The LLM Intellectual Property and Data Protection Law will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to work in this area of the law. You will study two compulsory modules – Intellectual Property Law and Data Protection Law – along with two optional modules of your choice.
You will examine the development of both intellectual property law and data protection law as distinct areas of legal practice and consider their ongoing reform and development, particularly in light of continuing technological advancements.
The Intellectual Property Law module will also consider the current intellectual property framework from a national, European and international perspective, along with copyright, trademarks, patent law and design rights.
The Data Protection Law module will also include topics such as current data protection legislation, key concepts such as the notions of ‘informed consent’ and ‘personal data’, the obligations of data controllers, the rights of data subjects, and the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things.
Data protection and intellectual property are fast-moving sectors, particularly in view of the continual advancements in twenty-first-century technology. This course is constantly updated to reflect new developments and best practice, and is supported by the latest research and methods. The content is delivered by specialists in their field who are at the forefront of their discipline, and is designed to equip you with the vital skills you will need for a career in the area of intellectual property and data protection.
The wide range of optional modules available to you enable you to tailor your course according to the career path you plan to follow. You can also combine similar pathways, and graduate with a named joint pathway. In addition to your degree modules, you can choose from a range of extra-curricular programmes to develop your skills further.
Our innovative teaching methods combine class seminars and practical work to give you every opportunity make the most of your studies. Group discussions enable you to consolidate and deepen your learning, and role plays and debates will also complement the teaching sessions and develop your skills, including those of negotiation, debating, presentation and teamwork.
Independent study is also essential, to enhance your class learning and to broaden your understanding of your subject. The two compulsory modules are assessed via written coursework, which are great opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to formulate arguments and solutions.
The LLM Intellectual Property and Data Protection Law is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience you will need to launch your career in any sector that requires this specialist knowledge in today’s globalised and interconnected world. Doors will open for you into the private sector, into consultancy work, into the public sector, or even into an academic or a research career.
There is a lot you can do with data in any organisation. With the increase in technology and IOT plus the 'Big Data' revolution the collation of data and the power it holds to transform organisations, ensure health and safety in difficult to reach places, keep ahead of life cycles, drive change and innovation has huge potential for any organisation. Within the oil and gas and energy sectors and related supply chain the revolution of supply and demand is already happening.
If you already work in data either in the energy sector or other related sectors this programme specialises in its application to the oil and gas sector and it is partnered with Common Data Access Ltd which is a not for profit subsidiary of Oil and Gas UK. It provides data management services to the oil and gas industry. The programme is developed with academics at University of Aberdeen and industrial partners and it covers data protection, governance and quality plus project and data management and legal commercial and security aspects of data management.
The programme develops your key data management requirements working in interdisciplinary teams in the energy industry and is sponsored and input by multinationals within those industries. You can study this programme either on campus full time or part time or online part time from anywhere with an internet connection. The part time delivery is designed to fit around your work and life.
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It is an interdisciplinary programme, designed for students with a first degree in subjects such as:
Our teaching is strongly linked to research within the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, which includes aspects of applied computing, theoretical computer science, and communications and networks. Statistical analysis of data across various disciplines is a central theme of our research.
You can tailor your studies to particular areas of interest or career aspirations through our range of optional modules, and in the final dissertation (which is a significant piece of project work).
On graduation you’ll be ready and able to develop solutions to challenges in big data analytics and big data systems.
The programme is intended to equip graduates with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills to work in the industry as a Data Scientist, Big Data Architect, or Big Data Analyst.
You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars.
Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group.
Most modules are related to research in the school.
All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners.
Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented across all modules.
Our facilities are impressive, with several laboratories filled with dual-screen, dual boot (Windows and Linux) systems packed with industry-standard software.
Our specialised labs, such as the Ethical Hacking lab and the Internet of Things lab, allow students to build their skills within these key areas of growth, in a structured way through taught modules.
