Diploma in Computer and Communications Law
Application dates 2010-11
How to apply
The Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL) offers a programme of online distance learning courses that leads to the award of a Queen Mary, University of London, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Communications Law.
Your degree certificate will make no distinction between the Postgraduate Diploma studied by presence in London and the Postgraduate Diploma studied by Distance Learning.
The programme draws on the established strengths of Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) in computer, e-commerce and communications law and associated topics within the Information Technology Unit.
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. Teaching Computer and Communications Law online has the further benefit that almost all relevant materials are recent in origin and potentially available in digital format. The course will rely heavily on the use of professional legal databases such as Lexis and Westlaw, combined with the Blackboard (WebCT) course teaching platform for additional materials, bulletin board tutorials, chat room discussions and student assignments. Course modules will be delivered to students on CD-ROM and some of these will include audio and audio-visual presentations. You will not be required to have access to a local law library, or to have Internet access beyond a basic dial-up modem connection to the World Wide Web.
The course must be completed within a minimum of two years, maximum four years to obtain 120 credits.
Credits are obtained through a combination of taught online modules, dissertations (10,000 or 20,000 words) on the topic of your choice and seminar presentations. The research seminar presentation option involves a presentation at the distance learning weekend on a topic agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5000 word essay. The seminar presentation option may be completed over the August and January terms and is worth 15 credits.
Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term and is worth 15 credits. A 10,000 word dissertation is usually taken over two terms and is worth 30 credits. A 20,000 word dissertation is usually taken over four terms and is worth 60 credits.
The year is divided into three four-month terms, with different modules being offered each term. Each module will of assessed tasks, essay and final assessed exercise.
You can complete the programme by the following options:
Pass eight taught course modules
Pass six taught course modules as well as one 10,000 word dissertation
The programme is based on the modules listed below:
Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
Advanced IP Issues: Protecting Computer Software
Advanced IP Issues: Trade Marks and Domain Names
Data Protection and Privacy
Electronic Banking and Financial Services
Electronic Commerce Law
European Telecommunications Law
Information Security Law
Information Technology Outsourcing
Intellectual Property: Foundation
International Telecommunications Law
Internet Content Regulation
Information Communications Technology and Competition Law
Introduction to Sales and Trading
Jurisdictional Issues in e-Commerce
Mergers and Acquisitions in the ICT Sector
Online Dispute Resolution in e-Commerce
Online Media Regulation
Taxation of e-Commerce
Online Banking Financial Services
The terms are as follows:
Autumn Session: End of August until December
Spring Session: Beginning of January until April
Summer Session: Beginning of May until August
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 the end of June and for a spring start you will need to return your forms by the beginning of November