course fee*|
|N/A||1 year||1||3||2||23 July 2018||2 July 2018||A$20,512|
*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
The Graduate Diploma (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 have a deep interest in the field and are looking to develop or advance your expertise, credentials and career in the growing and challenging area of global competition and consumer policy, law and enforcement – whether as a private practitioner, corporate advisor, compliance professional, public policy-maker, regulator or enforcement agency official, or member of a non-governmental organisation - this course is for you.
When you study with Melbourne Law School, you will gain a qualification from the number one law school in the Asia Pacific region*. 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.
This course is also a pathway into further study with the Melbourne Law School. After completing the qualification, you can choose to transfer directly into:
- LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) (if you already have a degree in the field of law), or the
- Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law (if you don’t already have a degree in the field of law).
* Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (2017).
We’ve designed this course for students seeking a specialist postgraduate qualification in the global competition and consumer law field.
The graduate diploma will challenge and stimulate you with its rigorous approach to learning. You will develop specialist expertise and practical skills in a legal-economic area of great economic and societal significance. This course is international and will allow you to graduate with a valuable worldwide network of accomplished professionals.
Who the course is for
This course is for students who have a law degree as well as those who don’t. 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.
What you will learn
Economic theories, principles and methods that underpin and influence competition and consumer policy and law
Economic theories, principles and methods that underpin and influence
competition and consumer policy and law
Central to this field is economics. 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.
Legal rules that govern competition and consumer protection in major jurisdictions around the world – particularly the United States, European Union, and parts of the Asia-Pacific region
Legal rules that govern competition and consumer protection in
major jurisdictions around the world – particularly the United States, European Union,
and parts of the Asia-Pacific region
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.
Institutions that develop, administer and enforce competition and consumer policy and law
Institutions that develop, administer and enforce
competition and consumer policy and law
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.
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by the deep knowledge and vast experience of leading experts from across the world. Each of the subjects in the course has a senior academic as coordinator who will be a key point of contact and support for students in the term in which the subject is taught. Additionally, the content of every subject has been developed by a panel of international experts, and during the term students will benefit from input by and interaction with various members of the panel, gaining a range of insights and perspectives in their studies. You can also expect regular real-time sessions where you hold discussions and share ideas and experiences with your academic instructors and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Professor Caron Beaton-Wells, Program Director, Global Competition and Consumer Law, University of Melbourne
- Associate Professor Julie Clarke, Melbourne Law School.
- Professor Allan Fels AO, former Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Professor Mark Furse, Professor of Competition Law and Policy
- Professor Damien Geradin, EUCLID Law
- Professor Geraint Howells, Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters),
City University of Hong Kong.
- Professor Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Competition Committee
- Professor William Kovacic, former Commissioner/Chairman, United States Federal Trade Commission
- Professor Luke Nottage, Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) University of Sydney
- Hassan Qaqaya, former Head, UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch
- Dr Rhonda Smith, former Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Professor Mark Williams, Director, Asian Competition Forum
Students will be supported in their studies on a weekly basis by experienced teaching fellows from the Melbourne Law School
- Arlen Duke, a specialist in competition law and consumer protection
- Dr Marianela López-Galdos, specialist in Competition and Regulatory Policy.
- Dr Wendy Ng, a specialist in competition policy and law in Asia and developing countries
- Jose Ziebarth, a specialist in international and comparative competition law.
Contact student support
You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Fees and payment options.
To gain a Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law) you must complete 50 points comprised of:
- One core subject, and
- Three elective subjects.
|Foundations - Competition Law & Economics||12.5|
Foundations - Competition Law & Economics
Understand the history and spread of competition law across the world over the last century and the range of objectives that have informed its development in different places and at different times. Be introduced to the major features that are either common to or vary between competition regimes and institutions globally. Ensure that you are well-versed in core economic vocabulary, concepts and frameworks and the ways in which they are translated into categories of legal prohibitions and enforcement approaches across all competition systems.
Detailed Information LAWS90065
Critically examine the main prohibitions that apply to cartel conduct, including approaches taken to and challenges arising in the definition and proof of collusion, the different standards of liability that apply to various categories of conduct, and the range of exemptions or defences that are available. Explore who should be held liable and what approaches are or should be taken to detecting, investigating, sanctioning and deterring cartels.
Detailed Information LAWS90064
Explore various approaches taken to dealing with anti-competitive unilateral conduct. Analyse what is meant by unilateral market power and the conditions that enable such power to be used to implement anti-competitive strategies, such as refusals to supply, intellectual property licensing, and predatory pricing, as well as vertical restraints such as bundling or tying. Examine how the competitive effects of such conduct are best assessed and proven.
Detailed Information LAWS90066
Develop an in-depth understanding of the legal rules and economic principles that underpin the review of mergers and acquisitions and the types of information and analyses used to assess the competitive effects of these transactions. Examine how ‘special’ cases, such as joint ventures, failing firms, strategic and minority stakes, and creeping acquisitions are dealt with. Learn about the procedures used by competition authorities and the strategies employed by merger parties in the review context.
