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ECON6008 Industrial Economics

Module Overview

The module will provide an introduction to the field of Industrial Organisation at a graduate level.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to introduce you to the field of Industrial Organization at a graduate level • to prepare those of you who wish to pursue research in this field

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Developed competence in handling analytical models
  • Be able to apply these models to new situations


1. A review of basic game theory 2. Introduction to Competition Policy 3. Classic static oligopoly models 4. Dynamic price competition and tacit collusion 5. Competition with product differentiation 6. Entry, accommodation and exit 7. Horizontal and Vertical Mergers

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Theory of Industrial Organization. 

Sunk Costs and Market Structure. 

A Primer in Game Theory. 

Other course information available via blackboard. 

Game Theory. 

Industrial Organisation: A Strategic Approach. 


Assessment Strategy

Coursework (10%) and a two-hour written examination at the end of semester 2 (90%). Resit assessment will be a two hour written examination in August/September immediately following the failure.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Exam  (2 hours) 90%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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