LLM/PgDip/PgCert Internet Law & Policy/IT & Telecommunications Law – online

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: LLM: 24 months part-time online
    PgDip: 21 months part-time online
    PgCert: 8 months part-time online

Study with us

  • gain a dual-named qualification which is recognised internationally
  • experience areas of legal specialisation with international reach and strong employement prospects 
  • benefit from part-time online study mode
  • also known as the LLM in IT & Telecommunications Law
  • allows you to choose the title that best reflects your desired sector and country of employment
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Why this course?

Internet law, internet policy, IT and telecoms law are fast-changing areas of legal specialisation that have a large international reach and strong employment prospects.

You'll gain the skills and expertise required to become an expert in reguation of the internet and the information economy, with a focused understanding of digital policy in developed and emerging markets.

The LLM is completed fully online via part-time study giving you the flexibility to gain a Masters-level qualification while continuing to work.

The assignment topics were interesting. Interactive lectures are also important. The lecturers were well-prepared and always willing to answer questions and give incentives and guidelines.

Chrysi Chrysochou, current student

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What you'll study

The programme is delivered fully online via Myplace, our virtual learning environment. You'll complete six classes – the class in legal research is compulsory and the remainder are chosen from a selected list or from other Law School Masters programmes.

Classes will be taught through weekly discussion forums and podcasts (Legal Research only). The course structure and class choices are almost identical for both pathways; for the IT and Telecommunications Law pathway, it is necessary to take the class Telecommunication Law and also to write a dissertation a telecoms-related subject.

Satisfactory completion of three classess qualifies you for the PgCert. If you complete six classes 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.

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Students can explore the most important and topical aspects of this highly popular area of law. Skills in this area are in great demand: in-house lawyers routinely monitor their companies’ compliance with these rules; specialists in law firms engage regularly in domestic, EU and international litigation and the public sector employs legal experts to work for government and regulatory agencies.
Oles Andriychuk
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Course content

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.

The following classes are also available. You may also choose classes from other Law School Masters programmes, including Human Rights Law, Criminal Justice and Penal Change and Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

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.
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.

Learning & teaching

The majority of your 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.


Your engagement with online discussions amounts to 20 per cent of the class grade. 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.

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Entry requirements

Academic 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.

Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this 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 Visas and Immigration (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 Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

LLM/PgDip/ PgCert


Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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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's suitable for those who'd like to gain the skills and knowledge to formulate and apply law in the information society.

Where are they now?

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

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Internet Law and Policy - online

Qualification: LLM
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Internet Law and Policy - online

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Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Contact us

Postgraduate Enquiries

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk