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This course is key for both lawyers and non-lawyers working in the computer and communications field

Programme now open to non-law graduates - study a pre-sessional module and then carry on with your studies from the optional modules available

Flexible, cost effective, global classroom - just some of the reasons why distance learning is the best solution for you to increase your professional skills

Benefit from tuition from Queen Mary University of London, one of the UK's highest ranking universities in law, and member of the exclusive Russell Group of leading UK Universities

Benefit from the experienced and highly acclaimed faculty from academia and professional practice who are on hand to guide you through every aspect of the programme

Gain an LLM, PgDip or Certificate in Computer and Communications Law from one of the UK’s leading law schools - Queen Mary University of London

Studying at Queen Mary University of London

Studying at Queen Mary University of London

This unique distance-learning programme draws on the established teaching strengths and leading research reputation of CCLS in the fields of Digital IP Law, Media Law, Telecoms Law and IT Law.

By studying for either the LLM, Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate you will:

• Gain expertise in the legal regimes governing the supply and use of computer and communications technology

• Examine the complex issues concerning national and international law and policy relating to computer and communications technology

• Analyse how computer and communications technology has affected the application of traditional legal principles.

View the latest Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning programme.

Programme start dates: 1st September 2015 and 11th January 2016

Why Study This Programme?

This programme is highly relevant to today’s international market and is designed with employability in mind:

This is THE programme in Computer and Communications Law for lawyers and non-lawyers

The programme is key to lawyers and from 2015, also non-lawyers who work in the field of computer and communications. If you do not have a law degree, you can join the programme in September 2015 and study a pre-sessional module on 'Legal Writing'. After completion of this module, you will then proceed to choose your optional modules from January 2016.

• Undertake a flexible, alternative study solution to the traditional on campus programmes, tailor-made for working professionals in the areas outlined below and studied 100% ONLINE

Improve your career prospects by gaining a high level qualification without compromising your work commitments and gain the professional skills and practical experience that businesses are looking for today

• Benefit from teaching which includes industry experience and is informed by world-leading research

• Choose the modules and the dissertation to tailor the programme precisely to your needs and to the needs of your business and ensure you have the best opportunities in your career progression

Other Events That Will Interest You

The 18th Annual

IT Law Summer School 2015

03 Aug 2015 - 07 Aug 2015
Downing College, Cambridge, UK


What will I study on the programme?

View full Computer and Communications Law 2015 Module Descriptions here

During each term a selection of 3-4 modules from the list below will be offered. Modules are usually offered on a two-year cycle:

Complete List of Modules Offered on the Programme

• Online Banking and Financial Services
• Computer Crime (TBC)
• Online Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
• IT Outsourcing
• Advanced IP Issues: Protection of Computer Software
• Privacy and Data Protection Law
• Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
• Intellectual Property: Foundation
• Internet Content Regulation (TBC)
• Information Security and the Law
• Internet Jurisdictional Issues and Dispute Resolution in E-commerce
• European Telecommunications Law
• International Telecommunications Law (TBC)
• E-Commerce Law
• Online Media Regulation
• Taxation and Electronic Commerce
• Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
• Broadcasting Regulation
• Regulation of Cross-Border Online Gambling (TBC)
• Internet Governance
• Online Trademarks
• Cloud Computing (TBC)

PLUS new for 2015:

  • IP in Video Games and Virtual Worlds



Modules available Autumn 2015:

Pre sessional Legal Systems, Research Skills and Writing for IT Law

Information Security and the Law

Advanced IP Issues: Protection of Computer Software

Computer Crime (TBC)

Internet Content Regulation (TBC)

Modules available Spring 2016:

Legal Principles and Concepts in Computer Law

Cloud Computing (TBC)

IP Foundation

International Telecommunications Law (TBC)

IP in Video Games and Virtual Worlds

Modules available Summer 2016:

IT Outsourcing

Online Media Regulation

Taxation and Electronic Commerce

Regulation of Cross-Border Online Gambling (TBC)

You will receive a module option form to make your module choices for the upcoming academic year.


This unique programme draws on the established teaching strengths and leading research reputation of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and is a career driver for those working internationally in the areas of:

• Data Protection & Privacy
• Telecommunications Regulations
• IP, Digital IP (Software Protection, Trademarks, Copyright)
• Cybercrime, Information Security, Cybersecurity
• Internet & Computer Forensics
• ICT Outsourcing and Cloud Computing
• Online Gambling
• Media Law
• Information Law

Read Julia Hornle's comments from a recent BBC interview on the issue of whether small print in online contracts is enforceable

What did previous students think of the programme?

"I can highly recommend the Post-graduate Diploma in Communications and Computer Law (Distance Learning) which I began while living in the Cayman Islands in order to gain a deeper insight into the law as it relates to the internet and to keep up to date with legal developments. I have developed an interest in how the law applies to open source software development and came runner up in an essay prize on the subject which Queen Mary runs in conjunction with leading boutique technology law practice, Preiskel & Co LLP. The distance learning aspect of the course works very well and the course is both challenging and flexible."
Jane Halkerston
Solicitor and Computer and Communications Law Postgraduate Diploma Distance Learning StudentFormerly in house litigation counsel at a multinational telecommunications company and bank having trained and worked at Herbert Smith LLP.