MCom Competition and Economic Regulation
Description of programme
As the first masters’ degree in this field to be offered in Africa, this programme will equip students with the specialist knowledge and skills required to undertake rigorous economic analysis in competition and regulatory matters.
Successful students will be able to use these skills to analyse firm behaviour 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, licencing, 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 behaviour and weigh it against efficiencies, as well as analyse the role of competition and regulation in economic development.
Taught by a unique combination of academics and practitioners with on-the-ground experience, each module will be taught through lectures (including guest lectures), seminars, student presentations on analyses of actual cases and interactive hypothetical exercises based on competition and regulatory matters.
A potential student must be in possession of:
An Honours degree in Economics at new NQF Level 8/old NQF level 7; or
An Honours Degree or equivalent qualification in Arts, Business, Commerce, Management or Science at new NQF level 8 / NQF level 7, majoring in Economics; or
A recognised 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 programme
Minimum 1 year (Full Time);
Minimum 2 years (Part Time)