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LLM (Distance learning 2-6 years Part-time )

Overview

Application deadlines

  • For 8 January 2018 start: 4 December 2017.

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

The LLM 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 LLM 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.

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.

London-based LLM

We also offer a London-based LLM in Computer and Communications Law.

Why study your LLM 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.

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

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

You will need to gain 180 credits for the LLM, 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 Dissertations

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

These modules are also available to study on the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

KNect365 Learning work with Queen Mary to promote and recruit to our Distance Learning programmes in Computer and Communications Law. View more information and apply online at KNect365 Learning.

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.

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.

Profiles

Elisa Kohlhase, Samoa

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, Commonwealth scholar 2013

After graduating from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2001, I worked as a solicitor at O’Malley & Black, a general rural practice in South Otago.

In 2004, I returned home to Samoa to take up a position as Assistant Legal Counsel at SamoaTel Limited, the state-owned telecommunications monopoly. At the time, I had no knowledge of telecommunications law or the industry and so I spent the next few years learning as much as I could from managers and engineers to customer service and technicians. Competition was introduced into the sector in 2006; something which was both new and exciting. In 2009, I left SamoaTel to join the team at the Office of the Regulator, the regulator for telecommunications, broadcasting, postal and more recently electricity; where I am currently employed.

Postgraduate study was never a priority primarily because I am a mother of three and financial constraints did not allow for the same. However, as a small island nation with an emerging telecommunications market, Samoa has a real need to develop capacity in this area. Telecommunications law and regulation is an ever expanding field and you find that there is always something new to learn about. This of course means smaller, less developed nations like those in the South Pacific are always playing ‘catch-up’.

Last year, my husband encouraged me to apply for one of the Commonwealth Scholarship Awards when it was advertised and I was fortunate enough to be granted one of the scholarships offered. I chose to come to Queen Mary because of the modules offered. I wanted to do something that would be relevant and applicable when I returned to Samoa. The three modules I chose to take – Telecommunications, Cyberspace and Media Law – provide a well-rounded program which will provide me with necessary skills to assist in the further development of the ICT sector (particularly in the area of policy and associated laws) in my home country.


Giovanna De Saint-Ange, Brazil

LLM in Computer and Communications Law 2014 – 2015

During my year as a scholarship LLM student studying Computer and Communications Law at QMUL I saw many opportunities open to students. I made the most of these opportunities in order to improve my experience, not only academically but socially and professionally as well. I was in turn highly rewarded for my efforts and determination.

The culmination of a great year on the LLM was being hired by Promontory Financial Group as a privacy analyst along with several LLM colleagues after completing an internship programme that Queen Mary arranged. Participation on Promontory's data breach workshop, which I helped organise at CCLS, had already given me some insights into the life of a privacy professional. However, the experience as an intern and now as a privacy analyst has allowed me to put into practice my academic studies. I am overwhelmed with all the achievements in my LLM year and definitely consider it to be the best year of my life so far.


Giovanna Louise Bodin de Saint-Ange Comnène Carloni, Brazil

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, CCLS/FGV Scholarship Winner 2014-15

The first time that I was truly interested in a specific law field was during an internship at one of the research centres of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, the university I graduated from in Rio de Janeiro. I was already in the second year of the law school, but it seemed that only new legal issues were capable of raising my attention, as opposed to the traditional subjects I had studied so far. I was then presented with topics such as privacy and data protection, copyright, IP and the fashion industry, games, new business models, and Internet regulation, amongst others. Later, I was lucky to experience those subjects again at a few projects during another internship at Veirano Advogados, one of the main law companies in Brazil.

Close to my graduation, I realised this was only a starting field in Brazil and therefore if I wanted to keep studying and seek to specialise in such an area I had to look for opportunities to study abroad. After doing some research into different programs I concluded that QMUL was the best option, given the diversity and contemporaneity of its modules. I was really looking for an outstanding program in terms of being up to date with the legal discussions involving new technologies and so far I am very impressed for several reasons.
Firstly, the depth of knowledge taught in class is something that I had never experienced before. For example, as privacy and data protection law was one of my main researching areas I thought I would take it for granted at QMUL. Surprisingly, the Privacy and Information Module exceeded my expectations because it embraces so many diverse topics and complex legal discussions, which I have never studied before. I have been constantly challenged by the advanced level of readings and the debates, both in class and externally.

