Navigating tomorrow's competitive and regulatory changes

In the past two decades, many aspects of business and social life have been disrupted by high-growth organisations such as Google, Apple and Airbnb. The market power of corporate organisations is based on brilliant but sometimes debatable strategies. These strategies present challenges for the organisations themselves, as well as policymakers, regulators and supervisors such as the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the European Commission. In this highly dynamic and international environment, strategy, competition and regulatory challenges require broad expertise related to industrial organisations, strategic management, competition law and econometrics. This Master’s programme focuses on the academic and practical toolkit to operate in the arena of powerful corporates and international policymakers.

Are you interested in international competitive strategies, economic and legal perspectives on market power, the role of private equity, and mergers and acquisitions? Do you want to make a difference in increasing social welfare by balancing private and public interests in the functioning and regulation of markets? Do you want to have a professional role at leading, fast-growing businesses, policymaking organisations, regulatory and supervisory bodies, or economic and legal consultants? If so, we think you’ll be well suited to a Master’s in Strategy, Competition and Regulation.

Leading expertise from multiple disciplines

This Master’s programme is based on Utrecht University’s world-class research in industrial organisation, strategic management, competition law and econometrics. You’ll work with Utrecht University School of Economics’ top scholars, complemented by leading professors from Utrecht University’s School of Law and external lecturers. We are proud to have the School of Law’s involvement in our curriculum, which makes the programme truly multidisciplinary and unique in strategy, competition and regulation.

This programme provides you a rigorous analytical basis for looking at regulatory problems both from a government and a business perspective.

What to expect from this programme

In this programme, you will examine regulatory and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories. You will focus on:

  • The international growth of platform businesses and the challenges these bring to policymakers and regulators, as well as these platform businesses’ competitive strategies;
  • The disciplines relevant to analysing these challenges, namely industrial organisation, strategic management, competition law and econometrics; and
  • The solutions to these challenges from theory and empirical research.

Read more about this study programme.

Programme objectives

The Master’s in Strategy, Competition and Regulation provides you with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of key competition challenges at the interface of private and public interests faced by international high-growth businesses and public regulators;
  • The skills and expertise required to understand the strategic, economic and regulatory aspects of competition issues in markets, to evaluate such issues and to draft prospective plans to resolve or leverage such issues; and
  • The ability to adopt a reasoned position in the strategic, economic and regulatory debate on the justifications, principles, practices, causes and consequences of the management, monitoring and regulation of markets and institutions.

If you are more interested in the legal aspects of Strategy and Competition, please have a look at the LLM Law and Economics.

Career prospects

After completing this Master’s, you will be an expert in the competitive growth strategies of international high-growth businesses, the challenges these bring to policymakers and regulators, and potential solutions. This expertise is highly sought after in powerful, high-growth corporate organisations (e.g. Google, Apple and Airbnb), international policy organisations and regulatory supervisors (e.g. Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the European Commission), economic consultancies (e.g. Oxera) and international law firms. Read more about possible career prospects.


To find out whether you are eligible for this Master’s, check the entry requirements.

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    "This programme was both a great academic experience and a key factor in helping me secure my dream role as a consultant."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Economics of Competition and Regulation
  • Programme: Strategy, Competition and Regulation
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
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Law, Economics and Governance