The Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL) offers online distance learning programmes that leads to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate in Computer and Communications Law.
The programme draws on our established teaching and research expertise in IT law, e-commerce law, communications law, computer law and media law.
Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning in that it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitations. Most of the relevant materials for computer and communications law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw to which you gain access through your Queen Mary Student account. We use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform to deliver clear course structures, teaching materials and to create interactive courses. Your e-learning experience is enhanced by tutorials using discussion boards, blog postings and live chat for class discussions and question and answer sessions. We have designed the course to allow as much interaction and feedback between students and tutors as possible. Your understanding will be deepened by discussing your reading with fellow students and your course tutor and carrying out short tasks related to the course. We also use audio and audio-visual presentations. You will not need to have access to a local law library, a basic internet connection and browser is all that is needed to do the course.
Completion of the Certificate takes one to two years, part-time and is tailored for the needs of busy practitioners or other lawyers who would like to obtain knowledge in the computer and communications law field. Students may switch to the Diploma (120 credits) or the LLM (180 credits) after completing the Certificate.
Programme structure You can study Computer and Communications Law to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM level, by distance learning.
The programme is tailored for you if you wish to obtain a specialist Certificate in Digital Media Law, Certificate in IT or IP Law, Certificate in E-commerce Law or a Certificate in Communications Law. The certificate requires the successful completion of 60 credits over a minimum of one year, which can be completed as follows: ◦four taught modules, or ◦three taught modules and the optional research seminar paper/presentation
On successful completion of the certificate you may switch to the diploma. The diploma must be completed within a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six years. The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits, which can be completed as follows: ◦eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation), or ◦six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as one 10,000-word dissertation
If you choose to continue to the LLM, you will need to complete 180 credits, which can be completed as follows: ◦six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as three 10,000-word dissertations, (or one 20,000-word dissertation in addition to one 10,000-word dissertation), or ◦eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as two 10,000-word dissertations, (or, with approval, one 20,000-word dissertation) Modules: The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term.
◦Taught modules (15 credits) ◦Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
◦Research seminar paper/presentation (optional) (15 credits) (January – May) ◦This involves a 30 minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.
◦Dissertations (for the diploma and LLM only) – on a topic of your own choice ◦10,000-word dissertations (30 credits) – taken over two consecutive terms ◦20,000-word dissertation (60 credits) – taken over four consecutive terms
Certificate in Digital Media Law Module options ◦CCDM009 Computer Crime ◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law ◦CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation ◦CCDM028 Online Media Regulation ◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law ◦CCDM037 Broadcasting Regulation ◦CCDM038 Regulation of Cross-border Online Gambling
Certificate in IP and IT Law Module options ◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce ◦CCDM011 IT Outsourcing ◦CCDM013 Advanced IP Issues: Protection of Computer Software ◦CCDM015 Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management ◦CCDM016 Intellectual Property: Foundation ◦CCDM040 Online Trademarks ◦CCDM043 – Cloud Computing
Certificate in E-commerce Law Module options ◦CCDM008 Online Banking and Financial Services ◦CCDM009 Computer Crime ◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce ◦CCDM011 IT Outsourcing ◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law ◦CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation ◦CCDM019 Information Security and the Law ◦CCDM020 Internet Jurisdictional Issues and Dispute Resolution in E-commerce ◦CCDM025 Mergers and Acquisitions in the IT Sector ◦CCDM027 E-Commerce Law ◦CCDM029 Taxation and Electronic Commerce ◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law ◦CCDM040 Online Trademarks ◦CCDM043 – Cloud Computing
Certificate in Communications Law Modules ◦CCDM010 Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce ◦CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law ◦CCDM019 Information Security and the Law ◦CCDM021 European Telecommunications Law ◦CCDM026 International Telecommunications Law ◦CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
You can start the programme in either the autumn term or the spring term. You should return your completed application forms two months before the start of term. For example, for an autumn start you will need to return your forms by mid-July and for a spring start you will need to return your forms by the beginning of November.
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures if you are made an offer all applicants will be expected to submit by post (courier) or in person certified copies of qualifications which were uploaded when making an online application.