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LLM/PgDip/PgCertInternet Law & Policy/IT & Telecommunications Law

Why this course?

The LLM in Internet Law & Policy is also known as the LLM in IT & Telecommunications Law. The course structure and module choices are identical. You'll have the choice of an interchangeable title that best reflects your desired sector and country of employment.

Internet Law, Internet Policy, IT & Telecoms Law are fast-changing areas of legal specialisation that have a large international reach and strong employment prospects.

You’ll study

This course is offered on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis for session 2016/17.

You'll complete six modules.

Compulsory module

  • Legal Research (LLM/PgDip)

The following modules are also available:

  • Cybercrime - new module for 2016/17
  • E-Commerce Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Intellectual Property (only available for the distance learning route)
  • Internet Governance (only available for the distance learning route)
  • Telecommunications Law (compulsory for LLM IT & Telecommunications Law)
  • Privacy, Crime & Security 
  • Digital Copyright Law & Policy-making
  • Domain Name Regulation (only available for the distance learning route)

Satisfactory completion of three modules qualifies you for the PgCert. If you complete six modules you'll gain the award of PgDip. To qualify for the LLM you must submit a dissertation of 15,000 words on an approved topic.

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

The School of Law is home to Scotland’s first Law Clinic. It provides a ‘real life’ learning experience for students and an invaluable service to members of the public who do not qualify for legal aid, and cannot otherwise afford legal advice.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Legal Research

This offers general assistance for postgraduate legal study and to better equip you for other modules in your Masters degree and postgraduate diploma. 

It covers legal research and the use of digital library resources, legal writing as well as completing a dissertation.

Elective classes

The following classes are also available:

Cybercrime - New module for 2016/17

Cybercrime is a highly topical area within the broad theme of internet law and policy. The new Cybercrime module is intended to enable students to learn about the laws and legal framework that address transnational cybercrime with a specific focus on internet content crimes such as illegal pornography as well as online contact offences.

By studying the module students should be able develop a detailed understanding and knowledge of the relevant areas of cybercrimes and analyse the various social, legal, criminological and policy aspects and responses to cybercrime. The class will also examine the wider human rights implications of existing regulation and consider the various socio-legal discourses in this area.

E-Commerce Law

This module considers the law governing all forms of online commercial activity.

It focuses on two areas of particular importance:

  • electronic contracts
  • intermediary liability

The constraints on contracting in an online environment are central to most e-commerce activities and are therefore of great importance to the growth of e-commerce.

Intellectual Property Law
You'll be introduced to the general principles, theories and substantive laws that provide the framework for the international, European and national intellectual property systems for the protection of copyright, trademark and patent.
International Intellectual Property

This module considers the systems and institutions that form a part of the International Intellectual Property System. 

It focuses upon legal developments at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and their role in the associating of intellectual property with trade and investment. 

This module is only available for those taking the distance learning route.

Internet Governance

This class familiarises you with the technical function of the Internet, the main bodies involved in regulating the Internet, as well as introducing some sector-specific issues as case studies to help cement your understanding. 

It will look at issues such as net neutrality, stakeholder governance and censorship/filtering on the Internet.

This module is only available for those taking the distance learning route.

Telecommunications Law (compulsory for LLM in IT & Telecommunications Law)

This class familiarises you with telecommunications law in its national, European and international contexts.

The course begins with an overview of the technical and historical development of telecommunications infrastructure, as well as expanding upon the principles of deregulation, market liberalisation and economic policy that led to the current market structure.

Privacy, Crime & Security

This module introduces you to the core ideas and legal regimes governing privacy and data protection online, as well as looking at the global issues concerning transnational data flows. 

It covers regulation of spam, cookies and spyware; targeted advertising; and other venues for commercial collection of data.

Digital Copyright Law & Policy-making

The objective of this interdisciplinary module is to expand on your knowledge of intellectual property law  by looking in extensive detail at one particularly topical issue.

You'll look at the interaction between different policy actors and their role in formulating policies concerning the exploitation of copyright in the digital environment.

Domain Name Regulation

The purpose of this module is to familiarise you with the ways in which domain names are exploited.  

The module provides an overview of the use of domain names as a form of property, the dispute resolution process, and actors involved in regulating domain name use.

This module is only available for those taking the distance learning route.

Learning & teaching

The majority of this work is conducted on a self-study basis using the course materials provided.

This includes:

  • completing the readings for each session
  • participation in online forum discussions
  • writing a 1,500-word theme report as a mid-term assessment

This is prior to the main assignment.

Online discussions use the MyPlace platform and include tutor-led discussions and discussions on specific activities listed in the reading materials.

Assessment

Full and part-time attending students

For most of the modules, you'll receive 10% of your final grade from attendance and participation in class activities. This assessment is based on both the quantity of classes attended, and the quality of participation in those classes. You'll be considered to have made a substantive contribution through engaging in class discussion, asking questions, and participating in semi-structured activities such as ‘simulation’ exercises.

The remaining 90% of your grade comes from the completion of two 3,500-word assignments. These are equally weighted so each is worth 45% of the overall grade. One assignment is to be submitted in the second half of the teaching semester. The second assignment will be given to you once you've received feedback on your first assignment.

Distance learning students

20% of the class grade is your engagement with online discussions. You're expected to contribute at least 200 words to each of the 10 sessions.

You're also required to submit a 1,500-word report in the same format as the final assignment. This is worth 10% of the grade to determine your understanding of the course material.

Finally, a written assignment of approximately 4,500 words will be submitted, worth 70% of your grade.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Law or a degree with a substantial legal content. We also recognise other qualifications, especially where your work experience is in a field relevant to the subject of the course.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

2017/18 - Internet Law & Policy

Scotland/EU
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £4,750
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
Rest of UK
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £4,750
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
International
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £13,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £4,750

2017/18 - Information Technology & Telecommunications Law

Scotland/EU
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £5,000
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
Rest of UK
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £5,000
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
International
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £13,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (distance learning) - £5,000

How can I fund my course?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Opportunities include:

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

This course is an ideal choice for law graduates, lawyers and IT specialists, recently graduated or those who've been working for some time.  

It is for those wanting to gain the skills and knowledge to formulate and apply law in the information society.

Where are they now?

Many of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:

  • Acceptable Use Policy Editor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Corporate Solicitor
  • E-Business Manager
  • Forensic Analyst
  • General Counsel
  • Head of Information Security
  • Head of Legal, Risk & Regulatory
  • Barrister
  • Senior Commercial Lawyer

Employers include:

  • BT
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Government

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

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Internet Law and Policy

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Internet Law and Policy - distance learning

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Internet Law and Policy

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Information Technology and Telecommunications Law

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Internet Law and Policy - distance learning

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Information Technology and Telecommunications Law

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Internet Law and Policy - distance learning

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Information Technology and Telecommunications Law - DL

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Information Technology and Telecommunications Law - DL

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Internet Law and Policy

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Internet Law and Policy

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Internet Law and Policy

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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