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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 have a deep interest in the field and are looking to establish or advance your expertise and credentials in the growing global field of competition and consumer law – 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.
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).
* Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (2018).
We’ve designed this course to produce leaders in the global competition and consumer law field.
The master course will challenge and stimulate you with its rigorous approach to learning. You will develop advanced expertise and practical skills in the complex interdisciplinary body of knowledge relevant to the field. 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 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.
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.
Students who are midway in their studies now have the option to undertake certain subjects on-campus, combining the benefits of both online and face-to-face study modes.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Professor Caron Beaton-Wells, Program Co-Director, Global Competition and Consumer Law, Melbourne Law School
- Associate Professor Julie Clarke, Program Co-Director Global Competition and Consumer Law, 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 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
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 Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law you must complete 100 points comprised of:
- Seven elective subjects, and
- One capstone subject.
Choose seven of the below electives. At least one of these subjects must be a research paper (7,000 words or more), these are marked with an *.
Please note that Foundations - Competition Law and Economics is a prerequisite for other online subjects in the course.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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Australian Consumer Law*
Australia has a detailed and comprehensive consumer protection regime dealing with the supply of goods and services, including financial products, to consumers. This subject provides students with a detailed knowledge of key features of the Australian Consumer Law and of the common law principles and policy imperatives that underpin it. The lecturers include one of the Law School’s private lawyers with specialist expertise in consumer law, and a leading practitioner in this field of law.
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This subject examines the challenges and dynamics influencing the institutions that administer and enforce competition and consumer laws. It also explores the role of international institutions in promoting or enforcing competition law and policy and their various structures and modes of influence. Although the subject’s focus is on competition and consumer authorities, the nature and role of central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts are also examined. Students will be challenged to engage with a range of institutional issues including agency models, mandate, governance structures, investigative tools and processes, enforcement, compliance and advocacy and evaluation of effectiveness.
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|Competition and New Technologies (on campus)||12.5|
Competition and New Technologies
The high-tech sector represents an increasingly important part of the world economy and is challenging the boundaries of orthodox competition law rules and approaches. Many of the most significant cases adjudicated by competition authorities around the world involve high-tech corporations (Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, etc.). The high-tech industry is highly dynamic and raises particularly complex issues that need to be addressed by competition lawyers. This subject will grapple with these issues at a sophisticated level so that students understand the complex legal and economic challenges raised by the new economy.
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|Competition Law in the Healthcare Industry (on campus)||12.5|
Competition Law in the Healthcare Industry
Governments strive to constrain runaway health care costs through competitive markets. This can be lucrative for private players and competition authorities are increasingly called upon to investigate commercial practices in the health care industry. The competition analysis must still take account of significant government and philanthropic service providers. Further, health care markets are susceptible to market failure due to information asymmetries, adverse selection, moral hazard and principal-agent problems.
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|International and Comparative Competition Law (on campus)||12.5|
International and Comparative Competition Law
This subject will provide students with international and comparative insights into a field of growing significance to practitioners in Australia and the region. While the subject will focus on the federal antitrust law of the United States (‘US’) and the competition law of the European Union (‘EU’), we will examine also the extent to which these two regimes provide models for other regimes, with particular attention paid to the Anti-Monopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China ‘(PRC’). The subject will explore how competition laws are justified, and the extent to which different regimes converge and diverge, and the reasons for this.
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Research Project B
Carry out in-depth research and produce a substantial research paper on a topic of your choice, supervised by the subject coordinator. Master sophisticated research and analytical techniques in formulating research questions and developing an argument in answer to those questions, draw on extensive theoretical and comparative material to enrich your analysis and conclusions and explore at an advanced level the legal and practical implications of your findings. Present and be tested by experts on your research methods, analysis and conclusions, either in person at a workshop or online.
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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.
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.
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
Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law
100 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 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.
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) 2019 who make their application by 14 December 2018 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) 2019 who make their application by 3 June 2019 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 Master of 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.
To facilitate access to this premium course, ten scholarships per intake in 2019 will be available 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 per cent 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 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.
Early application pricing is not available to students who receive scholarships. Scholarship holders are not able to defer the commencement of the course.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
Term Applications close Term dates Term 1, 2019 14 Jan 28 Jan - 31 Mar Term 3, 2019 1 Jul 15 Jul - 15 Sep
View Key Dates for further important dates and deadlines.
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.
Admissions for this course are not capped per intake, so you do not need to apply for multiple intakes. If you are unsure which intake you wish to apply for, please note that you can change your application later by contacting the student support team.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code MC-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. Transcripts for previous studies undertaken at the University of Melbourne are not required. An academic transcript is an official record of your studies that lists all subjects you have undertaken, and all of the results that you obtained.
- 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.