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Computer and Communications Law

Postgraduate Certificate (Distance learning 1-2 years Part-time )

Overview

Application deadlines

  • For 30 August 2017 start: 23 July 2017
  • For 9 January 2018 start: 4 December 2017.

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

The Postgraduate Certificate 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.

We enhance your e-learning experience 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 Certificate takes one to two 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 Diploma (120 credits), or the LLM (180 credits) after completing the Certificate.

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 Certificate 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, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

Students have full access to all Queen Mary e-resources including specialists law databases, for example Westlaw, Lexis, Nexis, Hein-Online, Justis and relevant online collections.

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

Programme structure

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

The programme is tailored for you if you wish to obtain a specialist Certificate in Digital Media Law, Certificate in IT or IP Law, Certificate in E-commerce Law or a Certificate in Communications Law. The certificate requires the successful completion of 60 credits over a minimum of one year, which can be completed as follows:

  • four taught modules, or
  • three taught modules and the optional research seminar paper/presentation

On successful completion of the certificate you may switch to the diploma. 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:

The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term. Modules are offered on a two year cycle, please contact Informa for module offerings 2017-18.

  • 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).
  • Research seminar paper/presentation (optional) (15 credits) (January – May)
    • This involves a 30 - 40 minute presentation with a Question and Answer session, at the UK annual 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.
  • Dissertations (for the diploma and LLM only) – on a topic of your own choice
    • 10,000-word dissertations (30 credits) – taken over two consecutive terms
    • 20,000-word dissertation (60 credits) – taken over four consecutive terms

Certificate in Digital Media Law Module options

  • CCDM009 Computer Crime
  • CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation
  • CCDM028 Online Media Regulation
  • CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
  • CCDM037 Broadcasting Regulation
  • CCDM038 Regulation of Cross-border Online Gambling

Certificate in IP and IT Law Module options

  • CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
  • CCDM011 IT Outsourcing
  • CCDM013 Advanced IP Issues: Protection of Computer Software
  • CCDM015 Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
  • CCDM016 Intellectual Property: Foundation
  • CCDM040 Online Trademarks
  • CCDM043 – Cloud Computing

Certificate in E-commerce Law Module options

  • CCDM008 Online Banking and Financial Services
  • CCDM009 Computer Crime
  • CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
  • CCDM011 IT Outsourcing
  • CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation
  • CCDM019 Information Security and the Law
  • CCDM020 Internet Jurisdictional Issues and Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
  • CCDM025 Mergers and Acquisitions in the IT Sector
  • CCDM027 E-Commerce Law
  • CCDM029 Taxation and Electronic Commerce
  • CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
  • CCDM040 Online Trademarks
  • CCDM043 – Cloud Computing

Certificate in Communications Law Modules

  • CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
  • CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • CCDM019 Information Security and the Law
  • CCDM021 European Telecommunications Law
  • CCDM026 International Telecommunications Law
  • CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law

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 – An Informa Business:

Bianca Stephens
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 4483
Email: qmul@knect365.com

Entry requirements

Law graduates

Entry to the programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

If you do not meet the above entry requirments then you should consider 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 – An Informa Business for advice.

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

KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business 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 – An Informa Business.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

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 on our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements please contact KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business for further advice.

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 at the UK annual residential weekend normally held in June, however this can vary depending on venue availability.   You will give a 30-40 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session, 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 form at least 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 December.

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).

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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