Additionally, QMUL’s staff encourages students to engage regularly in the social and academic activities on offer, such as participating in social events, societies, seminars, debates and group studies. Simply spending time with other students enriches the LLM experience and allows an exchange of different cultural experiences. The academics are also enthusiastic to participate and sometimes organise their own social events. Obviously, the fact that QMUL is based in the heart of London contributes to those benefits.
Finally, QMUL’s staff are also impressively supportive regarding living and studying needs. During the induction week, students are introduced to a series of medical and legal facilities and information on how to best settle down in the city. Alongside with classes QMUL offers seminars about careers, dissertation, exams, writing skills, etc. I personally think that those three elements – the advanced level of study, opportunities to engage academically and socially, and staff support – allow students to take full advantage of the LLM experience at QMUL.


Jessica Lavery, Ireland and Canada

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, 2009-2010

“I attended secondary school in Canada, and completed my undergraduate legal education (BCL) in Ireland in 2009. I decided to study my LLM at Queen Mary because of the wide range of specialisations and courses offered. The modules I have taken (Computer Law, Communications Law and Privacy Law) have been excellent; the lecturers are experts in their fields, and are very approachable and helpful. The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), where all of my lectures took place, is centrally located, so it's easy to reach whether you're staying in student halls or private accommodation elsewhere in London. London itself is a great place to study, and an exciting place to live. I would definitely recommend Queen Mary to anyone considering postgraduate study in law, particularly in the IT field. I would say that my LLM definitely helped with finding my current role, since the modules I took were Privacy and Information Law, Telecoms Law and Computer Law. I'm working full time as a Corporate Privacy Analyst with Research In Motion (BlackBerry) based in Slough.”


Kristof Panis, Belgium

LLM Computer and Communications Law 2009-2010

“I am a Belgian qualified lawyer specialising in Computer and Communications Law at the Institute of Computer and Communications Law, part of the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. After several years of working as a lawyer in Belgium I decided to obtain a LLM to improve my legal English writing skills and to specialise further in Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Without any doubt the Centre of Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) part of Queen Mary, University of London, is one of the most advanced and most specialised centres worldwide for IT and IP Law. Based in the very heart of the legal world of the UK, one could not be in a better place. All courses are of a very high level and the academics encourage the students to become real experts in their chosen fields of law. This, in combination with excellent legal English language courses and a truly international and exciting student life, makes CCLS an excellent choice to obtain your LLM.”


Kristof Panis, Belgium

LLM Computer and Communications Law 2009-2010

“I am a Belgian qualified lawyer specialising in Computer and Communications Law at the Institute of Computer and Communications Law, part of the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. After several years of working as a lawyer in Belgium I decided to obtain a LLM to improve my legal English writing skills and to specialise further in Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Without any doubt the Centre of Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) part of Queen Mary, University of London, is one of the most advanced and most specialised centres worldwide for IT and IP Law. Based in the very heart of the legal world of the UK, one could not be in a better place. All courses are of a very high level and the academics encourage the students to become real experts in their chosen fields of law. This, in combination with excellent legal English language courses and a truly international and exciting student life, makes CCLS an excellent choice to obtain your LLM.”


Melanie Hadeli, Indonesia

LLM in Computer and Communications Law 2011-12

Before coming to Queen Mary, I was working as a lawyer for the past six years, focusing on Information, Communication and Technologies practice areas. I chose to study in the UK as it has an advanced law system and a good education system. Completing LLM study in the UK will enhance my professional profile in respect of my future career. 

I selected Queen Mary, because whilst most LLM programmes in UK provide specialisms in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary offers the specialisation in Computer and Communications law which was exactly the programme I wanted to pursue. I also found the specific modules of Telecommunications Law and Computer Law offered in this programme are distinguished and very specialised as compared to other universities in UK which offer a similar specialisation. In addition, Queen Mary is a prominent university and has been consistently ranked as a top university in the UK. When it comes to IT law, I believe QMUL is the best place to study it in the UK.

I enjoy all the practical issues covered in the modules. The experiences of the lecturers as practitioners in the related field addressing the issues makes it more interesting as it reflects the practical approach which cannot be obtained from text books. The practitioner guest lecturers are undoubtedly a good source in giving practical insight to the issue, not only from a law perspective but also from commercial viewpoint.

