One of the few courses of its kind, this LLM examines intellectual property and aspects of information law thematically - covering data protection, information handling, e-commerce and intellectual property in the global digital economy.
a good honours degree or relevant experience
if your first language is not English, you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma stages
You’ll enhance your research, communication and independent study techniques, which will help you throughout your Masters degree and will also assist with your personal and professional development. This module provides a stepping stone if you wish to present your work at conferences or have your work published. The skills you develop will also be of direct relevance if you are seeking to undertake a PhD and will help you progress through the early stages of a research career.
You’ll also study two pathway core modules:
Information and Communication Technology Law
You’ll examine the wide-ranging laws applying to the control and operation of the internet, communication systems and interactive technologies.
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
You’ll develop your understanding of the legal principles and procedures covering ownership, use and control of information in the context of the internet and other media.
In addition, you’ll choose three optional pathway modules from the following:
Evidence and Digital Investigation - examining the legalities surrounding recovery of evidence from hardware, including digital storage media
International Protection of Intellectual Property
International Commercial Arbitration - focusing on the rules that govern arbitration agreements and arbitral tribunals, proceedings and awards, including the New York Convention and Uncitral Model Law
National and International Sale of Goods Law - examining the sequence and legal implications of contracts engaged in the sale and movement of goods nationally and internationally
Open Source Intelligence and Privacy - looking at how businesses and agencies collect private and personal data through open and covert means.
You’ll study this core module:
This final module gives you the opportunity to develop deep and specialist knowledge through robust legal scholarship. You will use the intellectual skills you’ve gained during your course to carry out an extensive investigation of a significant topic. You will be supported throughout by a member of our law team with expertise in the area you choose to research.
If you are looking to enter legal practice with a specialism in intellectual property or information technology law, this LLM will be of significant benefit. Alternatively, if you work in a role where you have responsibility for intellectual property or information management issues - or if you operate in an advisory capacity helping businesses to tackle these issues - the LLM will widen your knowledge and skills so that you are more effective and successful in your profession.
The qualification is equally useful if you are considering a career as a researcher in the legal field, or as an analyst for a think tank or an intellectual property or knowledge management campaign group. You might already be working as a research manager where a greater knowledge of intellectual property would be of value to you.
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