We provide a range of online facilities to support independent learning, including our Virtual Learning Environment which gives you access to learning materials and collaborative learning tools 24/7, anywhere in the world. We also provide virtual server technology using in house hardware to allow students to use our operating systems remotely.
Big data is a major area for future growth and investment. As the global big data industry continues to grow year after year we continue to grow our programme, and continue to produce future leaders in an exciting and rewarding field.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.
In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
There is much research taking place at the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics related to this Master's programme. This includes aspects of applied computing, theoretical computer science, and communications and networks. Statistical analysis of data across various disciplines is a central theme of our research.
Teaching informed by research is at the core of this programme. Graduates leave us well prepared to pursue academic research, or industry based research and development positions.
The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels, offers an outstanding research-focused environment in the heart of Europe. Located close to the main EU institutions, and in proximity to international organisations and law firms, there are excellent networking and internship opportunities. The lES boasts excellent teaching facilities and a modern working space, right next to the amenities of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Etterbeek campus.
The LLM in International and European law is a postgraduate LLM renowned for its outstanding quality and international character. Hosted right at the heart of the European Union, this Brussels-based LLM (formerly known as “PILC”) has offered excellence in this field for more than 45 years.
The programme is tailored for demanding global career in law, as the professors are nominated specifically for each course in the Programme and are an international mixture of high-ranking practitioners and leading academics.
The courses are exclusively at advanced master (i.e post-graduate) level and the curriculum covers in parallel the essential aspects of international and European law.
We have made special efforts to maintain our tuition as affordable as possible to the students. Small class size ensures a true “family feel” on a global scale.
Our over 1200 PILC alumni are of 108 nationalities.
The LLM in International and European law is an 60 ECTS Advanced Master’s degree obtained in one academic year (from end September until early July)
The programme offers a balanced, versatile package that consists of compulsory and optional courses as well as a Master thesis. The optional courses are Public Law, Business Law, and Data Law. The Data Law option is a new option since the 2018-19 academic year.
Four compulsory courses (18 credits) giving a broad overview of the main topics of international and European law in the first semester:
- EU Institutional Framework and Judicial Protection
- Globalisation, International Law and Sustainable Development
- International and Comparative Law
- EU Economic Law
These courses are accompanied by two compulsory courses (6 credits) which deepen the knowledge and insights in international and European law:
- International and European Protection of Human Rights
- International Economic Law and Organizations
In addition, to help set the mood for the Thesis and to gain experience in teamwork in an international context, you are to team up at the start of the first semester in multinational groups of three to four students to write a joint research paper (for the ‘Globalisation, International Law and Sustainable Development’ course).
In the second semester you will follow the two remaining compulsory courses (6 credits):
- International and EU Competition Law
- EU External Relations
You also need to choose whether to complete the courses offered in the Public Law, Business Law, or Data Law option.
The Public Law option:
The Business Law option:
The Data Law option:
The teaching staff is a unique mixture of renowned EU scholars and top level EU and international law practitioners. They combine academic rigour with the latest practical insights in a context of cultural diversity.
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible, as the selection will be closed once the full quota of maximum 40 qualifying candidates is reached.
The IES Selection Committee aims at providing a decision within four weeks from receiving all the application documents and letters of reference duly completed. You will receive the decision by e-mail.
For the academic year 2018-2019, IES is able to cap the tuition fee at €5400.
Visit our website for details on how to apply.
All IES students can benefit from career advice, including interview preparation and CV review at the VUB Career Centre. This unique service offered by the VUB in cooperation with Randstad was launched in 2011. Clients of the VUB Career Centre include major law firms, the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Agencies and consultancies. We have over 1200 highly successful alumni who are now working in international institutions such as the European Union, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in national administrations, diplomatic services, the judiciary, as well as in major law firms, corporations and NGOs.
On the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) you will study the close connection between the fields of intellectual property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and e-law (Internet regulation, electronic commerce and cybercrime). You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection.
Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact [email protected] for application details.
This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000 word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).
Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor. The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length.
Please visit the School of Law website here for up to date information on the programme.
