MSc Economics: Competition and Regulation

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

MSc Economics: Competition and Regulation

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

MSc Economics / Competition and Regulation


The Competition and Regulation track will train you in the analysis of market arrangements. It will provide you with the skills needed to analyse the behaviour of firms and to monitor the effects of competition laws and regulatory policies. There are two major features of competition policy:


1.to look for unlawful behaviour, such as the abuse of dominance, collusion, merger control and so on, and how this affects competition

2.to shape the market and influence its conditions, such as through the auction of licences. For example, telecoms firms compete for licences; competition policy makers decide how many to issue in order to retain competitiveness



What will you learn?

This track will give you the skills necessary to apply analytical methods to the strategic decision-making process, not only in the world of competition policy, but also in business management and regulation in general. You will gain access to constructive criticism from legal institutions during your courses.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:

•use your ‘toolkit’ to perform and improve competition policy analysis and judgements

•analyse competition policy in order to be able to 1) assess its effects and 2) propose improvements

Internships

Would you like to gain professional experience while still studying? The School considers doing an internship during your studies a highly valuable experience, and helps you gain this advantage by offering the possibility of an extracurricular internship.

This means that the internship is an addition to your master’s programme and therefore it cannot be used to replace any part of your programme. To qualify, the internship should last at least 8 weeks full-time (12 ECTS) but never more than 20 weeks full-time (30 ECTS). Furthermore, the internship may only take place after you have completed at least two courses in your master’s programme. Since it is an extracurricular part of the programme an administrative fee of € 250 will be charged.

To assist students in finding an internship that matches their interests, SBE maintains an extensive database with internship opportunities that are perfectly suited to the various fields of study offered at SBE. In addition, the SBE Internship Office is on hand for guidance and counseling.

Exchange

The opportunity to gain experience abroad gives you a great advantage in today’s job market, and will broaden not only your career but also your personal horizon. A master’s exchange is in addition to your regular study programme, which means that you take an extra semester at one of the School’s top partner institutions. A master's exchange will only be possible on condition that you have a 100% study progress; students who will be doing their exchange in a third, extended, semester will take priority over students who will run into more study delay.

The administration fee for going abroad in your SBE master’s programme is €500. This fee will be charged as soon as you have confirmed your allocated study place abroad.

For a master’s exchange semester within the Erasmus programme, that is to say within the EU, grants are available but will be assigned according to priority. Master’s students going abroad outside of the European Union (EU) will not be eligible for any grants.

Double-degree programme

Are you an ambitious bachelor’s student with a strong academic record? And are you interested in obtaining a master’s degree from not one but two top universities? Maastricht University offers you the opportunity to increase your career prospects by participating in our double-degree programme.

Université catholique de Louvain is an excellent institution in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. You will spend your first year studying at Maastricht University and your second at the Université catholique de Louvain. A double-degree programme with this institution takes two years and is accessible to bachelor’s graduates from both the school and other universities.

Career prospects

Both individual companies and public institutions have given great feedback about Maastricht University graduates in International Competition Policy. Graduates in this field are clearly highly employable. The School also maintains links with alumni to find out where they are now employed and how the application and interview processes are evolving. This means that the track can be structured in order to give you the best career prospects, as well as valuable information that will allow you to make the most of these prospects.



Graduates have found positions in:

  • competition policy authorities, especially in the Netherlands and Germany
  • consulting agencies focusing specifically on competition policy
  • strategic, in-house consulting that makes use of industrial economics
  • universities, to do a PhD

Admissions

For general bachelor’s graduates

If you are not a SBE continuing master’s student, you should complete a registration request for the selective master's programme via Studielink.ou will then receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for MyUM. In the My UM portal you should complete the application form and upload all documents relating to the admission requirements (see admission requirements table below). If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Requirements

  • Registration request: a registration request for the master's programme in Studielink.
  • Application form: a completed application form in My UM
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, together with a certified transcript of exam subjects and grades
  • Grade Point Average: we encourage you to provide your GPA using the 0-10 Dutch grading system. If your transcript uses a different grading system, you may use this Nuffic document to convert the GPA into the 0-10 scale.
  • Motivation letter: a letter describing your motivation for applying to the MSc International Economic Studies programme at SBE
  • CV (optional): a curriculum vitae (CV) in English
  • GMAT / GRE: an official GMAT or GRE score (valid for two years). An official score lower than 500 results in automatic rejection.
  • TOEFL / IELTS (not applicable for native English speakers and/or EU/EEA students): a minimum TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based test), 233 (computer based test) or 90-91 (internet-based test), a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a pass for the Cambridge Proficiency test (valid for two years)
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture

Application deadlines


  • September intake: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February intake: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)

For SBE bachelor’s graduates *

(Only the BSc Economics and Business Economics gives direct access to the MSc International Economic Studies)

If you qualify for one of the continuing master’s programmes, you should complete a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme and submit it online. You should then complete a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme and a registration request for the continuing master’s programme via Studielink. You will then receive a confirmation of your request. After that you will need to fill out an application form via My UM. If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Admission requirements

  • Graduation request: a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Re-registration request: a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Registration request: a registration request for the continuing master's programme
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree from SBE that gives direct access to the MSc International Economic Studies programme
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture


Application deadlines

  • September start: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February start: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)


* Please note that if you are a SBE graduate from a programme which doesn’t give direct access to the International Economic Studies programme, the admission requirements as described under ‘For general bachelor’s graduates’ are applicable.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 2, 2016
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
Duration
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1 year
Full time
Price
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12,000 EUR
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