Detailed Information LAWS90072
|Competition Law in a Globalised World||12.5|
Competition Law in a Globalised World
Consider the origins of modern thought about trade and competition that originated in the 18th century and developed as the organising mechanisms of both domestic and international commerce through the 19th and 20th centuries to the present day. Examine and analyse the evolution and spread of modern competition policy and law in key jurisdictions and regions and contextualise these development through the lens of global shifts in the political economy environment. Explore the relatively recent spread of competition law to developing and small economies. Investigate the impact of new technologies on competition law. And finally consider how the globalisation of competition law affects international legal practice in this field.
Detailed Information LAWS90069
|Asian Competition Policy & Law||12.5|
Asian Competition Policy & Law
This subject will provide valuable in-depth insights into the political economy surrounding competition policy, law and enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region. Concentrating on the experience of key Asian jurisdictions including Japan, China, Philippines, Singapore and India, students will learn about the major features of the law and institutions in this region, the extent to which the regimes in the region conform to prevailing global competition norms, and the challenges facing practitioners and enforcement agencies in the Asia-Pacific. Relevant examples will also be drawn from other Asian jurisdictions such as Indonesia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Highlights of the subject include:
Detailed Information LAWS90067
This subject will examine the policy objectives underpinning consumer protection laws, including the intersection between consumer and competition policies. Student will develop a clear understanding of the key areas of regulation, including various forms of misleading and deceptive conduct, unfair practices and contract terms regulation, consumer guarantees and warranties, and product liability and safety regulation. They will examine key enforcement tools and mechanisms for consumer redress, focussing particularly on the challenges posed by e-commerce, and explore the often complex institutional arrangements involving national and international bodies, as well as non-governmental organisations, in this field. This subject is international and comparative in its scope and draws on examples from a wide range of jurisdictions around the world, but with a particular focus on consumer policy, law and enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Highlights of the subject include:
Detailed Information LAWS90070
Immerse yourself in the challenges and dynamics influencing institutions that administer competition and consumer laws – principally competition authorities, but also central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts. Think about a range of institutional issues including agency models, governance structures, enforcement, compliance and advocacy tools, performance incentives and limitations and evaluation of effectiveness. Undertake an in-depth case-study on a competition or consumer-related body and critically analyse its experience in dealing with a major institutional challenge relating to its development, operation or the performance of its functions.
Detailed Information LAWS90071
To help you plan your studies please see the following link for information about which subjects are available each term over the next two years and outlines a recommended study sequence for the LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) and Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law courses.
This will vary depending on the individual student’s background in the area and capacity. However, on average students will need to allocate around 6-8 hours ‘study’ time (including reading, watching videos, completing exercises and interactives, discussion board participation, participating in webinars, etc) per week, in addition to time required to complete assessments. The total time commitment required for each subject over a term will be 150 hours.
Discuss your subjects
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to find out more about:
- Content and learning outcomes
- Assessment requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Possible recognition of prior learning
- Exit pathways.
To be considered for entry to the Graduate Diploma (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.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
In considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will also consider:
- The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
- The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
- The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
- The relevance of the applicant’s work experience to the course for which they have applied.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
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.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
Discuss your eligibility
Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law)
50 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from senior academics, teaching fellows and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
*The fees listed above are for a 50 point (four subject) course in 2018. For this course, a typical enrolment would be 50 points (ie one subject per term) which means that the total fee for the course will be A$19,712. The University reviews fees annually. However, any increase in fee will not exceed 5 per cent per annum.
Fees are payable upfront for each subject. Should you require any assistance, please contact our Student Support team.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Early application pricing
Successful applicants for the intake commencing in Term 1 (January) 2018 who make their application by 13 November 2017 will benefit from early application pricing, which is 30 per cent off the total course fee.
Successful applicants for the intake commencing in Term 3 (July) 2018 who make their application by 7 May 2018 will benefit from early application pricing, which is 30 per cent off the total course fee.
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 Graduate Diploma (Global Competition and Consumer Law) will benefit from 50 per cent off the indicative total course fee for every second enrolment.
Financial assistance and scholarships
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.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
View Key Dates for further important dates and deadlines.
|Term||Applications close||Term dates|
|Term 3, 2018||2 July||16 Jul - 16 Sep|
|Term 1, 2019||14 January||28 Jan - 30 Mar|
It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.
You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code GD-GCCLAW
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
Help with application preparation and submission
A dedicated online student support consultant can help you prepare and submit your application.
Contact one of our friendly consultants to talk through:
- The selection process
- Preparing your documentation
- Using the online application system.
Online graduate courses
- Business and Management
- Workplace Leadership
- Ageing in Society
- Information Systems - Executive
- Education courses
- Clinical Teaching
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
- Tertiary Education Management
- Information Technology
- Law courses
- Medicine and Health Sciences
- Ageing in Society
- Advanced Social Work
- Health and Human Services
- Nursing Practice
- International Psychiatry
- Rehabilitation Science
- Sports Medicine
- Sports Rehabilitation
- Public Administration
- Current students
- Administration and enrolment
- Online systems support
- Academic skills support
- Life, health and wellbeing support
- Key dates
- Professional Development Subjects