With regards to the transition from undergraduate and postgraduate studies, given the considerably wide gap between UK and Indonesia regarding education and legal systems, I may say the transition is not that easy to make, but still manageable. In my opinion, work experience in the related field before undergoing postgraduate study, to some extent, is helpful for this transition.


Olugbemi Oduntan, Nigeria

LLM in Computer and Communications Law - CCLS/UNILAG Scholarship Winner 2013

After graduating from the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, and consequent call to the Nigerian Bar, I have had about two years of intensive transactional and litigation practice experience before deciding to seek an advanced degree. My decision to pursue an LLM was influenced by a desire to build necessary capacity in our ever-evolving world. To aid the choice of institution, premium was placed on the quality of teaching and the practical experience available.

It soon became clear that Queen Mary University of London was the institution that ticked all the boxes – and more. With its rising global profile, perfect combination of seasoned professors with magnificent facilities and strategic location in London – a city at the heart of international commercial and legal activities – the University provides countless academic and social opportunities hard to come by, harder within a span of one year. The CCLS scholarship award provided the final impetus that hastened my decision.

For me, the experience at Queen Mary has been splendid! The academic and administrative support available is outstanding. Opportunities for social and professional development are enormous. I currently serve as a Student Representative on the Student-Staff Liaison Committee of the LLM Programme; I am actively involved in the Media Group of the Postgraduate Law Society and I was recently appointed a Student Adviser in the award-winning Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre where students provide free legal and regulatory advisory services to early-stage, start-up companies, primarily in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

These engagements align with my choice of specialisation and future ambition. In fact, my chosen modules are focused on electronic commerce, communications and technology laws which are of particular relevance to Nigeria as an emerging economy and because of the dearth of local knowledge base in those areas.

I am therefore confident that this LLM serves to enhance my capabilities with a world-class education and equip me with skills needed to succeed in my chosen career path.


Syed Sazzad Dipon, Bangladesh

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, CCLS Scholarship Winner 2014-15

I completed my undergraduate law degree (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of London External Programmes in 2008. I then pursued my Bar Vocational Course at the City Law School and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009.

After my call, I decided to return to my home jurisdiction, Bangladesh where I qualified as an Advocate in 2012. I joined a law firm in Dhaka which was the legal retainer/adviser of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC). While working there I gained first-hand legal experience of several milestone projects of BTRC promoting the “digitalization” of Bangladesh and nitty-gritty in the communications sector from both a private and public point of view. This led me to embark on further study of communications law.

The academic curriculum and variety of modules offered as part of the LLM in Computer and Communications Law at Queen Mary naturally attracted my attention because these are very distinguished, specialized, and exactly what I wanted. Furthermore, QMUL has also been consistently ranked as a top university among the other Russell Group universities. Studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) has been an invaluable experience. Apart from having the privilege of being taught by some of the world’s most renowned lecturers in the area of telecommunications, media, computer and cyberspace law, I also have the opportunity of working at the award-winning Legal Advice Centre (qLegal) - providing legal support to start-up companies in the communications sector - as well as serving as a student representative for Media Law specialism.

Once I complete my LLM, I want to pursue a PhD in communications law and eventually work for the development of Bangladesh.  


Temitope Lawal, Nigeria

LLM in Computer and Communications Law 2012-13

Winner of the University of Lagos/CCLS Scholarship

Upon graduating from the University of Lagos in 2010, I immediately proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and subsequently got called to the Bar in 2012. Prior to coming to Queen Mary, I did my one-year compulsory national service in a city corporate / commercial law firm.

My choice of Computer and Communications Law was borne out of my sheer desire to learn more about legal issues pertaining to the effective regulation of the telecommunications and media sectors from a global perspective. Having this in mind, I ventured out in search of a university that offered an LLM programme in this area. I found Queen Mary, University of London to be one of the few schools that had it. This, coupled with recommendations from one of my professors (an alumnus of Queen Mary) sealed up my choice of Queen Mary. Furthermore, the ranking of the School of Law as one of the best in the UK by different rating bodies and its recent admission into the Russell Group contributed immensely to my opting for Queen Mary, University of London.

Studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) has been an invaluable experience. Apart from having the privilege of been taught by some of the world’s most renowned lecturers in the area of telecommunications, media and e-commerce law, I also had the rare opportunity of getting to meet people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and nationalities.

I hope to do an internship in an international organization immediately after my programme in order to put into practice the knowledge and skills I have been able to garner from studying at this world class educational institution known as Queen Mary, University of London.


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