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Distance Learning PGCert in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law

Application deadlines

  • For 28 August 2019 start; 21 July 2019
  • For 8 January 2020 start; 2 December 2019

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law by Distance Learning programme is one of a suite of online learning programmes that can lead to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law.

The programme draws on our established teaching and research expertise in IT law, e-commerce law, telecommunications 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 enhance 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.

Completion of the Certificate takes minimum one; maximum two years part-time study and is tailored for the needs of busy practitioners or other lawyers who would like to obtain specialist knowledge in the computer and communications law field.

Students may continue onto the Diploma (120 credits), or the LLM (180 credits) after completing the Certificate.

This programme will:

  • Give you expertise in the legal regimes governing the supply and use of technology, media and telecommunications.
  • Examine the complex issues concerning national and international law and policy relating to technology, media and telecommunications.
  • Analyse how technology, media and telecommunications law has affected the application of traditional legal principles.
  • Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career.
  • Allow you to decide how far you wish to take your study.


The programme is tailored for you if you wish to obtain an award route; Certificate in Digital Media Law, Certificate in IT or IP Law, Certificate in E-commerce Law or a Certificate in Telecommunications 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 change 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 one 20,000-word dissertation

Distance learning

Increasingly we all face more pressures in our business lives and finding the time to attend courses can be very difficult. Distance learning is the solution to your training needs; it allows you the full benefits of studying for a recognised UK university qualification whilst still in full-time employment using this freedom and flexibility to your advantage.

You can set the pace at which you learn and decide when, where and how long you want to study for.

This programme is delivered via our web-based online learning environment (OLE). All written assignments are submitted through the e-learning system. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the student community.


The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term. Modules are offered on a two year rotation.

The semesters are as follows:

  • Autumn: From the end of August until December
  • Spring: Beginning of January until April
  • Summer: Beginning of May until August.

Learning and teaching

Each taught module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term.

Each module will consist of assessed:

  • Tasks (10%)
  • Module essay (35%)
  • Final assessment exercise (55%) (take-home exam)

You also have the option to give a research seminar paper/presentation where you will give a 40-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 Semester 3: May – August term.

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.


Distance learning students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.

Visit the Distance Learning PGCert in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!





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