Programme regulations are available in the College Calendar
Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
LLM classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. Students receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.
Seminars take place in 2 hour blocks between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. To view individual module assessments in the Book of Modules .
Who teaches this course?
The School of Law has many expert and committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas. You can view the full list of teaching staff on the following link here
The LLM in Intellectual Property and E-Law reflects the close connection in legal research and practice between the fields of Intellectual Property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and E-Law (internet regulation, electronic commerce and law of cybercrime).
This specialised LLM builds upon the Law School’s considerable research and teaching expertise in the fields of Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students can choose from a range of intellectual property, commercial, information law and e-law modules and further specialise by writing a dissertation on any one of the modern challenges presented by the practice of intellectual property law in the electronic age.
The LLM includes a unique IT Law Clinic module, where students provide legal information to startups on issues such as copyright, data protection and selling online. The clinic is the first such clinic in any Irish university and provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of these dynamic legal areas to real-life problems faced by businesses. The clinic website is at https://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/currentstudents/it-law-clinic/ .
UCC Law School is the Irish Partner in the global Creative Commons movement and a member of the iLINC European Network of Law Incubators, which aims to facilitate provision of legal information and advice to ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups. We organise major conferences on Intellectual Property and E Law, e.g. “Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead?” in 2012.
For information on I.P. and e-Law at UCC see http://www.ucc.ie/law/lawonline/elaw/ .
Placement or Study Abroad Information
For information on the School of Law vacation placements programme see link http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/currentstudents/placements/
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector
The Programme offers its students a unique combination of private and public law and interdisciplinary perspectives. Skills in legal analysis, critical thinking, research and writing is what distinguishes excellent lawyers and legal scholars.
Our interactive study methods are based on the latest pedagogical research and courses are taught in small groups of selected students. The Programme creates a solid basis for doctoral training in law. It also provides you with the expertise necessary for a successful career at law firms and corporations, governments and international organisations, as well as at universities and research institutions.
Digital Futures is one of the six strategic research themes of University of Turku. The Faculty of Law has several externally funded research projects in the areas of the LIS Programme (funded e.g. by the Academy of Finland). In 2016, the Faculty of Law was ranked in the top 151–200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
In the Programme, you will learn from the lecturers of the University of Turku as well as from international experts who are also top researchers in their area of experitse. LIS Programme is a partner in the Pan European Seal Traineeship Programme.
Writing a Master’s thesis is part of the advanced studies in Law and Information Society (60 ECTS). The work begins during your first year of studies with the orientation seminars. The actual writing of the thesis is done during the second year of studies. The advanced studies consist of:
Examples of thesis topics:
The LIS Programme concentrates on high quality teaching in small group environments and applies advanced pedagogical methods, such as interactive study methods.
In the Programme, you learn:
After completing the MDP in Law and Information Society students will be awarded a Master of International and Comparative Law degree. Completion of this degree does not qualify the graduate for positions which require a Finnish Master of Laws degree (OTM). Starting from the autumn 2017 it is not possible with any study backgrounds to receive the Master of Laws Degree from the LIS programme.
The LIS Programme provides various opportunities to acquire the knowledge and competence necessary for working in various demanding positions in the knowledge society.
As a Master of International and Comparative Law, you can work in following positions:
The Programme offers internship opportunities in the EUIPO and EPO (for more information and specific requirements, visit: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/law/studying/masters-degree-program/Pages/traineeships.aspx)
The Programme offers a solid basis for doctoral training in the University of Turku or abroad. At the moment, the Faculty of Law has several doctoral candidates who have graduated from the LIS Programme.
Graduates from the Programme can apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 Doctoral Programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the Doctoral Programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
Our programme will give you a thorough grounding in the radiation and environmental protection aspects of nuclear physics.
This includes in-depth knowledge of radiation protection and showing you how the technical and organisational procedures of the discipline may be applied to the broader concept of environmental protection.
