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LLM Internet Law and Policy/IT & Telecommunications Law


This is the oldest and most distinguished Masters degree in technology and law in the UK and one of the oldest globally, having run since 1991. The LLM in Internet Law and Policy has been fully revamped, updated and rebranded this year to equip students with all the up to date skills and expertise they will need to emerge as experts in regulation of the Internet and the information economy, with a focused understanding of digital policy in developed and emerging markets. The degree gives full coverage to a range of key subjects including telecommunications law, e-commerce law, privacy and data protection, intellectual property (including copyright), Internet governance, cybercrime and online surveillance. A compulsory core is complemented by advanced optional courses.

Current topics are emphasised such as net neutrality, domain name disputes, social networks, copyright and downloading, cyber-security and cyber-war, the role of intellectual property in Internet Governance and other emergent topics. All courses are taught in small groups by professors who are research leaders in their domains.

The degree can be taken by full or part time attendance, or by online distance learning. Students are drawn from all over the globe, including representation from Africa, China, India, Latin America, the EU and Eastern Europe. Teaching materials are supplied in English.

Although the course focuses on initiatives at a European level, account is taken of major developments in other areas of the world and students are encouraged to consider the implications of legal developments for their own jurisdictions.

Student Experience

The degree is student-focused, with individual attention given both face to face and by email, as well as formal feedback. Students are encouraged to participate in the class Facebook group and blog, and to read the StrathLLMIT twitter feed and to set up their own online presence. The LLM is situated within the Centre for Internet Law and Policy (which has its own speakers’ programme and website, and will organise other major events; and within the Law School at Strathclyde, a high-flying research-driven school with a thriving postgraduate community, itself based in a leading European technological university. Students may also have the opportunity to use their IT law skills in a law clinic helping members of the public.

Course Structure

Full-time LLM and PgDip students are required to complete six modules from those listed - three modules per semester including the compulsory Research Methods module.

In addition the award of LLM in Internet Law and Policy requires the successful completion of a 15,000 words-word dissertation on a topic of participants’ own choice.

Distance learning students are also required to complete six modules, taking two modules in semester one and one module in semester two.

A flexible three-module Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is also available.


You'll complete six modules.

Compulsory module

  • Legal Research (LLM/PgDip)

The following modules are also available:

  • E-Commerce Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Telecommunications Law (compulsory for LLM IT & Telecommunications Law)
  • Privacy, Crime & Security 

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. 

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