About the course

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.

We also offer a range of other Master of Law pathways.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 LLM Masters Degree in Law Semester A Entrants 2019 Course fact sheet 2 LLM Masters Degree in Law Semester B Entrants
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 LLM Masters Degree in Law

Why choose this course?

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. 

Course details

Careers

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. 

Teaching methods

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.

Structure

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    Intellectual Property 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Data Protection Law 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods and Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Alternative Dispute Resolution 30 Credits Optional
    Banking Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Public International Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Commercial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance 30 Credits Optional
    Company Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Environmental Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Energy Law 30 Credits Optional
    Medical Law and Ethics 30 Credits Optional
    International Human Rights Law 30 Credits Optional
    Islamic Finance Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Development Law 30 Credits Optional
    Private International Law 30 Credits Optional
    Emerging technologies and law 30 Credits Optional
    International Electronic Communications Law 30 Credits Optional
    Corporate Governance 30 Credits Optional
    Employment law 30 Credits Optional
    International Financial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8925 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £745 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13500 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1125 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.

    You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

    Please contact Admissions Tutor at lawadmissions@herts.ac.uk to discuss entry requirements further.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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    2020

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    21/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Full Time)
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    2021

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    21/01/202231/01/2023Apply online (Full Time)
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    21/01/202231/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students