The substantial practical element of this programme enables you to relate taught material to real-world applications. Formal lectures are complemented with work in specialist radiation laboratories that were recently refurbished as part of a £1m upgrade to our facilities.
Here you will work with a wide range of radioactive sources and radiation detectors. There is also an extended project in the spring and an eleven-week MSc dissertation project in the summer.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The programme material is taught by a combination of academics from the Department of Physics at Surrey and specialists provided by industrial partners. The Surrey academics are part of the Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics which houses the largest academic nuclear physics research group in the UK.
In addition to the formal lectures for taught modules, the programme provides a wide range of experimental hands-on training. This includes a nine-week radiation physics laboratory which takes place in the specialist radiation laboratories within the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey.
These were recently refurbished as part of a £1 million upgrade to the departmental teaching infrastructure. Within the Department, we also have a common room and a departmental library, which contains copies of earlier MSc dissertations.
As well as the laboratory training, you will also undertake a research project at the beginning of the Spring semester as a precursor to the eleven-week research dissertation project which makes up the final part of the MSc.
There are many opportunities for both the spring research project and summer dissertation project to be taken in an external industrial environment.
The programme has produced over 500 UK and overseas graduates, many of whom have gone on to well-paid positions in companies in the nuclear and radiation sectors. In the UK we need to decommission old reactors and build new ones to provide a low-carbon source of energy.
This, together with, for example, the importance of radioisotopes in fields such as medicine, means that the career prospects of our graduates are excellent.
The programme integrates the acquisition of core scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills with a focus on professional career development within medical physics and radiation detection, and related industries.
The principle educational aims and outcomes of learning are to provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applied to medical physics, radiation detection instrumentation, radiation and environmental practice in an industrial or medical context.
This is achieved by the development of the participants’ understanding of the underlying science and technology and by the participants gaining an understanding of the legal basis, practical implementation and organisational basis of medical physics and radiation measurement.
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
With digital technology continuing to revolutionise the way companies do business, the study of IT, intellectual property (IP), and commercial law has never been more relevant. Drawing on Southampton’s world-class expertise in law, computer science and Web science, this LLM provides specialist knowledge that will be invaluable in today’s e-commerce sector.
This masters programme is designed to meet the growing need for specialists who understand – and can anticipate – the legal issues that arise when the worlds of IT and commerce meet. Tackling topics such as IP, e-commerce, data protection, and intermediary liability, it offers a thorough grounding in the current legal frameworks and emerging debates that impact on today’s digital and data-driven economy. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course draws on Southampton’s world-renowned expertise in law, computer science and Web science, exposing you to cutting-edge developments in all three fields. Part of a supportive and dynamic law school community, you’ll learn from academics who are at the forefront of their specialist areas. They bring insights from their practice and research to their teaching; you’ll also learn from guest lecturers from major corporations. You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of this important and ever-evolving area of law, advanced critical thinking skills and the ability to apply your knowledge commercially, ensuring you are highly sought after by businesses and law firms.
We welcome applications from recent law graduates or graduates from disciplines with a strong legal component who are keen to specialise in this fascinating field of law, as well as those with professional experience who are seeking to advance their career or take it in a new direction. We attract high-calibre students from around the world, enabling you to build a network of friends and contacts that will prove invaluable as you progress in this global sector.
Our numerous careers events and workshops, run by the Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and the student-run law societies, will give you a head start when you enter the job market. Careers activities include:
In addition, your tutors on the LLM IT and Commerce will circulate relevant vacancies and use their knowledge of the sector to offer tailored careers advice. You can also take advantage of external professional networking events in London, which is just over an hour from Southampton by train.
Your specialist knowledge, professional skills and ability to think critically will ensure you have a competitive advantage when applying for roles that require expertise in the various aspects of IT and commercial law. This degree is excellent preparation if you are interested in becoming a specialist advisor within a law firm, joining an in-house law team within a global corporation or EU and international institutions as a legal or policy officer, working as a public affairs professional or within the constantly expanding e-commerce and data-driven business sector.