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Postgraduate Diploma (Distance learning 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Application deadlines

  • For 9 January 2018 start: 4 December 2017.

View the DL Computer and Communications Law brochure [PDF 4,804KB].

The Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning programme is one of a suite of online learning programmes that can lead to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM in Computer and Communications Law.

The programme draws on our established teaching and research expertise in IT law, e-commerce law, communications law, computer law and media law.

Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning in that it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitations. Most of the relevant materials for computer and communications law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw to which you gain access through your Queen Mary student account.

Your e-learning experience is enhanced by tutorials using discussion boards, blog postings and live chat for class discussions and question and answer sessions. We have designed the course to allow as much interaction and feedback between students and tutors as possible. Your understanding will be deepened by discussing your reading with fellow students and your course tutor and carrying out short tasks related to the course. We also use audio and audio-visual presentations. Completion of the Diploma takes from two to six years, part-time and is tailored for the needs of busy practitioners or other lawyers who would like to obtain specialist knowledge in the computer and communications law field.

Students may continue onto the LLM (180 credits) after completing the Diploma.

This programme will:

  • Give you expertise in the legal regimes governing the supply and use of computer and communications technology.
  • Examine the complex issues concerning national and international law and policy relating to computer and communications technology.
  • Analyse how computer and communications technology has affected the application of traditional legal principles.
  • Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career.
  • Allow you to decide how far you wish to take your study.

Why study your Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

  • You get the full benefits of studying for a recognised UK university qualification from a leading institution which belongs to both the University of London and Russell Group of leading UK universities, whilst maintaining your existing professional and personal commitments.
  • Benefit from regular interactive online support and feedback on mini assignments set by the academics to help you remain focused and motivated
  • Network and share ideas with fellow students via online forums, which provide additional support and professional development
  • Our teaching staff are experts in their field, informed by industry experience and world-leading research
  • You can attend the annual Residential Weekend for Computer and Communications Law Distance Learning students, giving you the chance to hear from and network with staff, alumni and fellow students.

Facilities

We use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform to deliver clear course structures, teaching materials and to create interactive courses. You will have online access to Queen Mary’s libraries and online journals, and all of our e-learning facilities. Through the University of London College network, you will have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

Queen Mary provides free access to 84 law databases including: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Lawtel, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and the United Nations Treaty Collection.

You will not need to have access to a local law library, a basic internet connection and browser is all that is needed to do the course.

Structure

You can study Computer and Communications Law to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM level, by distance learning.

The diploma must be completed within a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six years. The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits, which can be completed as follows:

  • eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation), or
  • six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as one 10,000-word dissertation

If you choose to continue to the LLM, you will need to complete 180 credits, which can be completed as follows:

  • six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as three 10,000-word dissertations (or one 20,000-word dissertation in addition to one 10,000-word dissertation), or
  • eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as two 10,000-word dissertations (or, with approval, one 20,000-word dissertation).

Distance learning

Increasingly we all face more pressures in our business lives and finding the time to attend courses can be very difficult. Distance learning is the solution to your training needs; it allows you the full benefits of studying for a recognised UK university qualification whilst still in full-time employment using this freedom and flexibility to your advantage.

You can set the pace at which you learn and decide when, where and how long you want to study for.

This programme is delivered via our web-based virtual learning environment (VLE). All written assignments are submitted through the e-learning system. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the student community.

Modules and Dissertation

The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term.

  • Taught modules (15 credits)
    • Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
  • Dissertations – topic of your own choice.
    • 10000 dissertations (30 credits) – taken over two consecutive terms.
    • 20000 dissertation (60 credits) – taken over four consecutive terms.
  • Research seminar paper/presentation (optional) (15 credits) (January – May)
    • This involves a 30 minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5000 word essay during the May – August term.

During each term a selection of three to four modules from the list below will be offered. Modules are usually offered on a two year cycle. The terms are as follows:

  • Autumn Session: From the beginning of September until December
  • Spring Session: Beginning of January until April
  • Summer Session: Beginning of May until August

Modules

For more information:

Informa work with Queen Mary to promote and recruit to our Distance Learning programmes in Computer and Communications Law.

Contact

For more information and to apply, contact KNect365 Learning:

Murray McArthur
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 4237
Email: qmul@knect365.com

Entry requirements

You should apply for this course through KNect365 Learning.

An upper second class honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) at a British university or the equivalent in other universities. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience are accepted at the discretion of the Programme Director.

If you are accepted on this programme and have not previously studied law you will be required to pass the 'Pre-Sessional Module on Legal Systems, Research Skills and Writing for IT Law'.

If you are unsure if you are suitable for the programme please contact KNect365 Learning so that we can advise you.

KNect365 Learning work with Queen Mary to promote and recruit to our Distance Learning programmes in Computer and Communications Law. For application or course enquiries queries please contact KNect365 Learning.

All applicants should apply through KNect365 Learning, not through Queen Mary University of London. Apply now via the online application form on the.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures if you are made an offer all applicants will be expected to provide a good quality, colour scanned copies of qualifications and proof of identification when making an online application.

Learning and teaching

Each taught module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

You also have the option to give a research seminar paper/presentation where you will give a 30-minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.

You can start the programme in either the autumn term or the spring term. You should return your completed application forms two months before the start of term. For example, for an autumn start you will need to return your forms by mid-July and for a spring start you will need to return your forms by the beginning of November.

As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures if you are made an offer all applicants will be expected to submit by post (courier) or in person certified copies of qualifications which were uploaded when making an online application.

Assessment

Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

If you take the research seminar paper/presentation option you will give a 30-minute presentation at the residential weekend, on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor, followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.

Fees

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

Funding

Distance learning students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.

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