The University of Johannesburg is proud to offer the Master of Commerce qualification in Competition and Economic Regulation in 2020 for the third year running. The qualification was developed following the identification of a critical gap in skills in the field on the continent. This program is one of the first specialist master’s degrees in competition and economic regulation to be offered in Africa. The purpose of this qualification is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake rigorous economic analysis in competition and regulatory matters, contributing to the sub-field of applied economics.
Successful students will be able to use these skills to analyze firm behavior in competition cases and matters of economic regulation for the relevant public authorities and for private parties. The competition cases include mergers, abuse of dominance, and cartel/collusion cases across a wide range of industries. Economic regulation matters include types of price regulation, tariff setting, licensing, entry and access requirements, auctions, investments, and incentives in regulated industries such as telecommunications, banking, energy, and transportation, which have far-reaching economic implications.
Students will put into practice theoretical economic principles related to competition and regulatory economics and undertake research in these areas. Students will be able to evaluate the potential harm of anticompetitive behavior and weigh it against efficiencies, as well as analyze the role of competition and regulation in economic development.
The modules will be taught online and through two intensive face-to-face blocks of teaching per semester in Johannesburg, allowing part-time students from the continent to attend classes. The degree is taught by a team of leading international and local academics, as well as experienced practitioners.
A potential student must be in possession of:
An Honors degree in Economics at new NQF Level 8/old NQF level 7; or
An Honors Degree or equivalent qualification in Arts, Business, Commerce, Management or Science at new NQF level 8 / NQF level 7, majoring in Economics; or
A recognized equivalent international qualification (equivalence certified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), where applicable).
Selection is based on academic merit and the availability of places and hence, may entail the use of additional criteria/requirements; and
Final admission requirements will, from time to time, be adjusted by the department/faculty to account for any University/national higher education requirements or amendments.
Duration of Program
Minimum 1 year (Full-Time)
Minimum 2 years (Part-Time)